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Update for the Hue Sync Box: Voice control and universal remote controls Still in exclusive distribution

Still in exclusive distribution

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.

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Officially introduced: This is the new Hue Outdoor Series First products will be available in January

First products will be available in January

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.

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Lutron Aurora: innovative Friends of Hue switch gets wall mount Only available in the USA so far

Only available in the USA so far

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.

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Nanoleaf Unified Hexagons: new LED panels coming in May Different shapes combined

Different shapes combined

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.

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Philips Hue Bluetooth app now supports routines Wake up naturally, go to sleep & timer

Wake up naturally, go to sleep & timer

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.

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Hue Essentials: now also available for iOS Free download for iPhone and iPad

Free download for iPhone and iPad

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.

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Samotech SM216: switch adapter for the Hue Smart Button in detail Probably available in stores in February

Probably available in stores in February

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.

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Hue Smart Button: problems solved, switch adapter coming Still exclusively available at Amazon

Still exclusively available at Amazon

The Hue Smart Button has kept us pretty busy in the past few weeks since its launch at the end of October. Especially the problems in connection with third-party accessories have caused irritation. As I was able to report last week, Signify took care of the problem and provided a firmware update for the Hue Smart Button.

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Richer Colors, Perfect Fit & Annoying Sound: problems with the new GU10 spots More and more users report annoying whining

More and more users report annoying whining

Philips Hue has taken a step in the right direction with the new GU10 spots which were launched in late summer. The new models are brighter, provide better colour rendition and have also been shrunk to a perfect size so that they fit easily into spot lights from other manufacturers. However, there seems to be another innovation besides Richer Colors & Perfect Fit: An extremely annoying whining.

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Ambilight+Hue: Philips television does not find new Hue lamps Problem occurs due to TV restrictions

Problem occurs due to TV restrictions

Philips televisions with built-in Ambilight are a great thing. I’ve been using one myself for years but in the end a good offer for an LG TV came through. If you have an Ambilight TV in use you should definitely keep in mind the issues surrounding the interaction between Ambilight and Hue described in this article.

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