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Latest Hue Rumors

Below are the latest reports and details or potentially new Hue updates and products. What would you like to see? Check out our article on Philips Hue – Feature Requests and our requisition and hopes.

New Indoor Lightstrip Coming Soon

With stock of the light strip becoming limited there are reports of a new light strip coming soon. As with all Hue products updates Bluetooth is expected to be builtin as well as Zigbee. There are also reports that the strip will be designed and include a connector allowing you to reuse cut parts of the light strip. 

Bluetooth Brighter Outdoor Lightstrip Coming Soon

There are reports of an update to the outdoor light strip with Bluetooth in development and coming soon. Bluetooth has been rolled out across the Hue range of bulbs over the last months, however at the moment the light strip does not have this. It is also reported that the outdoor strip may also have the brightness increased with this update.

The indoor Hue light strip has not been updated for many years and we hope that an update will come soon for this too, in addition to bluetooth there are also some improvements to the design improving the distribution of light and diffusion would help this a lot. 

Hue Bridge 3.0 Coming Soon?

With lots of updates to Hue bulbs and the release of the Hue Sync HDMI box there may also be a new bridge on its way. This user on Reddit spotted mention of a reference to a 3rd Gen bridge.

Sadly this was just a typo by Philips with a message sent out stating this error. Gen 2.1 Bridge is the latest currently.

No reports of a new bridge coming soon, however with the released of Bluetooth bulbs and new accessories, hopefully an update is not to far off.

New Hue Filament Light Bulbs Coming Soon

There are 3 new bulbs which will come with Bluetooth as with all the updated Hue Bulbs.

The bulbs are white only, a warm white light that is dimmable. They come with Bluetooth and ZigBee, a color temperature of 2,700 Kelvin, and a life expectancy of 5,000 hours , or 15 years of consumption.

LED filament bulbs are a popular bulb choice and look great, there are not filament Hue bulbs at the moment and this would be a new bulb for their range. At the moment exciting bulbs have a plastic whiteish top, which is fine for lamps where you may not see the bulb, however for lights where you can see the bulb these would be great.

UpdatedNew filament bulbs from Hue have been released.

Reports of a Hue Smart Plug

There are reports of a Philips Hue SmartPlug that has already received an official part number (GTIN / EAN).

New reports by iCulture share that Philips Hue is planning to launch a new bulbs and new accessories. The collection will reportedly include filament light bulbs and a brand-new smart plug. Although nothing has been confirmed or released by Philips the reports look promising and could be expected in fall this year.

A smart plug would be a new product from Philips and something that could allow you to use lights and lamps where they do not offer a suitable bulb, you could then turn these lights on and off using your Hue set up and including with timers and schedules.

UpdateHue Smart plug released, read our review here.

New GU10 Color Bulbs Coming in August?

A common request are updates GU10 bulbs, there are rumours that this fall there maybe an update to these including the GU10 bulbs having improved color and getting the ‘richer colors’ stamp.

In january we reported that there were No Immediate Plans for New GU10 Color Bulbs, however this may have now changed, or that the body size of the color bulb remains the same, however the color is improved.

There are reports of the GU10 color bulb becoming more compact, richer colours and also incorporating Bluetooth. The new GU10 bulbs will be:

  • Shorter – 5.7 inches instead of 7.1 inches long
  • Brighter – 350 instead of the previous 250 lumens
  • 5.7 instead of 6.5 watts
  • Also have Richer Colors for improved color reproduction

Reports suggest these newer bulbs could be released mid August.

Update – Rumours were true and new GU10 bulbs have been released.

Hue Bulb Updates

This fall there are also reports of an update to the current range of Hue bulbs as well as the current Philip Hue Go lamps.

App Update – 2015

A new supporting feature has been added to Apple’s Homekit framework to its Hue Smart Light bulb product line by Philips. New report reveals.

This Philips Hue system app comes with excellent functionality. However, current Hue users will be a bit disadvantaged because they will be compelled to buy a brand new bridge as the one available is not compatible with the Homekit. This still raises the question as to why Philips did not consider such an important factor before coming up with the new app.

The new brand is expected to have a general impact on the users. They will be required to adjust accordingly for compatibility purposes. If they want to enjoy the numerous advantages associated with the new Philips Hue System app, they will have to spend double in order to buy the new kit and bridge 2.0 for it to work.

This home kit will change the manner in which you use connected objects around your home. You will begin by controlling Homekit compatible devices using Siri. This shall be followed by grouping them together. A case example is where you connect your garage door and light bulb so that any moment you open or close it, light switches on automatically.

At the moment, Philip’s Hue Application is only limited to supporting the Siri part. This implies that it is practically impossible to merge Hue Lights with other products. However, this could be subject to change in the near future through a possible software update to fix incompatibility issues. In the event that you have other products which support pairing with Homekit products, it is practically possible to add Hue lights from their apps.

Examples of Homekit devices makers are ecobee3, Elgato, Ihome, Isteon, Lutron, iDevices and schlage. Updated software or hardware products are still being worked on by manufacturers. With time they will be released into the market so that users can access them. This will aid them in the use of Philip’s Hue System App as some of the limitations will expected to be addressed in the updated versions.

After the installation of the new Hue bridge and the subsequent updating of the app, as a user you can give it verbal instructions to help you in adjusting the lights to your preferred level of brightness.

The Hue Bridge 2.0 goes for $60. Current Hue users will be given a discount of 20%.The product will be in the market by October 6th as stand alone or together with other updated Hue Light bulbs.

The functionality of the existing bridge doesn’t match that of the Homekit due to hardware restrictions. The latest bridge doesn’t have any subsidiary features, except a new app icon shaped design. It is white in color.

The color bulbs differ in their degree of brightness. The updated color bulb have shown to be somehow brighter as compared to the current ones at 800 lumens instead of 600. The white bulbs too have a brighter variant at 800 lumens instead of 750. Another feature that was updated is the Lightstrip. Surprisingly, all the new bulbs have an increased internal storage leaving one wondering of what use is the added storage capacity in bulbs. Well, that is up to Philips.


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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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2 Comments

  1. Chris

    New GU10 bulbs must surely be reduced in size, better color is great, but they still won’t fit in my spotlight housing!

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