A fortnight ago, the new Philips Hue Ambiance Gradient Lightstrip came onto the market and caused a lot of excitement, but also a lot of questions. One question in particular has reached me frequently: How does the new lightstrip differ from the Philips Hue Play Gradient Light Strip, which has been available for a year now?
I announced this new feature a few months ago, and with the launch of iOS 15 earlier this week, I can now announce it’s a reality: There is an easy option to set a timer for Philips Hue lamps. And of course all other HomeKit devices that can be switched on and off.
After Philips Hue introduced numerous new light bulbs last week, some of you may be facing a very simple question: What is the best way to replace an existing light bulb with a newly purchased lamp? In this article, I’ll tell you the best way to do that. But first, let’s take a look at two examples that I consider to be very realistic in everyday life.
With the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, our favourite manufacturer launched an exciting new product two years ago, which was supplemented last autumn by the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip. The perfect combination to be able to offer something like Ambilight on any TV with external sources. There is only one problem with the whole thing: the “Hue Ambilight” is only three-sided.
The Philips Hue wall switch module not only works with classic light switches, but also with pushbuttons. Even though this is not advertised by Philips Hue in a big way, you even benefit from an additional function when using a push button: In addition to activating scenes, the light can also be dimmed by holding the button.
It’s March, and a look at the weather forecast reveals rising temperatures. I could imagine that one or the other of you has a lot planned in the garden – and perhaps Philips Hue should become a part of it. With the low-voltage system, Philips Hue has created an easy way to place smart light sources in the garden in a very uncomplicated, simple and safe way.
It could have all been so nice on Tuesday: Philips Hue introduces the wall switch module in its own store, you buy it and a few days later it is delivered. In virtually all European countries, however, you could buy the new accessory only for a few hours. Currently it is “temporarily out of stock” in Germany, in some other countries it could be ordered again this morning.
Since yesterday, the Philips Hue Wall Switch Module is officially sold in the manufacturer’s online shop. I’d rather not judge the shopping experience now, at the moment the Wall Switch Module is not available to order either as a single or double pack. Unfortunately, I cannot judge to what extent the availability will change for the better in the next few hours or days.
Already in a few weeks, the Philips Hue wall switch module should be on the market, officially Signify wants to launch the new accessory in spring – I assume a launch in March (Europe). Again and again, I read in social networks and comments that the Philips Hue wall switch module is too expensive and you could rather go for cheap alternatives instead.
The Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip is a rather flexible thing that can be placed around curves as you like. However, the supplied brackets are only suitable for mounting on a solid surface that can also be screwed into. If you want to lay the Outdoor Light Strip on the ground, you can now print the matching accessories yourself.