Signify launched on Tuesday (5) new connected lamps from Philips Hue in Brazil. The company will have colored lamps, LED strips and switches for lower prices than in the past, but still salty: the initial kit with three lamps has a suggested price of R $ 1,099.
The current generation of Philips Hue no longer needs the bridge with ZigBee connection to be controlled: the lamps can be turned on and off via the mobile application via Bluetooth. Even so, if you want to use an extra accessory, like the dimmer switch, you will be required to purchase the Hue Bridge.
LED lamps have 9 watts, 16 million colors, luminous flux of 800 lumens and versions of 127 or 220 volts. You can connect them to third-party systems, such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and Samsung SmartThings, to automate their operation: you can synchronize the lighting with the music you’re playing, or have the light come on along with your alarm clock, for example.
LightStrip Plus is an LED strip to illuminate larger environments. It will be sold for R $ 599 in size of 2 meters in length (950 lumens) and will have an optional extension of 1 meter. Because it is flexible, it is possible to fold, cut or extend the tape and install it on a piece of furniture. There is no Bluetooth connection, so you will need the bridge to control it.
Two accessories will be available in Brazil: the Hue Bridge, which allows adding up to 50 lamps; and the Hue Dimmer Switch, a switch to turn on, off or control the brightness of the lamps. The switch, which costs R $ 199, runs on battery and can be detached from the magnetic wall bracket to be used as a remote control.
The Philips Hue starter kit, with three lamps and a bridge, has a suggested price of R $ 1,099 (expensive, but less than the R $ 1,299 of the previous generation). Each additional bulb costs R $ 349. Sales start next week at Amazon and other physical and online retailers.