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The Philips Hue line of HomeKit-connected smart lights is today gaining three fresh bulb styles in a new "Lightguide" line that's meant to complement contemporary home decor.

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Available in three shapes that include large globe, ellipse, and triangular, the Lightguide bulbs have an inner tube that offers diffuse light in white or one of sixteen million colors, similar to other Philips Hue color bulbs. The Lightguide bulbs are being sold alongside a pendant cord and metal holder that's available in either black or white and that can be used for a single Lightguide bulb.

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There's also a new Philips Hue Filament candle bulb that comes in White ambiance, and it joins the existing White and Color ambiance bulb option. A Philips Hue slim downlight with a more slender profile is available for ceiling installations in areas with limited space. The downlight offers 1200 lumens and can be dimmed for an ideal lighting setup.

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For PC gamers, there's a Philips Hue gradient lightstrip that is designed to connect to a monitor. It comes in 24/27-inch and 32/34-inch sizes for single monitor setups, plus there is a longer strip for three monitor-setups that use 24 to 27-inch displays. The lightstrip is designed to flash, dim, and brighten to match gameplay.

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Later this year, the Philips Hue sync app used for the Philips Hue Sync Box will merge with the main Hue app for an all-in-one management experience. The app is also gaining a Mimic Presence automation that's designed to make it look like someone's home by automatically turning lights on and off at their regular times.

The Philips Hue Lightguide bulbs will be available in the fourth quarter of 2022 and they will be priced between $75 and $90. The Lightguide pendant cords will be priced at $50.

The Philips Hue White ambiance Filament candle bulbs will be available on September 13 and will be priced at $45 or $65 for a two-pack. The Philips Hue Play lightstrip for PC will also be available on September 13 and will be priced at $170 for the 24/27-inch strip, $190 for the 32/34-inch strip, and $280 for the 24/27 three-screen strip. The Philips Hue slim downlight will be available on September 1 for $70.

More information on the new products can be found on the Philips Hue website.

Article Link: Philips Hue Line Gains New 'Lightguide' Bulbs
 

Aston441

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If you look at my post history you'll see I dump on most giant corps for being the slimy scum they are. Philips is not one of those companies. They are legit. I have Philips products made in the 1950's that are still perfect. I've spent thousand$ on their bulbs. They are probably the most legit giantcorp on earth. I wish they made a phone, I'd dump Apple for Philips in a nanosecond.
 

Koni17

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These are MUCH more aesthetic than the other E27 Philips Hue color bulbs, nice alternative design and wish I had this option back when I bought mine.
 
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adrianlondon

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I don't know if the plain white (or ambient white) bulbs have been improved over the last few years, but the problem with mine is that (a) they don't get very bright and (b) they don't get very dim when fully dimmed either.
 
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exoticSpice

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If you look at my post history you'll see I dump on most giant corps for being the slimy scum they are. Philips is not one of those companies. They are legit. I have Philips products made in the 1950's that are still perfect. I've spent thousand$ on their bulbs. They are probably the most legit giantcorp on earth. I wish they made a phone, I'd dump Apple for Philips in a nanosecond.
Same here but not the 1950s but the early 2000s. Phillips products are great.

I got me a Philips air fryer, bulbs, 8in1 pressure cooker, beard/mustache/ nose trimmer and lastly my beloved Philips mixer. It's still works to this day.

Of course like any company some Phillips do have a factory defect and break early but otherwise almost always perfect. I still like iPhones tho but took a short break from iOS and trying out the Android 13 on the Pixel 6a.
 

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I’m baffled by the prices of those monitor strips… hell, buy a full Nanoleaf shapes setup for that kinda money
 

sfkeepay

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Hue bulbs are tank-tough and eternal, and the new bulbs look cool. Too bad they STILL don’t have a 100-watt incandescent equivalent for our recessed front-room bulbs. Great for setting a mood or “scene”, but not much help for work, or the kinds of hobbies where you really need to, you know, see clearly.
 

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Philips is not one of those companies. They are legit. I have Philips products made in the 1950's that are still perfect. I've spent thousand$ on their bulbs. They are probably the most legit giantcorp on earth.


