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Review: The Philips Hue Play Sync Box Matches Your Hue Lights to What's Playing on Your Apple TV

Monday November 11, 2019 8:55 am PST by Juli Clover
Signify, the company behind the Philips Hue lights, in September announced a new Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, which brings a capability that many Hue users have wanted for years now: the ability to sync Hue lights with content that's playing on the TV for an immersive home entertainment experience. There's already a Hue Sync app that lets Hue lights be tuned to Macs and PCs, but it's...

Review: Philips Hue Vintage-Style Filament Bulbs Are Perfect for Accent Lighting

Thursday October 24, 2019 10:34 am PDT by Juli Clover
Signify, the company behind the Philips Hue line of lights, recently introduced new filament bulbs, which are designed to look like vintage filament-style light bulbs. These bulbs, which come in three sizes, are the first bulbs in the Philips Hue lineup that are meant to be used with or without a lamp shade, making them perfect for decorative-style lamps that are meant to have naked bulbs. ...

Review: Weatherproof Hue Outdoor Motion Sensor Lets You Automate Your Indoor or Outdoor Lights

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:01 pm PST by Juli Clover
The Philips Hue line of lights have been controllable via an indoor motion sensor for some time, but Signify is today introducing an Outdoor Motion Sensor that's designed to control the range of outdoor Hue lights that are now available for purchase. The Outdoor Motion Sensor works just like the indoor Smart Motion Sensor, automating your lights and other HomeKit products to come on when...

Review: Philips Hue Play Adds Bright Bias Lighting to Your Entertainment Center

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:29 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
This year marks the sixth anniversary of the first products launched by Philips Hue in October 2012, with an original system that came with three Hue bulbs and one bridge and was sold as an Apple Store exclusive. Over time, Philips Hue added HomeKit support after Apple introduced the software framework in 2014, and numerous new bulbs, lamps, lightstrips, and more have come out of Philips Lighting ...

Review: The Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip With HomeKit Integration Lights Up Your Backyard

Tuesday October 16, 2018 1:14 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Earlier this year, Signify (formerly Philips) debuted a new range of outdoor Hue lighting products that are designed to bring the iPhone-controlled multi-colored lights that you're used to using inside to the outside. There are outdoor spotlights, wall lanterns, pathway lights, outdoor bulbs, and for accent lighting, the Hue White and Color Ambiance Outdoor Lightstrip. Measuring in at 80...

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Security Researchers Expose Vulnerability in Philips Hue Smart Bulbs

Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:39 am PST by Tim Hardwick
A new vulnerability has been discovered in the Philips Hue smart lighting system that could let hackers gain access to the local host network and other devices connected to it. Discovered by Check Point Research and demonstrated in a video, the flaw relates to the Zigbee communication protocol used by Philips Hue bulbs and a number of other smart home devices, including Amazon's Ring,...

CES 2020: Philips Hue Line Gaining New Outdoor Lights and HDMI Sync Box Improvements

Tuesday January 7, 2020 8:05 am PST by Juli Clover
The popular HomeKit-enabled Philips Hue line of lights is expanding, with Signify today announcing the upcoming launch of additional outdoor lighting options. There's a new wall-mounted Appear fixture, priced at $140, which is designed to create a directed triangle of light that reaches both up and down, with the aim of elevating the home's curb appeal. The new low-voltage Lily XL...

New Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Lets You Sync Your Lights to Your Apple TV

Tuesday September 17, 2019 6:00 am PDT by Juli Clover
Signify today announced a new device for its Philip Hue line of lights, debuting the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, designed to allow Hue users to sync their lights to their home entertainment systems. The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is designed to connect between a television set and HDMI devices like the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, video game consoles, and Blu-Ray players with the purpose of...

