Philips brings smart LEDs to the new Hue Beyond lighting devices

Philips’ Place Hue connecting bulb Having given you individual LEDs to add to any traditional socket, the company’s new Hue Beyond series, announced today, directly integrates the Dutch company’s smart LED technology into an expensive hard-wired luminaire.

Starting at £ 299 for a table lamp without a hub (for those already own one) and up to £ 529 for a ceiling or pendant kit, these lights are for well-off smart home enthusiasts. Pricing in the US and Australia has yet to be announced, but those prices convert to $ 495- $ 875 and AU $ 530-AU $ 940.

They also make the gimmicky colored LEDs seem a bit less obtrusive. Unlike Hue connecting bulbs, Hue Beyond lights all have LEDs built directly into them. There’s no light bulb to change and once you experience dimming (which can only happen after 15,000 hours / 15 years of use, Philips says) or a jerked diode, you have to live with it . Yes, the Hue Beyond lights carry some risks. You must also like the design.

The technical appeal of the Beyond series is that each fixture consists of two LED strips, one on the top shade and one on the bottom, and you can control them independently via the Philips Hue iOS app. and Android.

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Hue Beyond pendant lights will start at £ 499 or £ 529 if you need a Hue connection hub.

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Each bank offers the same level of programmability as the standard Hue Connected bulb, and the Beyond series is also compatible with the existing Hue network. That means that besides any Hue bulb you’ve got, you can program each Hue Beyond LED luminaire to display one of over 16 million RGB colors, as well as the full spectrum of white from orange to blue. Typical positive of a traditional incandescent bulb. You can also ask them to perform certain automated behaviors.

Imagine using the bottom LED as a reading light and programming the top to blink red when you have a new email or when a loved one arrives at a certain place. Because Hue Beyond works with IFTTT services as well as various smart home centers such as Revolv and SmartThings You can link the lamp behavior to the ever-evolving network of smart home appliances and online services.

With smartphone-focused control schemes pervasive for multiple connected home devices, it’s new for a product to introduce features, in this case color-coded messages. , can help us disassemble our various mobile products.

Philips promises similar color rendering quality, 600 lumens output (1,200 lumens for pendant and ceiling lights) and longevity for Hue Beyond devices as for standalone Hue LEDs. They hit UK Selfridges department stores this month, with the possibility of retail reaching the US and the rest of the world on an unknown number of days in the future. We hope to have some practice time soon at IFA and we will update accordingly.

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