Last year, Philips Hue presented the smallest smart light bulb of its kind to date: An E14 drop-shaped bulb. There was only one thing that many people didn’t understand: The product, which is perfectly suited for desk or bedside lamps, has only come onto the market as a White variant with a fixed colour temperature.
If you look around the American retail market, you won’t see much of the Innr brand already known here in Europe. No wonder, since the company, which originates from the Netherlands, has initially focused on the local market. But that could soon change. A few days ago, for example, Innr received ZigBee certification for four new light sources, three of which have a form factor that is very common in the US.
Last year, the time had come: The first Philips Hue switch ever, the Hue Tap, was discontinued. Although it is still available for purchase, the switches that are currently still available are remnants. However, the name Hue Tap will probably not disappear completely from the market. A new entry has appeared in the online store of an authorized Philips dealer from the USA.
So far, Philips Hue has been rather reticent about the exact details of the launch of the Hue Wall Switch Module. We do know that there will be a single module for 39.99 euros and a double pack for 69.99 euros, and that sales will initially be exclusive to the Philips Hue online store.
Installing a ceiling light or wall light can sometimes be a real challenge without a helping hand. I certainly wouldn’t like to imagine having to screw a light like the Philips Hue Aurelle to the ceiling on my own. But in the meantime, as we all know, there is an improvement in sight: the Philips Hue Centris is already designed in such a way that it can be mounted without a helper easily.
With the new Philips Hue Amarant, Signify’s popular and practical low-voltage system received a great new addition in January and there are probably one or two users who are currently planning their 2021 garden. Soon there could be more possibilities in this respect. I can’t confirm this completely at the moment, but I have received initial indications that the 2.5-metre outdoor cable and the T-part could soon be sold separately.
The Philips Hue Amarant is one of the four new releases that our favourite manufacturer has presented to us this month. The wall washer for outdoor use has a recommended retail price of 149.99 euros and has of course already made its way to us in Bochum. Today, I would like to give you my first impressions before the Amarant finds a permanent place in my home and I will provide you with a final report later.
It should be another two months or so before Philips Hue finally launches its new wall switch module. Formerly developed by Insta as a Friends of Hue accessory, the product will be able to turn a traditional light switch into a smart light switch. I have already collected numerous answers about the new wall switch module for you.
Until now, there has been one big enemy of smart lighting: The classic light switch. A problem we all know. Because if the power supply of the Philips Hue lamps is disconnected via the light switch, control via the Hue app is no longer possible, routines do not work and voice assistants also no longer have a chance.
I had to dig deep in the archives, but it’s actually been more than five years since Philips Hue launched the dimmer switch. The successor, which I have already presented to you in detail in the past few weeks, is due to be launched this month. In any case, it is pleasing that the price has not increased.