Signify Launches New Philips Hue Smart Plug and Smart Button

Thursday September 5, 2019 12:02 am PDT by Juli Clover
Signify today announced several new Philips Hue branded products, adding to its available line of Hue bulbs and devic The Philips Hue Smart Plug, priced at $39.99, is designed to turn lamps that aren't compatible with Hue bulbs into smart lamps able to be controlled via the Philips Hue app and HomeKit. You can plug any table lamp, floor lamp, or other device into the Smart plug to add it...

Philips Hue Line Gains New Filament Smart Bulbs

Thursday September 5, 2019 12:00 am PDT by Juli Clover
Signify today announced that its Philip Hue line of lights is gaining several new filament bulb options, which will be available in a variety of sizes. Filament bulbs are bulbs that can be used with or without a lampshade, unlike other Hue bulbs that are designed for use primarily with lampshades. Filament bulbs can be viewed straight on and look attractive even when displayed in a naked lamp. ...

Philips Hue Line Gains Standalone Bluetooth Bulb Option for New Hue Users

Thursday June 27, 2019 6:45 am PDT by Juli Clover
Signify today announced that it's going to be easier to get started with the Philips Hue line of lights thanks to a new standalone Bluetooth bulb offering. The new Philips Hue with Bluetooth bulbs allow those who are newcomers to the Hue ecosystem to get started with a single light. Each of the Bluetooth bulbs can be controlled via an app using Bluetooth, with no need for the Philips Hue...

Philips Hue Expected to Launch New Filament Light Bulbs and HomeKit Smart Plug This Fall

Monday June 3, 2019 4:59 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Philips Hue is planning to launch a new collection of accessories this fall, according to a new report today by iCulture. The collection will include filament light bulbs and a brand-new smart plug. This would be the first time that Philips Hue launches its own smart plug accessory, but it's unclear if you will need a Philips Hue bridge to connect the plug or if it will be a standalone device. ...

New 'Friends of Hue' Partner Lutron Debuts New Smart Bulb Aurora Dimmer

Monday May 20, 2019 6:00 am PDT by Juli Clover
Lutron, a new "Friends of Hue" partner, today announced the launch of the Aurora Smart Bulb Dimmer, a Hue accessory that's designed to be placed over a traditional toggle light switch to prevent it from being turned off and accidentally disabling Hue smart bulbs. The Aurora Smart Bulb Dimmer is a wireless battery-powered dimmer that's meant to be mounted right over a traditional light switch,...

CES 2019: Philips Hue Gains New Outdoor Lighting Range and Outdoor Motion Sensor

Tuesday January 8, 2019 5:00 am PST by Juli Clover
Signify today announced that its Philips Hue lighting lineup is gaining new outdoor lighting and sensor options in 2019. New to the Hue Outdoor line is the Philips Hue Outdoor Sensor, which, like the indoor sensor, is designed to detect motion. The Outdoor Sensor is able to tell when a person is nearby, turning on outdoor Hue lights automatically. The Hue Outdoor Sensor is wireless and...

Philips Hue Bulbs Can Now Remain Off Following a Power Outage

Thursday December 13, 2018 4:37 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Signify updated the Philips Hue iOS app to version 3.11.0 this week, introducing the ability for users to select a customized bulb status after a power outage (via Reddit). Previously for Philips Hue owners, when the power would go out and then come back on, all of their connected Hue bulbs and fixtures would immediately turn back on, even if they were off before the power outage. Now,...

Philips Hue iOS App Updated With Siri Shortcuts Support

Wednesday October 3, 2018 5:37 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
The Philips Hue app for iOS this week updated with support for Siri Shortcuts, allowing users to add their lights to a Shortcut to turn on scenes like "Movie Time." Siri will also now learn when people are using their favorite scenes and suggest them for quick activation on the iOS lock screen, in Siri search, and on the Siri Apple Watch face (via 9to5Mac). The Shortcuts app launched to the...

