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Philips Hue expands smart-lighting lineup for HomeKit

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The new track-lighting system opens up many customization options.
The new track-lighting system opens up many customization options.
Photo: Philips Hue

Signify said Tuesday it plans to expand its Philips Hue smart lighting range with the addition of track lighting, a new dimmer and scene-selection switch, and its first portable indoor-outdoor rechargeable lamp, among other items.

Philips Hue products support HomeKit via the Hue Bridge. The new options will launch during the summer, the company said.

Philips Hue adds new products to smart lighting lineup

The new Philips Hue product range adds a combination of flexible lighting options and a new accessory.

Flexible track lighting

Philips Hue’s new Perifo track-lighting system allows you to mix and match different types of lights.

The system’s individual rails fit together to make a customizable track that gives you control over lighting. You choose the layout, length of track and kinds of lights to include.

You can attach the system to the wall or ceiling and connect it to a standard outlet or existing wires using the included power supply unit.

“You can combine your choice of color-capable spotlights, pendants, light bars and light tubes in a single Perifo track to set the mood for any occasion while creating a unique design feature,” the company said.

Availability in Europe is cited as summer’s end but U.S. launch is less clear, along with pricing.

The portable and rechargeable table lamp goes inside or out.
The portable and rechargeable table lamp goes inside or out.
Photo: Philips Hue

Philips Hue Go Portable Table Lamp

The company designed the Philips Hue Go Portable Table Lamp for indoor and outdoor use. It features a silicone grip to help you tote it.

The lamp features  a button that cycles through preset light scenes, so you can set it according to your mood.

As for battery life, you get up to 48 hours of use. You can recharge it using a supplied base.

The Philips Hue Go should come out by the end of summer.

Price: $159.99

Philips Hue Signe Gradient Lamp

Featuring a slender profile and a wood-toned base, the Philips Hue Signe Gradient Lamp in Oak is meant as a handsome and subtle accent for the bedroom.

It’s expected to launch in mid July.

Price: $349.99

Control lighting in three zones with the new tap dial switch.
Control lighting in three zones with the new tap dial switch.
Photo: Philips Hue

Philips Hue Tap Dial Switch

The Philips Hue Tap Dial Switch is the company’s new accessory in this mix. It features four buttons with which you can control smart lights in up to three separate rooms or zones.

You can choose or adjust a light scene instantly by tapping a button. An intuitive dimming control adjusts dimming speed depending upon how fast you turn it.

Set to launch in black or white colors, the Philips Hue Tap Digital Switch ships on June 21.

Price: $49.99

Downlight options

A second generation of the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Can Downlight is on the way. Its brightness reaches 1,100 lumens.

A third-generation White Ambiance Can Downlight capable of up to 850 lumens is also planned.

You’ll also be able to buy two sizes of recessed lights on their own, or, for the first time, in multi-packs. They include 4-inch and 5 or 6-inch cans.

Availability on those starts June 21.

Prices: White and Color Ambiance Can Downlight costs $59.99 for the four-inch model, $59.99 for the five- or six-inch, and $219.99 for the four-pack (White Ambiance Downlight is $49.99, $49.99, and $189.99).

Updated app

The company also said it’s updating the Philips Hue app to help users plan future purchases. Under the Explore tab, a Demo mode will offer various virtual experiences. They’ll explain how smart lighting can help enhance a home’s look and assist with daily routines.