Yesterday, Signify introduced several new outdoor products at CES in Las Vegas. There are some very interesting new releases such as the Appear and Resonate wall lights with their up- and downward beams. But also the popular “plug-and-play” portfolio has been expanded by two low-voltage lights: Lily XL and the Impress wall light.
Last year, Philips introduced Hue zones in the Hue app. This made it possible to either combine several rooms or group individual lamps within a room. Until now, the zones were a beta feature but this will change with the update to version 3.4.0 of the Hue app.
Actually, this should have been the case by the end of 2019, but finally there is a highly official announcement and probably an update soon: the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box finally gets further improvements. First and foremost concern is the connection to infrared remote controls.
A few weeks ago we already had a first look, today Philips Hue officially presented its innovations for spring 2020 at CES. Just like last year, outdoor products will again be presented at CES, including a new more powerful spot. In this article we’ll present the models you can look forward to in the coming weeks.
I already introduced the Lutron Aurora to you last year and I have to admit that I just love the idea. The manufacturer has created a switch that can be easily installed over an existing switch without having to interfere with the electronics. So it’s almost exactly what we have all been wanting for a long time.
I have reported on Nanoleaf on several occasions in the past, and of course the French company has some exciting new products in store for the CES in Las Vegas this week. There is finally some definite information about the hexagonal light elements announced last year.
Even though most of us still rely on the full-grown Hue system with a bridge, I don’t want to leave out today’s update for the Bluetooth version of the Hue app. It is interesting for beginners who want to start with only a few bulbs – or for children’s rooms where the child’s smartphone should only display lamps from their own room.
Last year in April, we announced that the popular Android app Hue Essentials will also be available for iOS. Now the release is online. Hue Essentials (App Store link) is now available for iPhone and iPad. Since we are rooted in the Apple cosmos we generally rely on the well-known and long-standing application iConnectHue.
A few weeks ago I already presented the SM216 from Samotech to you. With the switch adapter, mounting the Hue Smart Button over an existing light switch should not be a problem anymore. Now I can confirm: conversion is really very easy. Unfortunately, the Samotech SM216 is not yet available in stores.