More than eight years after the launch of Philips Hue, there is finally a solution to probably the biggest problem of the system. With the new Philips Hue Wall Switch Module, all classic light switches can be integrated into the system. The in-wall switch presented today is to be launched on the market in a few weeks at what I consider a fair price.
The last Philips Hue ceiling light I installed was the Hue Flourish pendant and let me tell you, it was a cramp and impossible on its own. With the latest ceiling light from the Hue portfolio, the Hue Centris, the installation has already been simplified considerably – here, a carabiner is used with which you can clamp the light to the fixture so that you can do the wiring in a relaxed manner and without a helping hand.
About one and a half years ago, Philips Hue started to equip its light sources with Bluetooth in addition to ZigBee. Most recently, numerous products were equipped with the additional wireless connection last summer, including the popular Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus. Another product, however, still seems to be waiting for an update: the Philips Hue Play Lightbar.
It’s been half a year since the new Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus with Bluetooth support hit the market. Apart from the additional wireless technology and the ability to reconnect cut-off parts with a connector, nothing significant has changed. But there is one problem: The new Lightstrip Plus cannot be connected with old extensions and the old Lightstrip Plus without Bluetooth is not compatible with the new extensions.
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.
The industrious developer Stefan Göhler has once again released a new update for his popular app iConnectHue. In the universal app for iPhone and iPad, which currently costs 5.49 euros, you will now find a new animation package. Here’s what the developer has to say about these new animations: “iConnectHue 4.4 adds new year animations, which are somehow special, as we tweaked iConnectHue’s animation system to be able to make the bridge do rapid changes to the lights.
At the beginning of the week I already told you that there will soon be a second generation of the Philips Hue dimming switch. As I could now find out, Signify has not only slightly changed the design of the switch, but also adapted the way it works. I’ll tell you exactly what that will look like in this article.
Just over two months ago, the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip hit the market. It is the perfect partner for the HDMI Sync Box, but in truth there is much more to it. With the light strip that can display multiple colours at the same time, Philips Hue has developed a technology that can bring us a lot more joy in the future – even outside of entertainment mode with the Sync Box.
Yesterday I already presented the new dimmer switch and a new outdoor lamp. With the latter, there are still some details to be clarified, so I have taken the article offline for the time being. But today I have the next new Philips Hue product for you: a new version of the Appear Outdoor wall lamp.
Today, I can share another glimpse of a new product with you: Philips Hue will update its popular and well-known dimmer switch in the near future. We have known it in its current form for some years now. The new version will look a lot more modern, but will offer the same functions.