New Philips Hue lighting options unveiled

Signify’s latest Philips Hue smart lighting products include a gradient lightstrip designed for PC gamers.

The Philips Hue Play gradient lightstrip incorporates gradient-enabled lightstrips producing multiple colors of light simultaneously to echo the on-screen action.

It comes with mounts to attach to the back of straight or curved monitors, and creates a halo effect when the monitor is placed close to a wall.

The Hue Play comes in three different sizes: 24/27in ($299.95), 32/34in ($339.95), and a longer strip ($499.95) designed for a triple 24/27in screen arrangement.

It will be available from November 2022 at JB Hi-Fi, or in starter kit form from Amazon at $339.95, $379.95 and $539.95 respectively.

Other changes to the Hue range include synchronisation of Hue and Corsair RGB peripherals via the Corsair iCUE software, a forthcoming (4Q22) merging of functions from the Philips Hue sync app into the main Hue app, and (also in 4Q22) Hue synchronisation with SmartThings music sync on Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets.

Philips Hue Mimic presence automation will be added to the Hue app in the coming days or weeks to make it appear like someone’s always home, turning selected lights on and off at their usual times in particular rooms. One of the options will be to have the lights turn on or off during the day or only when it’s dark outside.

“At Philips Hue we believe the continued integration of smart lighting and home entertainment is relevant to our users, whether they’re gaming, watching TV, or listening to music,” said Signify Philips Hue business Jaspervoort.

“With our new products and app features, we continue to offer a more immersive and user-friendly entertainment experience. We also recognise that our users are design-conscious and so we strive to bring them new, exciting, and lighting products that complement their home and give the opportunity to personalize the ambiance.”

Other forthcoming products include Philips Hue Lightguide globes (expected in 2023) in three shapes – large globe, ellipse, and triangular – with an inner tube that diffuses light in any colour, plus a glossy finish that makes them shine even brighter. Fabric-wrapped cables and globe holders are available in black or white.

And there’s the vintage-style Philips Hue Filament candle globe (expected in October 2022), which delivers thousands of shades of dimmable warm-to-cool light for $64.95 from Bunnings, JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks (online only) and Harvey Norman ( online only).


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