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New Hue Lights and Updates to Hue Sync


At CES 2020 Philips have released new outdoor lights and announced updates to the Hue Sync HDMI box.

Voice Control for Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box

Using voice you with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant or Apple Siri to turn on your Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box to start syncing your Philips Hue smart lights with your TV.

“We are very excited about introducing voice control for the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box,” says Jasper Vervoort, Business Leader, Home Systems & Luminaires, Philips Hue at Signify. “This feature makes it even easier to control the sync box and adjust settings. We are happy to keep expanding our entertainment options with the latest innovations so that we can offer our consumers the best immersive surround light experience.”

The voice control feature for the sync box will be available as of spring 2020 in an update that can be installed via the Hue Sync mobile app.

Philips Hue Smart Play Light Bar Base Kit, Black - White & Color Ambiance LED Color-Changing Light - 2 Pack - Requires Bridge - Control with App - Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit

    As well as working with voice, it will also be able to work with any standard and universal infra red remote.

    In the press release is said ‘you can now use any infrared TV remote control (standard and universal) to control the sync box, including for example turning it on and off and switching between HDMI inputs. Teach the sync box to respond to any button on your remote control via the app, or by configuring the sync box with the universal remote switch smoothly between multiple devices, making the sync box easier to use on an everyday basis in your home theater.’.

    New Outdoor Lights

    “With our latest additions to the Philips Hue outdoor collection, we offer consumers endless possibilities to create unique and personalized light effects that enhance their home’s curb appeal and set the right outdoor mood for every occasion,” says Jasper Vervoort, Business Leader, Home Systems & Luminaires, Philips Hue at Signify. “This way they can enjoy their moments at home to the fullest, all the while creating an inviting and safe environment for themselves and others.”

    New lights for the Philips Hue outdoor range include:

    • Appear: This wall light creates a sharp, directed triangle of light both up and down for a strong light effect.
    • Resonate: Available in both black and silver, the Resonate creates elegant, up-and-down triangles of light.
    • Attract: This wall lantern offers a unique light effect that casts a subtle arc of colorful light against the wall.
    • Daylo: This circular wall light is available in stainless steel or black and provides a subtle, backlit glow.
    • Nyro: The angular and architectural Nyro family includes wall light and path light options.

    More low-voltage lighting options

    Low-voltage lighting is an alternative to traditional outdoor lighting setups, involving minimal installation effort and offering a plug-and-play solution that does not require an electrician. The new low-voltage range includes additions to existing families of wall lights, path lights and spot lights:

    • Lily: The new Lily XL spot light is larger and provides a more powerful light output.
    • Impress: The popular Impress wall light is now available in a low-voltage version.
    • Econic: Another outdoor favorite, the Econic family now features a low-voltage version

    You can view all the lights via the Hue website here

    Philips Hue outdoor power supply

    You will soon be able to buy a 40 watt outdoor power supply, and also a 100 watt version which can be used to power more lights from this.

    Philips Hue outdoor cable and T-piece connectors

    This month you will also be able to purchase a 2.5 meter long outdoor cable and T-piece connectors.


    Via the Hue app zones has been a feature but in beta and under development, this will now change when the latest update is released.

    “With this upgrade, all accessory components, such as a Philips Hue dimmer switch, Philips Hue Smart Button or Friends of Hue switch, can be configured to control only one zone instead of an entire room. For example, a zone can be set up for the entire upper floor or a corner of the living room and controlled with an intelligent switch or sensor. The upgrade also includes a charge status indicator for accessory components if the battery becomes weak.”

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