As previewed at CES 2017 and shown to Smarter Home Life at the Philips Hue Suite at the Aria in Las Vegas, Philips released pricing details, pre-order and in-store availability information today on the new Hue ceiling and table lamps, plus the new Hue White Ambiance candle bulb.
Starting today, pre-orders are now open for the Wellner and Wellness table lamps, both which come with a Hue White Ambiance A19 smart bulb with 800 lumens of light. Also open for pre-order is the ceiling-mount “Being” light fixture, which mounts flush to your ceiling and has special Hue White Ambiance lighting technology built-in for up to 2400 lumens of light. Lastly, the new Hue White Ambiance candle bulb is a candelabra smart bulb with an E12 base and glows with up to 450 lumens of light (40W equivalent). The “Candle” bulb will be available for pre-order in June and appear in-stores and online in July for $29.99. The Wellner, Wellness and Being lamps will become available in-stores and online in mid-June for $99.99 and $199.99 respectively. (Wellner & Wellness are expected to be the same price.) Physically, the Being is 13.7" in diameter and 2" tall, Wellner's dimensions are 11.3" D x 7.6" H, and Wellness is slightly smaller at 7.3" D x 7.6" H.
All of the announced products are part of the White Ambiance segment of the Philips Hue family, and can not only be dimmed and brightened, but the shade of white light (color temperature) can be adjusted from warm to cool (specifically, from 2200 to 6500 Kelvin). They do not offer the millions of colors such as the original Hue products but offer a less expensive option for those wishing to automate more of their lighting and don’t require an entire palette of colors. While the Hue White Ambiance products can be operated via the Hue Dimmer Switch (wireless), only dimming/brightening and on/off will be available. For the full capabilities of adjusting color temperature and linking with other smarter home systems, the products must be paired with the Philips Hue Bridge.
Hue Wellner, Wellness, Being join an existing line-up of dedicated lighting fixtures with Hue technology built-in, such as the existing Hue Phoenix and Hue Beyond table lamps and the battery-operated portable Hue Go light. Philips is based in Amsterdam and is known for its unique product designs and thinking. Those designs carry over, specifically with Wellner and Wellness, with frosted glass in uniquely-shaped designs that Chaim Gartenberg from The Verge called “space jellyfish”. We’re not going to disagree, but in-person they looked like they could be beautiful additions to nearly any home. The “Being” fixture has a modern, sleek appearance with high-end materials such as brushed aluminum and frosted glass. I could keep the “space” theme going and say that it -almost- could look like the saucer section of the Enterprise, but maybe that’s a stretch. The Being certainly could fit in with any decor, although it would probably look out of place amidst 18th-century vintage furnishings.
Check out the embedded video above from Smarter Home Life’s trip to CES 2017 and you can see the new fixtures in their “native habitat” in a nearly all-Hue suite at the Aria that Philips took over. Smarter Home Life has covered Philips Hue extensively over the years, so please reference linked pieces here on the site or our Philips Hue playlist on YouTube.
Philips probably would prefer you to pre-order these new products on their own Meet Hue website, although our team of “super sleuths” managed to find the Being, Wellner and Wellness over at Amazon. And speaking of Wellner. If you can’t wait for its new version that comes with Hue, you can always grab the existing Wellner ($58) which is just the glass fixture, which will accept any A19 light bulb…smart or not.
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