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Philips Hue Release Timeline & History

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We have rounded up the history and release notes of the Philips Hue lighting system. If you have any additions and changes that need making please contact us to let us know.

We shall update and expand this page over time and as and when there are new releases.

Philips Hue Play gradient lightstrip Released

Signify’s first individually addressable LED strip can easily be attached to the backside of a TV of 55 inch and larger to let it mimic the content on the screen, blending the colors together seamlessly.

"Experience the thrill of the movie theater in your own living room by mimicking the content of your screen with the Philips Hue Play gradient lightstrip with whatever content you watch, play, or listen to"

Hue Play HDMI Sync Box launched

Hue Play HDMI Sync Box launched

The Hue Play HDMI Sync Box launched on October 15th 2019 in the US and UK

Read full details here.

Hue Filament Bulbs Released

First Philips Hue bulb in a filament design launched.

"The world leader in lighting, today unveiled its brand-new Philips Hue Filament collection, perfect for those who want to bring vintage style to their smart home."

Philips Hue Bulbs with Bluetooth Released

Philips Hue with Bluetooth Released

Philips Hue Bluetooth products in the traditional A19 light bulb shape and BR30 downlight were updated to include Bluetooth allowing to use these bulbs without the need for a bridge, other internal lights from the Hue range have been updated over the months and years to now include Bluetooth.

Read full details here.

Hue Entertainment Released

Hue Entertainment Released

At CES 2018 Philips Hue announced the release of Hue Entertainment, a game changing feature that will bring a new dynamic to gaming and movies through your lighting. The first partnership to be announced was with Razer allowing the Hue lights to integrate with Razer Chroma-enabled devices.

Read full details here.

3rd Gen Hue Bulbs Released

Philips Hue 2.0 Released

Philips releases 3rd gen bulbs that are more vibrant producing much better greens and blues. You can identify the 3rd gen bulbs by looking for a 'richer color' logo at the top right corner of the packaging used on these bulbs, they also have a white plastic base to the bulbs with gold text.

Read our guide to the bulb differences.

Philips Introduces New Hue Motion Sensor

Philips Hue 2.0 Released
"The Philips Hue motion sensor not only provides hands-free control but also helps deliver peace of mind. You can be guided safely throughout your home at night with lighting," said Sridhar Kumaraswamy, Business Leader, Home Systems, Philips Lighting. "Plus, you no longer have to remind the kids to turn off the lights when leaving a room. The reliable detection the motion sensor provides when you exit supports this and also helps you be more energy efficient."

Hue Bridge 2.0 With HomeKit Compatibility

Philips Hue 2.0 Released

Philips Announces New Hue Bulbs, Hue Bridge 2.0 With HomeKit Compatibility

With Hue bulbs now working with Apple HomeKit, you can trigger lighting changes with voice commands using your iOS device. Siri can turn your lights on and off or dim them or change there color.

Philips Introduces New Hue Wireless Dimming Kit

Philips Hue 2.0 Released
"Getting ambiance at home has never been so simple; just screw in your bulb and press the dimmer switch to create your own personal dimmable glow. You can use the dimmer switch as a normal wall switch, or take it from the base plate and use it as a remote control for optimal convenience as it can be easily placed anywhere you desire. Plus, you don't have to get off the sofa to dim the lights anymore when watching your favorite TV show; you can even lower the lights from the warmth of your bed."

Read our full review here.

Philips Hue Released

Philips Hue Released

The Hue system was released in October 2012 as an Apple Store exclusive.


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