New Philips Hue Lights and Motion Sensor Announced
With CES 2019 underway this week there are lots of new announcements and products on show, Philips Hue today have announced a range of new outdoor lights, as well as the outdoor motion sensor we expected, and new voice commands with Google Assistant.
Outdoor Motion Sensor
The outdoor motion sensor is a small black sensor that can be wall mounted or positioned and mounted on a corner. The sensor has a detection range of 12 meters (39 feet) as well as an integrated dusk-to-dawn sensor as your lights only come on when it is dark.
The cost for this is $49.95 and is expected to be for sale next month.
New outdoor lights include the Philips Hue Welcome Flood Light and Discover Flood Light. A outdoor flight ideal for security and lighting up your driveway. The welcome light is white only where as the discover model is color.
The Welcome Flood Light will be priced at $109.99 and the Discover Flood Light will retail for $139.99.
As well as the floodlights there is the new Hue Econic range, a series of new lights that are wall mounted. The Econic family will be available for $129.99.
All these lights work in the same way as other hue lights and bulbs, can be changed via Apple Homekit, Alexa and Google assist, as well as your Hue app.
As well as the announcement for new lights Hue is also adding in new functions that work with Google Assistant. You will be able to set Hue lights to sync with your morning alarm so your lights gradually light up as they would in sunrise mode.
Set a sunset by telling your Google Home, “OK Google, sleep the lights.” And you will create a 30 minute sunset.
From launch, features will include:
- One-time alarm sync: Users can say “Hey Google, Turn on Gentle Wake Up” which will sync their Philips Hue lights with subsequent morning alarms with the Google Assistant. Every time the user sets their alarm on the Google Assistant, Philips Hue lights will naturally wake the user up with a sunrise effect commencing 30 minutes beforehand.
- Scheduled sleep / wake: Users will be able to set sleep by saying “Hey Google, sleep the lights at 10pm“, changing the lights to a warm tone of white light which gradually fades over thirty minutes. This functionality will work similarly to when you would like to wake up.
- Direct action: Users can instruct their Philips Hue lights via the Google Assistant to sleep and wake immediately, meaning the Philips Hue lights will activate the sleep and wake process directly for the 30-minute duration.
- Multi Person activation: Just like the Hue app – the Google Home app lets you manage your lights in different rooms which means you can set the wake-up routine not only for your own bedroom, but also for other rooms, e.g. Kids Bedroom, Jimmy’s Bedroom, etc
These new features are set to go live in March.
What do you think to these announcements and the new motion sensor? What will you be buying?
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