Today atPhilips Hue parent company, Signify, has released a number of new products for the Philips Hue outdoor lighting collection and a firmware update for the Philips Hue Play HDMI sync box, which gives better control over the color sync TV. Philips Hue is already on the CNET list of the best smart home devices of 2020, and these additions and updates could continue to place the smart lighting platform as one of the largest – albeit affordable – smart home providers consolidate.
For those who want to expand their smart home lighting system outside the home, Philips Hue offers a wide range of outdoor lighting solutions, including a newly announced wall light called Appear. The $ 139 light projects triangular rays in 16 million possible colors and 50,000 shades of white light up and down.
Philips Hue has also upgraded its existing Lily outdoor spotlight – the Lily XL, which Signify says is larger and more powerful than the existing Lily. The new product announcement is rounded off by the expansion of the Econic lantern lights from Philips Hue with an undervoltage pedestrian parking light.
This spring, owners of Philip's Hue Play HDMI Sync Box can connect the device to a digital assistant via a planned firmware update – regardless of whether they use Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri or Google Assistant. The update can be installed via the mobile Hue Sync app. In the meantime, the device can learn existing remote controls so users can program buttons to turn the device on and off and toggle between HDMI inputs.
Sounds like the CNET Smart Home team is busy this year as always. More information on the new lights and functions can be found later this year.