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Philips Hue Recessed Downlight Options


Downlights and recessed lights are common in new houses and also great way to add lighting to your room, they can be common in kitchens and bathroom, and can now be used with smart bulbs.

Philips Hue Recessed Downlight Options

If you wish to add some spotlights to your home then there are a few downlight options you can use from Hue –

  • Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance Smart Retrofit Recessed Downlight 5/6″
  • Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance Smart Retrofit Recessed Downlight 4″
  • Philips Hue GU10 Bulb
  • Philips Hue Centura recessed spotlight

The Ambiance Smart Retrofit Recessed Downlights come in two sizes suitable for $” and 5/6″ can recessed lights, you can also purchase them on white light or white and color ambiance. 

Philips Hue White Ambiance Smart Retrofit Recessed Downlight 4", Bluetooth & Zigbee Compatible (Hue Hub Optional), Smart Ceiling Lighting, 1-Pack

    The GU10 bulbs allow you to simply change the LED bulb in your current downlight assuming the fitting is the same, making it a simple change from your traditional bulb to a smart bulb. The latest GU10 bulb from Hue has Bluetooth and is the same size and dimensions as other GU10 bulbs. These work with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Home.

    The Philips Hue Centura recessed spotlight is a directional light fixture that has a GU10 bulb incorporated into it, this can be adjusted in the way the light is directed instead of straight downwards.

    What is recessed can lighting?

    You can get recessed can lights and canless recessed lights, the difference is where the bulb is held, can recessed lights have this name due to the can like housing the bulb is held in within the ceiling, and canless does not have this. Philips Hue GU10 smart bulbs can be used in both recessed lighting fixtures.

    Can Phillips Hue Lights be used in recessed lighting?

    Yes! A Phillips Hue GU10 bulb or the Smart Retrofit Recessed Downlights would be suitable for recessed lighting.

    Philips hue recessed lighting install guide

    The Hue recessed lights are simple to install, first ensure you purchase the correct size for your can lights, either 4″ or the 5/6″ lights. 

    1. Turn off the power to your lights and install the socket which screws into the bulb holder.
    2. You can then plug the orange connector into the downlight
    3. Once connected push the downlight into the can housing so it is held in place
    4. Turn the lights one, then add the bulb vi the Hue app.

    Directional recessed spotlights

    The new Philips Hue Centura recessed spotlight comes in two designs and can be adjusted with regards to direction and the way the light it pointed. They use a GU10 bulb with a 43 degree beam angle and a 350 lumen output.

    These can be purchased in 4 color styles, black, aluminium, silver and white.

    Not only does the Centura look very modern it comes with Bluetooth built in allowing to to work with or without a Hue Bridge.


    Questions regarding Hue recessed lights and answers. 

    Philips hue lights as recessed bathroom lights?

    Hue GU10 bulbs can be used in bathroom downlight fixtures, the bulbs themselves do not need a bathroom rating, however depending on the light location the fixture itself may need to be suitably rated.

    The Adore bathroom recessed downlight are designed specially for use in the bathroom and have a IP44 rating.

    How long do Hue recessed lights Last?

    There’s also a difference in how long Philips Hue lights of different generations last. First-generation smart lights last up to 15,000 hours, while second- and third-generation lights last up to 25,000 hours.

    Is the housing can included?

    No, the retrofit recessed lights do not include housing or can, they are designed to be fitted into fitted lights with or without a can.

    Are these bulb fire rated?

    No these bulbs from Hue are not fire rated.

    Founder & Editor

    Mike is the founder of Hue Home Lighting, a huge Hue fan with far too many lights, covering home and garden. A smart home gadget addict and also enjoys the odd bit of DIY


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