Hue lineup expands with two new ambient lighting solutions

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in General Discussion edited August 2018
Signify announced Monday the addition of two new ambient lighting solutions to the Philips Hue lineup, intended for the living room and fully compatible with the recently released Hue Sync app.

Philips Hue Play


Of the pair of new lights, the first is Philips Hue Play -- a compact light bar designed to placed horizontally or vertically next to a television or computer monitor, casting an indirect light on the wall behind. Mounting it behind a monitor/TV is also possible, creating a soft backlight.

Up to three Hue Play bars can be connected together, requiring only a single power outlet. Signify also touts these as being capable of changing to any one of 16 million colors, similar to other lights in the Hue ecosystem.

Philips Hue Signe Lamps


The second new new products are the Philips Hue Signe floor and table lamps. These are again designed to create indirect accent lighting in any room.

Both products could be placed in any room, but have clear benefits when positioned near or behind a TV or computer monitor. Using the Hue Sync app, you can synchronize your lights to the content playing on the screen, creating a much more immersive experience.

"Our latest products provide new ways for people to create personalized lighting experiences in their homes. Whether its ambiance creation or making gaming and music truly immersive, our new Philips Hue Play and Philips Hue Signe collection are designed to transform your living space," says Jasper Vervoort, Head of Marketing and Product Management, Home Systems and Luminaires at Signify.

All Philips Hue lights work with Apple's HomeKit, adding additional functionality for those embracing Apple's smart home platform. That includes scheduling them, using them with other HomeKit accessories, or controlled via Siri.

Both lights will be available in October. Hue Signe will be available first in October, with preorders opening up in early September. The table lamp will run $159.99 and the floor jumps up to $249.99.

Hue Play will be available not long after with a mid-October launch, with no preorder period. A single base kit will run $69.99 or a double base kit will run $129.99. Extensions for the base kits will be available too for $59.99 apeice.






Signify has released quite a few new products recently including the Hue Sync app for Mac, a new outdoor light strip, and much more.

Recently, AppleInsider went hands on with one of the new Philips Hue outdoor lights, the Lily spotlights.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    This article says it works with my TV, and then says the Hue Sync app can synchronize the light to what's playing on the TV. How does an app know what's on my TV? There could be several explanations, like the TV must be a computer monitor, or it might have to be an Apple TV monitor, or it might have an optical sensor that you place in front of the TV. Lots of possibilities, but which one is the right one? 
  • Reply 2 of 6
    This article says it works with my TV, and then says the Hue Sync app can synchronize the light to what's playing on the TV. How does an app know what's on my TV? There could be several explanations, like the TV must be a computer monitor, or it might have to be an Apple TV monitor, or it might have an optical sensor that you place in front of the TV. Lots of possibilities, but which one is the right one? 
    The Hue lights can sync with Philips Ambilight TVs, maybe that's what it's referring to. I tried several times with my Hue setup and the two ambilight TVs I have but never managed to get it working right.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    djsherlydjsherly Posts: 1,022member
    This article says it works with my TV, and then says the Hue Sync app can synchronize the light to what's playing on the TV. How does an app know what's on my TV? There could be several explanations, like the TV must be a computer monitor, or it might have to be an Apple TV monitor, or it might have an optical sensor that you place in front of the TV. Lots of possibilities, but which one is the right one? 
    Right now, theres a hue app which you can install on your pc/mac which measures the screens 
    Light/color output and adjusts the lights you have configured for hue play/entertainment. For instance you may have a bulb either side of your monitor, it will output light on those bulbs to match the screen.

    problem is that for streaming like netflix, the software intercepts the video stream. Netflix interpets thats as some kind of hdcp violation and netflix plays a black acreen. so, you get no picture, also no lights....

    not sure if this new thing is any different....
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    nunzynunzy Posts: 662member
    No matter how foolish it might be to have colored lights in your living room, Hue supports Apple.

    As such, we all need to buy this product.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    peteopeteo Posts: 366member
    Hope apple provides a Apple TV api/Home Kit api that allows apps to get the over all color/gradients of whats on screen (of course user opt in). That would allow apps/games to change lights like this. You'd be surprised by how much ambient lighting effects content on the TV screen.
    watto_cobrarepressthis
  • Reply 6 of 6
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,362member
    nunzy said:
    No matter how foolish it might be to have colored lights in your living room, Hue supports Apple.

    As such, we all need to buy this product.
    The only foolishness is your condescending, sarcastic, worthless posts. Of course, that's not a revelation, by any means.

    That said, while I like ambient mood lighting, all of Hue's products are too expensive for me to make anything more than a small investment. I might be willing to part with some more money if they'd ever bring out a 100W equivalent bulb ambient white or ambient white and color bulb. 
    watto_cobranunzyrepressthis
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