Philips Hue is by far the leading smart lighting brand. The problem is that hue lamps will not work without the hue hub. Philips is now addressing the issue by releasing a new generation of lamps that can be controlled via Bluetooth.
It does not make sense to hit the bush ̵
Thanks to Philips, Hue lamps are still the perfect choice full color palette have options, scene settings, and multi-user control options in Bluetooth mode. They also support Google Assistant and Alexa over Bluetooth, which compensates for the low range of Bluetooth (no Apple Homekit, sorry).
But what good is a Bluetooth Hue bulb for all the shortcomings of Bluetooth?
A Low Entry Barrier
Philips Hue bulbs are relatively affordable in themselves and have a high recognition value. So far, however, you have had to put $ 50 on a hub to get some smart lights working. It is a great investment and represents a major barrier to entry into the Philips Hue ecosystem.
It is not surprising that this inaccessibility leads to competition from smart bulb brands such as LIFX and eufy without a hub is working. It also causes a lot of holiday confusion as people are beginning to realize that their new smart bulbs will not work without a $ 50 hub because they've been given one or two light bulbs and not the starter kit.
So while controlling Bluetooth Hue lights do not sound good, they open the garden walls for people who can not justify the purchase of a $ 100 Hue starter kit, or for people who are only for the first time want to try a smart lamp.
This is Apart from the Bluetooth compatibility, the new Hue lamps are identical to the old Hue lamps. They are not meant to replace the bulbs that are already in your house, and they work best with the hub. It's just that in some situations, Bluetooth control may be useful for some people.
When will they come out?
Philips wants to switch to Bluetooth-compatible lights as soon as possible. Currently the lampshades A19 and BR30 Hue are available with Bluetooth compatibility. They are available in three versions: white (15 USD), white (25 USD) and color ambience (50 USD). Philips says that more onions will soon be ready for Bluetooth.