Back in January, Philips Hue announced it was working on outdoor smart lights ideally suited for patios, gardens, or balconies. The outdoor range will go on sale in the US and Europe starting this July.
Like all Philips Hue products, the Philips Hue outdoor range is fully compatible with the Philips Hue ecosystem and works in the same way as the indoor range. The Calla (pictured above) is flawless for path lighting, while the Lily (pictured below), can be used to highlight the key design features in your garden.
The Philips Hue outdoor range can be controlled in just the same way as the indoor options, meaning that dimming controls, color changing and voice commands through the likes of Amazon's Alexa Echo devices are all capable.
Like their indoor counterparts, these Hue products are a tad on the pricey side but offer a range of features not available on traditional lighting products.More news: Arms imports to Middle East doubled over past decade, study shows
Philips' will offer three different types of lights in the outdoor Hue lineup, and they will be available in both the Philips Hue white and Philips Hue white and color ambiance ranges. The Home & Away function within the app can also be used to set the lights to come on a specific time and with Global Positioning System on your smartphone, you can get your outdoor lights to come on automatically when you return home.
Alternatively, you can switch them on and off using the app, or set a schedule. That puts the Lily and Calla at $280/€299 and $130/€140 respectively, while the US-exclusive Hue White lamps will be priced from $50.
All Philips Hue outdoor products are weather resistant, and according to Philips, are easy to install. They will be available in Europe and the United States in July. The Calla bollard will retail for United States dollars 129.99 / Euro 139.99 as base unit pack. United States only: the PAR38 lamp will retail for Dollars 29.99 for a single pack and double pack for Dollars 49.99.