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Philips Hue unveils new HomeKit gradient lightstrip, reimagined Iris table lamp, partnership with ‘August’

Signify today announced a variety of extensions to its Philips Hue smart lighting category. The HomeKit-compatible smart lighting collection now includes a reinvented Iris table lamp, a new gradient light strip, and more.

First, Philips Hue reintroduced the Philips Hue Iris table lamp. This was one of Philips Hue’s original ambient lighting products and received a notable update today:

The updated Philips Hue Iris ($ 99.99) puts a new emphasis on an iconic design. Available from October 19, 2020, the elegant table lamp will be reintroduced, offering richer colors, less dimming than ever and a significant increase in brightness (up to 570 lumens) when using white light, as well as a material wrapped in cord fabric. Place the Iris lamp anywhere in your home; use it to wash the walls of the living room with colored light or place it on a bedside table for a gentle night light. You can instantly control it via Bluetooth in a single room, or pair it with a Hue bridge to unlock your entire suite of smart lighting features.

Here’s a look at Philips Hue Iris in action:

Philips Hue unveils new HomeKit gradient lightstrip, reimagined Iris table lamp, partnership with 'August'

Philips Hue also continues its trend to add Bluetooth connectivity to its range of smart lighting products. This time, the Philips Hue E12 chandeliers in white and colored ($ 49.99 for one package) and white ($ 24.99 for one package) were updated with Bluetooth. Note that you will still need the Philips Hue bridge to use the HomeKit control.

Philips Hue also introduces larger sizes of its popular filament bulb, as well as Hue’s smaller bulb. More information on this will be available soon on the Philips Hue website.

Perhaps the biggest announcement from Philips Hue today is the new Philips Hue Play degraded light strip. While Philips Hue already offers a variety of light strip options for indoor and outdoor use, the new gradient light strip is slightly different. It is designed to be mounted around the rear edges of the TV and is available in specific sizes for 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch TVs.

The Philips Hue Play gradient light strip offers a 45-degree light projection and a mixed light gradient. This is possible through the series of individually addressable LEDs, which allow you to set different colors for different areas on the tape and mix them together. When paired with the Philips Hue Sync Mac or the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync, the gradient light can also match what is displayed on your TV or computer.

However, these features come at a cost. Pricing details for the Philips Hue gradient light strip are available below. It will be available starting October 16, 2020, in the USA. Pre-order now.

  • 55 inches (fits 55-60 inch TV sizes): $ 199.99
  • 65-inch (fits 65-70 inch TV sizes): $ 219.99
  • 75-inch (fits 75-85-inch TV sizes): $ 239.99

Finally, Philips Hue joins August to provide a deeper integration between Yale and August smart locks and Philips Hue lighting products. Signify says this partnership will start later this month and will allow users to set up vending machines to automatically turn on the lights when a door is unlocked, to give light access to guests and more.

You can find more details about the Philips Hue and August partnership here.

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Philips Hue unveils new HomeKit gradient lightstrip, reimagined Iris table lamp, partnership with 'August'

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