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Philips has released a few new additions for your Philips hue system. Click the links below for pricing and availability at Amazon.
- Hue White & Ambiance Wireless Dimming Kit – (Hue A19 White & Ambiance + Hue Wireless Dimmer)
The Hue motion sensor is now available for purchase, most of these products are out of stock or not listed yet at most retailers, but keep checking back here for updates.
How to Identify the New Hue A19 White & Color with Richer Colors
With there now being a few generations of the Philips hue bulbs it may be difficult to determine if the bulb you are about to purchase is the latest version. The latest version will have a green icon on the top right of the packaging that states “Richer Colors”, this is the most recent version that produces more of the color spectrum and will provide better greens and blues. The New hue starter kits that feature this bulb also have this richer colors logo.
Another key difference is the base of the new bulbs is white instead of the previous silver/pearl color.
Philips has announced today the Philips Hue Motion Sensor
The Motion sensor is a wireless sensor that requires 2 AAA batteries. The sensor spread is 100 degrees and can be adjusted up to 30 degrees horizontal and 30 degrees vertically. You will be able to add up to 12 sensors per bridge, retail price is going to be $39.95
When the sensor picks up movement it will turn on a scene and after it no longer detects motion it will automatically turn off the lights, it is not known yet how long or if that it also adjustable in the hue application. You can have a different scene come on depending on if it is night or day.
This product will be released in selected markets in October 2016.
Philips has released the new version of the Philips Hue application. This application features a completely new user interface, new features and aims to be more intuitive than the current hue application.
The old Philips hue application will still be available for some time so you won’t have to relearn a completely new way of using your hue system right away. As with any new application it will take time to get used to the changes and learn where the options you use the most are and how to configure them.
This update features Rooms which allows you to organize your Philips hue lights into groups. Within these rooms you can create scenes and select different light configurations.
This application is available for both IOS and Android.
Philips is releasing a new hue bridge firmware upgrade starting on April 20th 2016 for the US. This update will feature a security upgrade and functionality for the new Philips hue application that will be released in Spring 2016.
The security update changes the authentication process for third party hue applications to help make the system more secure. So third party applications like On Switch, Hue Disco, Hue lights, etc will have to upgrade their application to meet the new security requirements. Philips has been working with application developers on this update since September 2015 so most of the major third party applications have already been updated.
Click here for a list of applications that have and have not been updated.
Philips has announced a new Philips Hue bulb called the Hue White Ambiance Kit. This kit will feature:
- x2 Philips Hue A19 White Ambiance bulbs
- x1 Hue Wireless Dimmer
- x1 Hue Bridge.
These bulbs are Homekit Enabled so you can control them with Siri voice control on your IOS device.
This different between these bulbs and regular Hue White bulbs is that this bulb produces functional white light, meaning this bulb will produce color temperatures that from range from 2200K(yellowish Color) to 6500K(Bright White/Blue Color) while The Hue White Bulbs only produce 2700K(Soft White, yellow color). This new bulb produces 800 lumens at 4000 Kelvin.
The Philips Hue White & Color bulbs already produce this range of color temperature and change colors. This bulb will be in between the Hue White and Hue White & Color.
These bulbs do not have have a price and will be available in Spring 2016.
To give you a better idea on what this bulb does, this screenshot of the hue lights page shows the kelvin range in the top portion. The far left of the kelvin area is 2200K and the far right is 6500K. The Hue white ambiance bulb will only be able to be moved around within the kevlin area.