Philips Lighting adds sensor and tunable-white LED lamps to Hue portfolio

Aug. 31, 2016
The smart-lighting Hue portfolio grows with ZigBee-connected occupancy and daylight sensor, an array of tunable-white lamps, and improved color SSL products.

The smart-lighting Hue portfolio grows with ZigBee-connected occupancy and daylight sensor, an array of tunable-white lamps, and improved color SSL products.

Philips Lighting has used the consumer-electronics-centric IFA trade fair in Berlin, Germany as a venue to announce a number of additions to the Hue portfolio of LED-based smart lighting technology. New products include an expanded selection of tunable-white solid-state lighting (SSL) retrofit lamps and an improved version of a dynamic-color A-lamp. Moreover, Philips has also added a wireless ZigBee-based occupancy and ambient light or daylight sensor that can enable Hue systems to react autonomously to people or natural light from windows.

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Surprisingly in terms of timeframe and the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), we first covered the Hue technology all the way back in the fall of 2012 when Philips announced the Hue color-tunable A-lamp. There have been many subsequent Hue announcements including the battery-powered bowl-shaped luminaire launched last year. But perhaps the best indication of where Philips was heading with the Hue portfolio came when the company launched a dedicated ZigBee-based wireless dimmer control.

Now the Hue family includes products ranging from RGB (red, green, blue) strip lights to color-tunable-lamps to tunable-white-point lamps. The latest Hue White Ambiance product line was launched earlier this year and now Philips is adding a GU10 (an AC-line-powered MR16 lamp) to the portfolio. Moreover, the latest wireless dimmer switch can allow consumers to easily set the lamps to a selection of Relax, Read, Concentrate, and Energize modes, all in the ranges of 2200K–6500K CCT.

"The Philips Hue white ambiance lamps enable our customers to experience the benefits of controllable white light — to help feel energized, wind down at night, or simply to set the perfect ambiance to suit their mood," explains Sridhar Kumaraswamy, business leader of Home Systems at Philips Lighting. "With Philips Hue white ambiance built-in, they deliver the high quality light you need, when you need it, as you go through your daily routines in your home."

Still, the newest element in the IFA announcement is the ZigBee-based sensor. The battery-powered product runs on a set of two AAA batteries for two to three years. The sensor can trigger preset lighting scenarios based on occupancy or natural light. Consumers can simply place the sensors on shelves, adhere them to solid surfaces, or attach them via magnets. The company said a Hue light could respond to occupancy in a space in less than a half a second.

"By knowing you can be guided through your home at night, and no longer having to remind the kids to turn off the lights when leaving a room, the Philips Hue motion sensor not only provides hands-free control but also helps deliver peace of mind," said Kumaraswamy. "The reliable detection when you leave the room also helps you be more energy efficient."

The sensor product will initially be available in Europe by the end of October. It will sell in the $40 range. And North American availability will come soon after European availability. New color- and white-tunable lamps will be launched in both Europe and North America in the same timeframe.

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Maury Wright is an electronics engineer turned technology journalist, who has focused specifically on the LED & Lighting industry for the past decade. Wright first wrote for LEDs Magazine as a contractor in 2010, and took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. He has broad experience in technology areas ranging from microprocessors to digital media to wireless networks that he gained over 30 years in the trade press. Wright has experience running global editorial operations, such as during his tenure as worldwide editorial director of EDN Magazine, and has been instrumental in launching publication websites going back to the earliest days of the Internet. Wright has won numerous industry awards, including multiple ASBPE national awards for B2B journalism excellence, and has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards. He received a BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University.