Today Signify introduced a number of new Philips Hue sensible house merchandise, together with a brand new outside mild bar and an upgraded dimmer change. But the most enjoyable new product solves one in all the greatest annoyances with sensible bulbs—the mild change. The new Philips Hue wall change module upgrades your present dumb lights change to a sensible mild change. And thus prevents anybody from turning your sensible bulbs into dumb bulbs once more.
Make Your Dumb Light Switch Smart
If you may have sensible bulbs, you most likely know that ache. You open the Philips Hue app or name out to your voice assistant of selection to show in your sensible bulbs. But somebody turned the mild change off, and with out energy, they’re successfully dumb bulbs. You must go discover the mild change, flick it on, after which management it out of your app or sensible speaker. It’s annoying.
Coming quickly: the wall change module! Make any mild change sensible by putting in this little gadget behind the wall plate. Your sensible lights keep reachable and you need to use the mild change to set your favourite mild scenes.
Europe: spring 2021
North America: summer time 2021 pic.twitter.com/197GqSye4c
— Philips Hue (@tweethue) January 14, 2021
The Philips Hue wall change prevents that, and it has a number of benefits over different sensible switches. For one, it doesn’t fully exchange your mild change. Instead, you join your house wires to the module, then your present mild change to it. It tucks behind your mild change. If you may have a number of mild switches controlling a single room, you’ll want a module for every change.
Secondly, it makes use of a coin cell battery for energy as an alternative of a impartial wire. That makes it appropriate with older properties that lack impartial wires. The wall change module can bypass the circuit your mild change creates, permitting you to show in your sensible bulbs out of your app while not having to test in case your mild change is ready to “on.”
A couple of issues aren’t clear but—particularly the way it will work in U.S. properties. Signify’s present design matches European mild change types and gang containers, however not American. The form might want to change, and it might result in confusion with toggle-style mild switches which have a set “on” and “off” place. Most sensible switches get round that downside by utilizing a paddle-switch that sits in impartial. We’ve reached out for clarification on these questions and can let you understand if Signify responds.
Those vital modifications could also be why the U.S. launch date is behind the European launch date. Signify says the mild change module will launch in Europe someday in Spring 2021 for 39.95. The U.S. launch date is ready for Summer 2021 for $39.95.
An Outdoor Light Bar and Updated Dimmer Switch
Signify additionally introduced two gadgets, an outside mild bar, and an up to date dimmer change. The $169.99 Philips Hue Amarant outside mild bar bathes lights onto a floor, like the facet of your house or fence. It’s much less about offering night time mild to see by, like a floodlight, and extra about including ambiance in your house. Perfect for outside events, or simply giving your house a pleasant look. You can get the Amarant now in Europe, and it’ll arrive in the U.S. in March.
Philips Hue already has a Dimmer Switch, and now it’s getting a redesign. The new replace is refined although, and it’s troublesome to say what modified. The wall plate seems to be bigger, which can assist if you wish to cowl a wall socket as a fast and simple solution to make a dumb mild change sensible. According to Signify:
The redesigned dimmer change gives intuitive wi-fi management for Philips Hue lighting with out utilizing the app. In addition to dimming or brightening the room, the dimmer change lets customers set their favourite mild scenes or get the greatest mild based mostly on the time of day.
Like the change that got here earlier than it, the up to date dimmer change will magnetically connect to the included wall plate. You stick that to the wall with included tape. So it really works as each a simple to put in pseudo-dimmer change and a conveyable distant.
The up to date Dimmer Switch will arrive on January 26 in Europe for 19.99. It’ll come to North America on February 23 for $24.99.