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What’s new from Philips Hue?


In early September 2019 at IFA in Berlin Philips Hue announced new smart home and lighting products, including an upgraded Hue Go, the Smart button, the Smart plug, and a selection of new Bluetooth and Edison style LED filament bulbs. I took a look at what was on offer and as a Philips Hue user got very excited for the new line up and future products. Here’s a quick run down of what to expect from Hue in the next few months – taking us in to 2020.

With any luck I’ll have some of the new products to test out and give a full review in October some time. Look out for those.

The Hue Go portable smart lamp: bring smart light anywhere
The Philips Hue Go is a portable smart lamp offering coloured smart light, including preset light recipes and scenes — and it now features Bluetooth capability, meaning you can control it with the free Hue Bluetooth app or your voice via selected smart home assistants. Retaining its signature design, the upgraded Hue Go also features an improved battery life, meaning you can now bring it with you anywhere you like for an even longer period of time.

Smart plug and Smart button: small size, big impact
Two new smart accessories allow you to connect and control your home lighting system like never before. The Smart plug turns any table or floor lamp — even those in which you can’t place a Hue bulb — into a Hue smart light. Simply connect any lamp to the Smart plug and add it to your Philips Hue setup, switching it on or off as you would control any other light using the Philips Hue Bluetooth app, a smart accessory, or your voice.
The Smart button, though subtle in size, packs a big punch — in a single press, you can control your Hue lights however you like, or press and hold the button to brighten and dim. When connected to the Philips Hue bridge, you can configure it so it turns your lights to a preset white shade and brightness adapted to the time of day: in the morning, one touch will turn your lights to cool tones and in the evening on touch will trigger warmer light settings. With a magnetic back side and its adhesive mini mount, you can place it wherever you need it. It also includes a larger backplate with the same dimension as your standard single gang wall switch, making it a smart replacement for your existing wall switch!

New build-on and recessed spot lights: add a touch of modern
Add a touch of contemporary elegance to any room with the Philips Hue White and colour ambiance Fugato and Argenta build-on spot lights, available in single, double, triple, or quadruple-light fixtures. For a subtler look, use the new Philips Hue White and colour ambiance Centura recessed spot light in either the round or square version. Both series of spot lights are Bluetooth enabled which makes setting the perfect scene just a simple click away.

GU10 spot lights: a new generation
New Bluetooth-enabled White and colour ambiance GU10 spots give your built-in and recessed spot lights a burst of colour and add style to any room of your home. This new bulb features exciting upgrades: higher lumen, richer colour and a new design that now perfectly fits in your spots! Rather than relying on a single switch to turn on or off all your spot lights at once, you can control these bulbs individually in the Hue app.

E14 candle bulbs: light up your space in style
The new White E14 candle bulb give you more choice when selecting your home lighting. Ready to use after a simple setup with Bluetooth or a Hue Bridge, these bulbs are the perfect addition to the Philips Hue range.

The Adore bathroom range: bathe in perfect light
Philips Hue has expanded the Adore range to include more lights for the bathroom, including a recessed spot and a large and small version of a slender, horizontal mirror light. The recessed spots pack, which features three spots, and each of the two mirror lights include a Hue Dimmer switch for easy control. Featuring four default light recipes, the Adore range provides the best light — cool to warm white — to make your daily routines, such as applying makeup in the morning or soaking in a relaxing bath at the end of the day, that much easier.

Pricing and availability
The Philips Hue Go is available from October in Europe, US and Canada for 69.99 GBP.
The Philips Smart plug is available in the United Kingdom for 29.95GBP.
The Philips Hue Smart button is available in the United Kingdom for 17.95GBP.

Darren Millar
30 something, ex-nightclub DJ. Currently loving technology. Smart home builder, Small Japanese car fan. Never owned an iPhone. Cat person.

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