Philips Hue

Philips Hue is a line of color changing LED lamps and white bulbs which can be controlled wirelessly. The Phillips Hue line of bulbs was the first smart bulb of its kind on the market.[3] The lamps are currently created and manufactured by Signify N.V., formerly the Philips Lighting division of Royal Philips N.V..[1][4]

Philips Hue
Philips hue logo.png
TypeA19 LED lamp
ManufacturerSignify N.V.[1][2]
AvailableYes
Models madeGeneration 1
October 29, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-10-29)
Generation 2
October 4, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-10-04)
Generation 3
October 2, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-10-02)
Websitemeethue.com

ProductsEdit

 
Hue Lightstrip Outdoor strip light

OperationEdit

The Philips Hue Bridge is the central controller of the lighting system which allows the bulbs to "communicate" with Apple HomeKit[5] and the app. In 2016 Philips released a new square shaped v2 bridge which replaces the round v1 bridge. The first generation bridge stopped receiving software updates from April 2020.[6]

 
Hue White
 
Hue White Ambiance

The Hue system was released in October 2012 as an Apple Store exclusive[7] and was marketed as the first iOS controlled lighting appliance.[8] It uses the Zigbee lighting protocol to communicate, and can be controlled via smartphone apps over cellular network, Ethernet or Wi-Fi via a Zigbee–Ethernet bridge wired to a router.[7] The initial system had bulbs capable of producing up to 600 lumens while the newer systems have bulbs that produce up to 800 lumens.

 
Hue White and Color Ambiance

In July 2018, an outdoor version of the Philips Hue suite was introduced,[9] and in October 2018 a suite of entertainment-focused, free-standing light fittings.[10] In January 2019 they announced outdoor sensors and lights.[11]

Color rangesEdit

 
Philips Hue first-generation hub and two LED color-changing light bulbs
 
Hue Lightstrip Plus strip light used for indirect lighting

There are three different Philips Hue color types available. White, White Ambiance and Color & White Ambiance. Each type is designed for a different use. The White bulbs are dimmable and give a white light with a color temperature of 2700 K. The White Ambiance bulbs are dimmable and can change temperatures from a warm soft white to a bright day light between 2200 K and 6500 K. The Color & White Ambiance range is the most colorful. The Color & White Ambiance bulbs are also dimmable and have 16 million colors.[12]

Difference in color temperature
Range Temperature
White 2700 K
White Ambiance 2200 K - 6500 K
White & Color Ambiance 2000 K - 6500 K

Bluetooth bulbsEdit

Since June 2019, all Philips hue bulbs are available with Bluetooth[13]. With the addition of Bluetooth, a Philips Hue Bridge is no longer necessary. The Bluetooth lamps can be directly operated with the special Philips Hue Bluetooth app. The Bluetooth bulbs are still compatible with the bridge, but a bridge is not necessary anymore.[14] The use of bluetooth bulbs is limited to a maximum of 10 lamps with a maximum distance of 30 feet, between the lamp and smartphone.

Security concernEdit

A security flaw in the product was discovered and fixed, then disclosed in 2016. The bulbs were able to be remotely controlled over the Internet by simulated security engineers using inexpensive equipment. In the proof-of-concept, researchers were able to remotely control light bulbs using a nearby car or a drone flying outside a window within 70 metres (230 ft). The flaw was reported to Philips and fixed prior to being publicly revealed.[15]

ReceptionEdit

In an article in Forbes, Seth Porges called Phillips Hue the "best product of 2012".[8] PC Magazine reviewed the white variation and named it as an editors' choice and said it was bright and affordable and had many features.[16]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Signify is the new company name of Philips Lighting, the maker of Hue smart bulbs". TAS. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  2. ^ "Philips lighting is now Signify". Signify. 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  3. ^ News, A. B. C. "Philips Hue: The Light Bulb You Can Control With Your Phone". ABC News.
  4. ^ "Signify releases Hue Sync, hoping to launch the era of immersive home entertainment lighting". LEDs Magazine. 2018-06-04. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  5. ^ "Philips Hue 2.0 Starter Kit review: A new Hue, with Siri, too". CNET. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Philips Hue Bridge". Philips Hue.
  7. ^ a b News, ABC. "Philips Hue: The Light Bulb You Can Control With Your Phone". ABC News. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  8. ^ a b Porges, Seth. "The Best Product of 2012: The Philips Hue LED Lighting System". Forbes. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  9. ^ Smith, Jake (12 March 2018). "Philips Hue outdoor connected lighting hits US, Europe this July". ZDNet. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  10. ^ "What Philips Hue can actually do". Smartdigs. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  11. ^ Clover, Juli. "CES 2019: Philips Hue Gains New Outdoor Lighting Range and Outdoor Motion Sensor". www.macrumors.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  12. ^ "De verschillen in Philips Hue lampen uitgelegd" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  13. ^ "Set the perfect look and feel in your room with new Philips Hue with Bluetooth". Signify.
  14. ^ "Philips hue". (Dutch).
  15. ^ "New study details a security flaw with Philips Hue smart bulbs". CNET. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  16. ^ Torres, Timothy. "Philips Hue White". PCMAG. Retrieved 11 November 2016.

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