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.
We pre-ordered them a few months ago, they arrived in July and could not be installed at first: The controller of our new Nanoleaf Shapes was broken. In the end, the replacement of the defective part via the Nanoleaf support went without any problems and with a little delay we could finally try the Hexagons.
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.
Until now, Philips Hue has dominated the market in terms of outdoor products with low-voltage systems. Those who do not want to handle 230 volts, but are looking for a simple, fast and safe system for lighting the garden, terrace or balcony, will soon be delighted by Innr.
Today I want to ask a simple question and discuss it with you: How do you illuminate your kitchen? The worktop, to be precise. In my home I use a Philips Hue LightStrip Plus for this purpose, which is mounted in a small profile. I introduced it to you a few years ago.