Smart filament lamps from Philips Hue were initially only available as Hue White, and since last year also as White Ambiance with customisable white tones. Other manufacturers are now showing that even more is technically possible: Ledvance has added the first coloured filament lamps to its range, as the colleagues from Smarthome Assistant have discovered.
Last week, a reader brought the Dutch manufacturer EcoDim to my attention. Located just over the German border, EcoDim unfortunately does not yet offer its products in Germany, but our friends from Holland were kind enough to provide me with a set of their filament lamps with ZigBee. The lamps with E27 bases all have White Ambiance technology, the colour temperature can be adjusted from 1,800 to 5,000 Kelvin.
A few weeks ago, Hueblog reader Johan from Sweden was kind enough not only to inform me about the launch of the new filament lamps from Ikea, but also to get me the novelties when they were not yet available in Germany. Unfortunately, it took a little longer than planned with the postal delivery and in the meantime I was able to find out that Philips Hue will launch its first E14 filament in autumn.
If you currently take a look at the German Ikea online shop and search for filament lamps, you will discover the following notice for the previously known E27 lamp: “Last chance! Only available for a short time.” Today I can tell you what this means. A new version will soon be available instead of the previous “golden” bulb.
This week, numerous documents from Philips Hue were published by the FCC. I could already reveal to you that they are working on new E27 light bulbs with filament technology. The documents mention “Tone Filament” and “HWA” several times – and anyone who knows a bit about Philips Hue knows what this abbreviation means: Hue White Ambiance.
In the meanwhile, there are numerous manufacturers and suppliers who, thanks to the ZigBee standard, bring lamps onto the market that can be coupled relatively easily with the Philips Hue Bridge. This is also the case with the smart lamps from Hornbach, which are marketed under the name Flair Viyu. In November, three new light bulbs came onto the market, including a filament bulb.
When Philips Hue introduced its extra small and compact E14 lamp and the new extra large filament lamps with E27 base earlier this month, the calls from the Hue community were once again heard: We wish for filament lamps with E14 base. As new entries at the FCC approval authority prove, which were first discovered before the colleagues from Smarthome Assistant, Ikea is working on a corresponding solution.
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.
Is it always this dark in the Netherlands? Besides Philips Hue from Eindhoven and Innr from Hilversum, I am already in contact with the third lighting manufacturer from our neighbouring country. Icasa from near Arnhem sent me today some initial information about a new filament lamp. The new “ZigBee Filament Bulb” from Icasa should be available on the market soon and comes in two different versions.
Almost exactly one year ago, the first filament lamps came on the market that can be coupled with the Philips Hue Bridge thanks to ZigBee connection. Even before Philips Hue launched its own products in September, the Dutch manufacturer Innr supplied us with the lamps in a vintage look. Even though more and more users want filament lamps with an E14 base, the vintage lamps are currently only available with an E27 base.