 
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WWPD

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If you look at my post history you'll see I dump on most giant corps for being the slimy scum they are. Philips is not one of those companies. They are legit. I have Philips products made in the 1950's that are still perfect. I've spent thousand$ on their bulbs. They are probably the most legit giantcorp on earth. I wish they made a phone, I'd dump Apple for Philips in a nanosecond.
On 9 May 1940, the Philips directors learned that the German invasion of the Netherlands was to take place the following day. Having prepared for this, Anton Philips and his son-in-law Frans Otten, as well as other Philips family members, fled to the United States, taking a large amount of the company capital with them. Operating from the US as the North American Philips Company, they managed to run the company throughout the war. At the same time, the company was moved (on paper) to the Netherlands Antilles to keep it out of German hands

Frits Philips, the son of Anton, was the only Philips family member to stay in the Netherlands. He saved the lives of 382 Jews by convincing the Nazis that they were indispensable for the production process at Philips.[16] In 1943, he was held at the internment camp for political prisoners at Vught for several months because a strike at his factory reduced production. For his actions in saving the hundreds of Jews, he was recognized by Yad Vashem in 1995 as a "Righteous Among the Nations
 

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If you look at my post history you'll see I dump on most giant corps for being the slimy scum they are. Philips is not one of those companies. They are legit. I have Philips products made in the 1950's that are still perfect. I've spent thousand$ on their bulbs. They are probably the most legit giantcorp on earth. I wish they made a phone, I'd dump Apple for Philips in a nanosecond.
Philips is actually related to Philips Hue in name only. Philips has been selling off all non-health-related businesses for years now. The Hue line is manufactured by Signify, which purchased the right to continue using the Philips name and branding. Similarly for batteries, monitors, etc. Philips is now focusing on ultrasound machines, MRIs, etc., as well as some products that are more related to personal health (air fryers, shavers, etc.).
 

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On 9 May 1940, the Philips directors learned that the German invasion of the Netherlands was to take place the following day. Having prepared for this, Anton Philips and his son-in-law Frans Otten, as well as other Philips family members, fled to the United States, taking a large amount of the company capital with them. Operating from the US as the North American Philips Company, they managed to run the company throughout the war. At the same time, the company was moved (on paper) to the Netherlands Antilles to keep it out of German hands

Frits Philips, the son of Anton, was the only Philips family member to stay in the Netherlands. He saved the lives of 382 Jews by convincing the Nazis that they were indispensable for the production process at Philips.[16] In 1943, he was held at the internment camp for political prisoners at Vught for several months because a strike at his factory reduced production. For his actions in saving the hundreds of Jews, he was recognized by Yad Vashem in 1995 as a "Righteous Among the Nations
Not sure I get your point. Are we supposed to hate on people and companies for fleeing a horrible war?
 

Apple247

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Until they update their hub (or release a new one), I can't add any bulbs, switches, or sensors to my setup – I'm maxed out. It's unfortunate!
 
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I don't know if the plain white (or ambient white) bulbs have been improved over the last few years, but the problem with mine is that (a) they don't get very bright and (b) they don't get very dim when fully dimmed either.
Really depends on what you think is "very bright" and "very dim". They do have white and ambiance standard size bulbs that get to 1600 lumens now. The original hue color bulbs only went to 600, I believe. I'm not sure how dim they get, but they certainly get dim enough for my family. We have an original (or maybe the 800 lumen version) hue color bulb in my kids' room that we put on 2% blue/purple as a night light and it doesn't bother them at all.
 
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I don't know if the plain white (or ambient white) bulbs have been improved over the last few years, but the problem with mine is that (a) they don't get very bright and (b) they don't get very dim when fully dimmed either.
The brightness was always my biggest gripe with these bulbs, which I otherwise like quite a bit and are very easy to set up and use. But I bought their extra-bright bulb a little while ago, and that seems to be just bright enough to light my living room with one bulb. Basically, it's about the brightness of an old standard filament bulb. It only comes in a warm white, but that's perfectly fine by me.
 
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ipedro

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I have a couple of the original Hue bulbs which I bought in around 2014 and they just don’t die! I’m going to offer them to my sister as an excuse to upgrade.

I have 18 of these. Don't want to jinx myself but not a single one has failed, after what... a decade? I bought the first set of three at the Apple Store as soon as they came out.

I'm still buying these new ones for a couple of lamps with exposed bulbs.
 
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Coffee50

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I had some Hue bulbs before & then switched over to Nano Leaf last year. I do like Nano Leaf, but I feel like the availability of their products (as well as the amount of options) are really lacking. The have their a nice sized assortment of panels, but beyond that, there aren't really any options.

One the fence about switching back to Hue, but they are easier to find, and there are so many more products available.
 

adrianlondon

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Really depends on what you think is "very bright" and "very dim". They do have white and ambiance standard size bulbs that get to 1600 lumens now. The original hue color bulbs only went to 600, I believe. I'm not sure how dim they get, but they certainly get dim enough for my family. We have an original (or maybe the 800 lumen version) hue color bulb in my kids' room that we put on 2% blue/purple as a night light and it doesn't bother them at all.
I have the old ones. The 1600lm ones are pretty expensive as they'd just be upgrades/replacements. My colour light can be dimmed quite well, so long as I pick a "dark" colour, but the white ones I have don't change from 20% down to 1%.
 
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