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Review of the new Innr Smart Outdoor Light String Warm white festoon for balmy summer evenings

Warm white festoon for balmy summer evenings

The time is slowly but surely approaching when you can spend longer evenings on the patio and in the garden. If you're looking for an alternative to the Philips Hue Festavia string lights and want a classic festoon shape, Dutch manufacturer Innr has the right gadget for you: the Innr Smart Outdoor Light String.

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Homey improves support for Philips Hue Interesting smart home hub

Interesting smart home hub

There are now many smart home systems on the market, one of the best known of which is certainly Home Assistant. However, you have to familiarise yourself with it and can't just get started. The system from Dutch manufacturer Athom is much easier to use: Homey. I've been using Homey for some time now and use it to control my Z-Wave roller shutter modules, which I can raise and lower depending on the weather and temperature, among other things, thanks to various Homey apps.

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That would be great: Hue Signe with night light in the stand Govee shows the way

Govee shows the way

Finally, I read in the comments that other smart lighting manufacturers are on the rise. Among others, Govee was mentioned here. I have to agree in part: Individual products are certainly impressive, but when it comes to the entire ecosystem, Philips Hue is still miles ahead of the competition. What's more, the Govee app is still not particularly user-friendly.

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Innr launches new, larger outdoor spotlights Now up to 680 lumens bright

Now up to 680 lumens bright

Innr launched its first outdoor spotlights back in 2020, but at 230 lumens they were not particularly bright. The subsequent hardware revision with 290 lumens was also unable to keep up with the Hue Lily spots, which reach 640 lumens. And with the Hue Lily XL, Philips Hue even has a 1,050 lumen outdoor spotlight on sale, which at 159.99 euros is not exactly cheap either.

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Philips Hue Lightguide: First retailer lists five models Design lamps about to return?

Design lamps about to return?

In September 2022, Philips Hue presented the Lightguide series. Three stylish E27 glass light bulbs with an internal light tube were to be launched on the market at the time. However, sales were stopped a short time later and the Ellipse model was only launched a few months later. The Lightguide Globe and Triangular versions were postponed indefinitely.

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Ikea Trådfri: Extra bright E14 bulb launched With up to 806 lumens

With up to 806 lumens

I really couldn't think of a good story this time, so unfortunately the April Fool's joke has been cancelled this year. Instead, I have some really exciting news for you, at least if you are looking for a particularly bright E14 bulb. You can now get them from Ikea. The Swedish furniture store has come up with the extremely innovative idea of shrinking the base on its Trådfri light bulb.

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Friends of Hue switches are now also getting smarter Natural light and other functions

Natural light and other functions

With the latest update to the Hue app, Philips Hue has already made its somewhat outdated Hue Tap smarter. In principle, the switch contains exactly the same module that we know from the Friends of Hue switches – just with slightly different firmware. I had already noted at the time that the third-party switches would be next in line.

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Ikea Tretakt: Use the smart plug with Philips Hue A little practical test for you

A little practical test for you

In March 2024, Ikea launched a new smart socket on the market. It's called Ikea Tretakt and costs just €7.99. The plug is currently sold out in the online shop, but is in stock in many furniture stores. And for just 2 euros more, you can also get Tretakt in a bundle with Rodret, a wireless remote control.

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Two smart lights: Philips Hue and Govee A comparison with the Govee Neon Rope Light 2

A comparison with the Govee Neon Rope Light 2

Especially after the introduction of new gradient products from Philips Hue, one name is mentioned again and again in the comments and on social media: Govee. But is the manufacturer from Asia really an alternative? I would like to explain this using the example of the new second-generation Govee Neon Rope Light.

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Next major firmware update for Hue Secure cameras These are the improvements

These are the improvements

The Hue Secure camera was officially launched in October and firmware updates were released in November and December. The third major update has been available for around a week and takes care of many small details that also have practical implications. For example, the firmware update to version 1.2.10 improves the start time of the live stream, which you can watch directly in the Hue app.

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