Philips Hue outdoor range lights up just in time for summer


Philips teased back in January that it would be launching outdoor Hue lights later in the year, and it has now provided details of the products - including pricing and availability.

Philips is taking its Hue smart lights outside with its new luminary, spot, and pillar post products.

The lights can also be triggered by the Home & Away function in the Hue app, which uses your smartphones Global Positioning System to automatically turn on the lights when you arrive home. The new Philips Hue outdoor products span both the Philips Hue white and Philips Hue white and color ambiance ranges, allowing users to improve the security of their home for added peace of mind as well as creating the ideal outdoor ambiance, all with the simple tap of a button. Once plugged in and connected to your Hue bridge, you'll be able to control them through your Hue app, changing brightness, warmth, and color with touch or voice controls.

The Luminaires are meant to be attached to the side of the house near doors.

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Among the new range is a spotlight called Lily meant to "highlight the key design features in your garden, illuminating lovely flower beds, or potted plants". Existing indoor Hue lighting has starter packs from under $100, with add-on bulbs and accessories from $25.

Like other Hue bulbs, you can set up lighting routines and schedules, control them remotely, and they support Apple's HomeKit platform. The products were to include a line of outdoor Hue lighting products that would be released in the summer. Products in this range are named Lucca, Tuar, Turaco and Ludere (United States only) and retail prices will start from Dollars 49.99 /EUR 69.99. Meanwhile, the Lily base pack and the Calla bollard will be available in both regions, retailing for $279.99/€299.99 and $129.99/€139.99 respectively.

This new outdoor range of lights will be available beginning in July in both the U.S. and Europe.