Signify Launches New Philips Hue Lighting Options

Alongside new Philips Hue-branded Secure Cameras, Signify today announced the upcoming launch of new Hue lighting options. There's a new generation of Philips Hue Festavia string lights that can be used indoors or outdoors.

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There are three varieties, including 100 LEDs on an 8-meter cord, 250 LEDs on a 20-meter cord, and 500 LEDs on a 40-meter cord. There are three new lighting effects designed for the Festavia lights in the Hue app, including Prism, Glisten, and Opal. The effects can also be used with the first-generation Festavia lights, and the Prism effect can be used on all Hue color lights.

A new MR16 Philips Hue bulb adds smart lighting to conventional spotlights. It works on the same 12V voltage as standard MR16 bulbs, so the bulb should fit into most existing fixtures.

The Philips Hue Centris is a combination ceiling spotlight that pairs a diffused main light with 350-degree adjustable spotlights that can be angled to highlight parts of the room. Each light can be set and controlled individually with the Hue app.

hue centris
The last new lighting announcement is the Perifo track lighting that is composed of individual rails and lights that can be paired together to make a customizable track. Customers can choose layout, track length, and light fixtures, with the track able to be attached to the wall or the ceiling. As with the Centris, each light can be controlled individually with the Hue app.

hue perifo
Starting in September 2023, Signify is updating the Hue Bridge with Matter support. When the update launches, the Hue system will be able to more easily integrate with Matter-compatible smart home devices and apps.

The new lighting options will be available starting in September. The Festavia lights will be priced starting at $120, while the MR16 bulbs are priced at $100 for a two-pack. The Perifo track lighting system is priced at $20 to $300, while the Hue Centris is priced at $310 for a two-spot set and $490 for a 4-spot set.

More information on the new lights can be found on the Hue website.

Top Rated Comments

DMG35 Avatar
8 months ago
I really love their lighting options but my god they are expensive.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jay-Jacob Avatar
8 months ago

I hope Apple buys Hue, Philips putting the Hue brand as a separate 'Signify' does make this possible.
Why?

I hope Apple never buy them. If Apple buy them they might discontinue some of products and make it less etc. I hope it stays at Philips.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DMG35 Avatar
8 months ago

I guess it depends on manufacturer. I wanted to save once, bought half a dozen multicolor Yeelight bulbs v2. The difference in quality next to Hue was instantly noticeable. They were flashing visibly at low brightness, turned off/on on instant like a regular bulb (Hue auto dims on itself before going to 0). The wifi disconnections were the worst. I use them in garage as a dumb bulbs now.
No one is saying they aren't quality. They are, I know because I use them. That doesn't mean they can't be classified as expensive, because they are.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
slplss Avatar
8 months ago
I guess it depends on manufacturer. I wanted to save once, bought half a dozen multicolor Yeelight bulbs v2. The difference in quality next to Hue was instantly noticeable. They were flashing visibly at low brightness, turned off/on on instant like a regular bulb (Hue auto dims/lights gradually). The wifi disconnections were the worst. I use them in garage as a dumb bulbs now.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PeteBurgh Avatar
8 months ago

I really love their lighting options but my god they are expensive.
Basically this.

I was a fairly early adopter with the Hue stuff, and I've loved how reliable the connectivity has been. A welcome contrast to the more general flakiness of all sorts of other smart home stuff I've tried. The quality and durability seem excellent too - I've yet to have a single bulb or product fail.

But it's a really expensive world to live in, even waiting for sales, Amazon Warehouse discounts, etc.

Perhaps part of the reason costs have remained high is related to chip shortages - availability on lots of Hue stuff was pretty patchy 2020-2022. But I fear this is their intended price point and I'm not holding my breath for a price drop!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unggoy Murderer Avatar
8 months ago

Basically this.

I was a fairly early adopter with the Hue stuff, and I've loved how reliable the connectivity has been. A welcome contrast to the more general flakiness of all sorts of other smart home stuff I've tried. The quality and durability seem excellent too - I've yet to have a single bulb or product fail.

But it's a really expensive world to live in, even waiting for sales, Amazon Warehouse discounts, etc.

Perhaps part of the reason costs have remained high is related to chip shortages - availability on lots of Hue stuff was pretty patchy 2020-2022. But I fear this is their intended price point and I'm not holding my breath for a price drop!
Totally agree, Hue's hardware and software has been consistently excellent. I have quite a mix of different manufacturers (IKEA, Lifx, Nanoleaf, Govee) and they've definitely had the best experience. Lifx hardware is excellent, but the software and setup experiences have been inconsistent and downright faulty to the point of having to do resets on out the box items. Once they're running though it's all good. I really like IKEA's shortcut buttons, cheap and easy to set up and work great in HomeKit.

Govee provide the best value in my opinion, good connectivity and hardware quality but don't always have HomeKit support. I extend it with Homebridge though, so can get them visible and working in HomeKit.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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