Matter has been with us for several years now. Formerly known as Connected Home over IP or CHIP, the new smart home standard aims to make the connected future much easier. In principle, all the major partners from the electronics world are involved, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung and Ikea. And Signify with Philips Hue and WiZ is also one of Matter’s supporters.
It is now almost exactly ten years since Philips Hue was launched. What started with simple E27 light bulbs has now really grown up. Year after year, the Philips Hue product portfolio has grown, and now you can easily equip your whole house and garden with Philips Hue. But is that the end of the line?
I like Philips Hue. No wonder, after all, I have not only equipped almost my entire house with smart light sources from the manufacturer, but I also have a blog dedicated to the topic. In principle, not a day goes by without me dealing with Philips Hue. And these are not only positive stories, but meanwhile also more and more problems.
This afternoon, Philips Hue released another update for its app: Version 4.26.0 is available for download not only for Apple devices, but this time also directly in the Google Play Store. The focus of the update is the presence simulation previously known from Hue Labs, which has now been firmly integrated into the app as “Mimic Presence” automation.
The new Philips Hue Lightguide lamps were officially announced for the fourth quarter of the year, i.e. between October and December. At the beginning of the month, however, Philips Hue was still assuming that they would be able to do it sooner. This is confirmed by information available to me as well as official statements from Philips Hue via the support channels.
Today, the Philips Hue Perifo track system is officially launched. In the official Philips Hue online shop, numerous bundles are already listed, but you can’t order the Perifo sets and individual parts yet. Other retailers, such as Click-Licht.de, promise availability only in about four weeks. However, I did discover one interesting detail: The ceiling power supply of the Perifo track system has a small cap on the side that can be easily removed if you want to disconnect the power supply “externally”.
Above the bedside tables of my wife and me there are currently three White Ambiance Filament Edison bulbs from Philips Hue. Compared to the White Filaments, the white tone is already much more pleasant, but unfortunately one other thing has not improved: The minimal brightness. In normal everyday life, this is not a problem, whereby the emphasis here is clearly on the day.
Philips Hue has released another update for its app this afternoon – and it includes an interesting innovation for the dynamic scenes. Among other things, this affects their use in conjunction with a switch or automation. The setting can be activated for each individual scene. To do this, simply select a scene that has already been saved in a room or zone and click on the Edit button.
It is one of the new releases I was particularly looking forward to: The new Philips Hue Lightguide series. These are E27 light bulbs with White and Color Ambiance technology, which are equipped with a light bulb inside and have an extravagant look. There are three different shapes to start with: Globe, Triangular and Ellipse.
Signify unveils a new range of Philips Hue smart lighting products and app features, from unique design options to complement home decor and create the perfect ambiance, to more immersive entertainment experiences for gaming and music. New launches include a striking range of contemporary style bulbs available in three distinctive shapes, a new gradient lightstrip specifically designed for PC monitors to bring the ultimate light experience to PC gaming and a new Mimic presence automation to the Hue app for more peace of mind when you’re away.