Philips Hue 2022 – What We Want to See
In the smart home lighting world the Philips Hue system still leads the way, however there are plenty of other options and systems available, but we look at what we hope and would like to see in 2022 from Hue, what we know, any rumours and what we would love to see.
This year Hue bulbs have been updated with Bluetooth allowing first time users to use Hue without the need for a bridge.
There has also been the release of Hue Sync box allowing to sync your Hue lights with your gaming consoles and on screen action.
Something we wanted to see as well were new GU10 bulbs which are now perfect fit, allowing you to straight swap your spotlight bulbs for color GU10’s which will fit.
Philips Hue New Features
We love Hue, however there are some things that would make it even better, below we have rounded up what we would like to see and ideas we have to make it better.
New Hue Bridge
For the last few years we have been crying out for a new bridge, more and more Hue bulbs have been released, new switches and motion sensors, yet the bridge has hit its limit and as more people use Hue the more there is a need for a new bridge.
New Bluetooth bulbs have made it easy to users to try Hue without the need for a bridge, but wants you commit to the Hue eco system a bridge that can work with more than 60 lights and accessories is needed.
A way around this at the moment is to use more than one bridge, however this isn’t ideal or practical, and cannot be the long term solution.
As homes use more and more smart bulbs there is still no way to cope with multiple users, allowing an admin to access all and settings, and then other members of the household to access only certain bulbs, such as kids only being back to turn their light on and off via their phone.
The bridge is the brain of the Hue echo system, all the bulbs talk to the bridge and the bridge is what stores all the scenes, settings, button options etc. You can make these changes via the Hue app, or a third party app, but it is all stored and orchestrated through the bridge.
One big issue with this is that if you need to reset your bridge, change it or it breaks, then all your settings, bulbs and options are all lost meaning you then need to recreate it all again.
A must have feature is a way to back up your bridge, fingers crossed this feature comes this year!
Dynamic Scenes and Animations
Using third party apps you can set your bulbs to flash to music, fade between colours, however it would be great if Hue lead the way and included this as standard within their app. The ability to flash your lights as a wakeup alarm would be great, or dynamic scenes that fade between colours.
Brighter bulbs – One thing that stands out from the competition when comparing to the Hue bulbs is the overall brightness.
Many on the market are brighter than the Hue bulbs, now although I don’t have an issue with the overall brightness of the Hue bulbs, brighter is sometimes better. It would be great for the next 4th generation of Hue bulbs to be brighter and perhaps match the competition such as LIFX.
This table below shows the max output from top smart bulbs on the market.
|Philips Hue||LIFX||Ikea Tradfri||GE Link Connected LED|
|Max Output||800 lumens||1,055 lumens||980 lumens||800 lumens|
New Indoor Light Strips
The light strips are a great item and work well in the home with many uses, from lighting under cabinets, great for kitchen units, around desk spaces, or behind the TV which is very popular. As great as they are there are a few things that would make them better.
Color spaces – The hue light strips come in 2m lengths, they are also extendable with the 1m extension lengths allowing up to a total 10m length. This is great, but it would be even better if the lengths of stripes could be animated, at the moment they are all one color and that is all, however creating animations using the strips would be a welcome feature allowing colors to change along the strip instead of all one or nothing.
Being able to split the strip into sections would allow for a 2m strip for example to display more that one color broken into zones.
The actual light strip – One thing that could be improved is the actual light strip itself, it could be thinner, it could be more flexible, it could be more robust, it could have better self additive strips on the back for sticking in place. The overall robustness of the strip could be improved, although it is well made at the moment it could be made better by making it smaller while still being strong and flexible.
With the introduction of the new outdoor lightstrip it is certainly a better version of the indoor lightstrip with a waterproof design for outdoor use. The color diffusion is better, the color looks better and your cannot see the LEDs like you can on the indoor version. It would be great to see these improvements brought to the standard indoor lightstrip too.
Buttons & Accessories
Something that makes the Hue system different to other systems on the market is the physical buttons that have too.
The dimmer switch is a great little item that works well, the tap though could be given a redesign, using a coin battery would make it more responsive and perhaps making it the buttons more customisable would be better, you can make more changes using third party apps like iConnectHue.
A wall mount for the buttons would also be great, or perhaps an option to mount over existing switches, a long shot for something like this to be related by Philips, however it would be great for some third party companies to manufacture something like this, some people have made there own by 3D printing a switch mount.
Hue announced it has partnered up with other suppliers to offer new Hue compatible wall switches.
A door strip would be an great addition, there is already a motion doctor but how about something that can tell when a door is opened or closed, allowing you to then turn lights on and off.
Hue Entertainment & Hue Sync
Over the last few years there have been releases and updates to the Hue entertainment part of Hue, allowing you to sync your lights with your computer and now your TV.
Software for your Mac or Windows PC, and now the Hue play sync box that you can plug your HDMI devices into.
Downsides with the Hue Play HDMI Sync box is the cost, it isn’t cheap at all, and also the fact that if you have a smart TV that has Netflix, Amazon Prime etc built in, you cannot sync your Hue lights with this.
Ideally a Hue app for smart TV’s would be great, however I am not sure if we are likely to see this anytime soon.
What would we like to see from Hue?
What would you like to see for Hue this year, or what ideas do you have to make it even better.
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