The British manufacturer Samotech is known for its sometimes very clever solutions, among other things it has made a name for itself in this country with its switch covers. With the Samotech SM315 and SM317, I briefly introduced two new products to you before Christmas, now I could try them out myself.
I already announced it last week, now I can show you the result: Since yesterday the Philips Hue Flourish is floating above my dining table. Today I would like to share with you my first experiences around the installation and of course the first impression after the installation. But first let’s have a look at the previous state.
Since I first came into contact with an Ambilight TV in 2010, I wouldn’t want to be without the technology. Unfortunately, true Ambilight is only available on Philips TVs – but with the Gradient Lightstrip, Philips Hue now has its own retrofit solution in its portfolio. In this review I would like to tell you about my experiences with the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip.
This week Signify introduced a new generation of Philips Hue Iris. The mood light is a true icon and was introduced almost 10 years ago as the LivingColors model, almost as long ago the Iris is also available as a Hue model. Unfortunately, the Hue Iris was in the shadow of the Hue Go for quite a long time, which has found many fans in recent years.
Although I suspect that something will happen soon in this direction, Philips Hue has not yet managed to equip a filament lamp with White Ambiance technology. Up to now, the original Philips Hue filament lamps have a fixed colour temperature of 2,100 Kelvin. Fortunately, there are third-party suppliers who, thanks to the ZigBee standard, offer lamps compatible with the Hue Bridge that can do just that.
Despite the high price, the Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box is very popular. Especially in the social media, I see installations with several Hue lights behind, under or next to the TV, particularly the Philips Hue Play Lightbar is very well suited for this purpose. But how is that in reality?
In my search for new ZigBee products that can be connected with the Philips Hue Bridge, I came across a Giderwel light strip a few days ago. The LightStrip, which is just under two meters long, costs just 28.99 euros – only about half of what you paid for the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus in good times.
Last week, the colleagues from Lampenwelt.de approached me and offered me to try a portable LED light with rechargeable battery. Of course I didn’t let them tell me twice and decided to try the Yeelight Candela, which can also be controlled via an app thanks to Bluetooth. The table lamp is approximately 19.5 centimetres high and about 7.5 centimetres wide.
Just over a month ago, Philips Hue introduced the Centris, its first ceiling spotlight. And rarely have opinions on a Hue product diverged as widely as on this new release. Some Hue users were immediately fascinated, others were put off by the price and still others found the design simply ugly.
I already shared the first interesting detail about the new fourth generation Philips Hue LightStrip Plus with you yesterday: Due to much more compact connection pins the new LightStrip cannot be extended with old extensions – and vice versa. Today I would like to take a look at a new feature of the LightStrip together with you: The included connector.