Philips Hue Reveals New 'Signe' and 'Play' Collections to Light Up Your Entertainment Area

Monday August 20, 2018 3:00 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Coming off the recent reveal of Philips Hue's latest fixtures, the lighting company today announced two new collections that will be available to purchase in October: "Hue Signe" and "Hue Play." While still providing all of the expected features of Hue lights -- including HomeKit support -- the new products have unique hardware builds and are aimed to enhance entertainment areas. Starting off, ...

Philips Hue Announces Lineup of New Fixtures and Lights, First Few Launching August 20

Friday August 10, 2018 8:43 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Over the summer, a few new and upcoming Philips Hue light fixtures leaked online, including an Outdoor Light Strip and White Ambience Adore Vanity Mirror. This week, the company has announced prices and confirmed an August 20 launch date for most of these products, as well as revealed a collection of new Hue lights. As usual, all of the new Hue lights are compatible with Apple's HomeKit platform. ...

Philips Hue Outdoor Range Gaining New Weatherproof LightStrip

Monday July 23, 2018 6:47 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Philips Hue first announced a range of outdoor lights at CES in January, and then a few months later confirmed the fixtures and bulbs would launch in July. Now that the Philips Hue outdoor collection is out in the U.S., a new accessory has been discovered on the company's Netherlands website called the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LightStrip Outdoor (via HomeKit News). Similar to the ...

'Philips Hue Sync' App Launches for Mac and PC to Sync Lights With Movies, Music, and Games

Thursday May 31, 2018 4:50 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
A few days after updating its iOS app to version 3.0, Philips Hue today is launching the "Philips Hue Sync" app for Mac and PC computers. Using the app, users can sync their Hue lights to films, music, and games that they're interacting with for an even more "immersive experience," according to the company. The app works by creating light scripts for nearby Hue lights, based on...

Philips Hue Begins Rolling Out Major 3.0 Update to All Users of iOS App

Tuesday May 29, 2018 4:46 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
After an announcement at CES in January and more details unveiled earlier in May, Philips Hue today is finally beginning to roll out a major 3.0 update to its iOS app for all users of the connected lighting platform. In the release notes, the developers call version 3.0 "the biggest update to the Hue app since the original release of the 2.0 version." Major changes include improved user...

Philips Hue 3.0 App Update Brings Overhauled Interface, Picture-to-Light Feature, and 30 New Scenes

Tuesday May 8, 2018 5:44 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Philips has announced Hue 3.0 for iOS and Android, a major update to the smart lighting system app that introduces a new-look interface, new scene options, and a redesigned color picker. "In designing the upgrade, we took advice from lighting designers, user experience specialists and, most importantly, from our customers," said Philips Lighting marketing chief Jasper Vervoort. "The result is ...

Philips Hue Reveals First Products in Outdoor Lighting Range Coming This July

Monday March 12, 2018 6:09 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
At CES in January, Philips announced that it was working on a line of Hue lights for outdoors, so that users could connect and control their lighting on a patio, balcony, or other environment outside. Today, the company has revealed the first set of Philips Hue outdoor range products that will be launching in the United States and Europe this July. Philips noted that the outdoor products...

CES 2018: Philips Hue Announces iOS App Redesign, 'Hue Sync' for macOS, and Outdoor Bulbs Coming Mid 2018

Wednesday January 10, 2018 3:50 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Philips Hue is back with a handful of new announcements at CES today, following Monday's news of a collaboration with Razer that allows your Hue lights to react to any game played on a device that features Razer Chroma. Philips continued that announcement by reiterating that even more partners across the gaming, movie, and music industries will debut in the future. Philips calls this "Hue...

CES 2018: Philips and Razer Team Up for Game-Activated Hue Lights

Monday January 8, 2018 4:43 pm PST by Juli Clover
Philips and Razer today announced a new collaboration that allows Philips' Hue line of lights to integrate with Razer Chroma-enabled devices. When using a device that features Razer Chroma, which includes everything from the Razer Blade line of laptops to Razer Chroma keyboards, gaming controllers, and mice, allowing your Philips Hue lights to react to whatever game you're playing. You can...