This was a big year for the Philips Hue line of smart home products at CES 2020. Expanding on what you can do with the Hue ecosystem, they announced a number of new models added to the collection for outdoor usage, as well as a number of new features for their Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box.
As for the new models, they have multiple models and styles releasing this year. So far it seems this release is mostly limited to Europe only until they release any additional information about expanding to the US with the other models, but they do look amazing at least. There are to up/down sconces that include “Appear” (EUR 139.99) and “Resonate” (EUR 129.99 Black/ EUR 139.99 Stainless Steel). There is a modern-contemporary down-firing light called “Nyro” (EUR 119.99). Two lanterns called “Attract” (EUR149.99) and Impress (EUR 129.99), the latter one being low-voltage. There is a circular wall light called “Daylo” (EUR 114.99 Black/119.99 Stainless Steel). There is also a low-voltage spotlight called Lily XL (EUR139.99) and a low-voltage pathway light called “Econic” (USD 129.99). All of these will make their way to Europe sometime between this month and April (depending on the model).
Among these, the “Appear” (USD 139.99), “Lily XL” (USD 139.99), and the “Econic” (USD 129.99) are coming to the US in March 2020. So we at least have three of the models coming our way. You can see some of the above models in the following announcement video. Below that, some exciting news about the HDMI Sync Box.
If you are a fan of the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box (I know, it’s a lot of words), you may be glad to know that they are furthering their support of the product by adding support for voice commands via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or even Apple Siri. With this, you can turn the Sync feature on and off within a few seconds/words. All it requires is an update to your firmware via the app. They have also added the option of using any standard or universal remote. This can also be configured via the app.