It's that time again: a year is coming to an end. It's not quite over yet, but I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy new year. And in 2022, I will of course be happy if you visit my blog regularly. If you still have a little time left in the remaining hours of 2021, you can take a look at the highlights of the year.
The Philips Hue Calla is a very special model in the Philips Hue range. After all, it was the first outdoor model of the manufacturer, in the summer of 2018 it came onto the market together with the Hue Lily. That was three and a half years ago by now. In January, Philips Hue will introduce another model of the Hue Calla.
Today I would like to take an in-depth look at the new Philips Hue Xamento. It is the first bathroom ceiling light by Philips Hue that is equipped with White and Color Ambiance technology. This means that in addition to various shades of white, the Xamento ceiling light is also the first of its kind to be able to display all 16 million colours.
Last week I was able to reveal to you that Philips Hue has not only changed the design of the packaging for the indoor motion sensor, but is also delivering a new hardware revision. On paper, there are the following changes: A new sensor that can detect movement at a distance of seven metres instead of the previous five, two additional sensitivity levels and a new setup button.
Philips Hue has claimed the launch of the new Gradient products all to itself. What do I mean by that? The APIs and tools necessary for developers were only released after the actual market launch. This explains why the initial integration with Hue Essentials did not necessarily turn out to be great and iConnectHue can only now come up with the corresponding update.
Secretly, quietly, Philips Hue has launched a new generation of its motion sensor. Okay, new generation might not be the right word, but in any case it is a new, improved hardware revision. The focus is on a new sensor lens that, according to my information, has a slightly higher sensitivity.
In the meantime, Philips Hue does offer some options to take a classic light switch out of action. And I don't just mean the Philips Hue wall switch module, but also the fact that the mounting plates of the new dimmer switch and also the Smart Button are large enough to be mounted on a flush-mounted box.
If you are actively involved in the smart home world, you may have come across the name Flic. The young start-up has successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign and has been successful with its smart buttons for some time. From Tuesday, you will be able to support the company's next product – again on Kickstarter.
At the end of the month, Philips Hue will launch another new Gradient product: The Philips Hue Play Gradient Light Tube. It is an LED tube that will be available in a total of four different versions: An 87.7 centimetre small “Compact” version in white or black for 179.99 euros and a 137.7 centimetre long “Large” version in the same colours for 199.99 euros each.
I don't really know who comes up with the names for new products at Signify in Eindhoven. After the Aurelle LED panel has been available for several years in four different versions and with White Ambiance technology, the ceiling light is now also available in two models with White and Color Ambiance.