Signify, proprietor of the Philips Hue model, at the moment introduced the worldwide launch of its Philips Smart LED bulbs. The brand new lineup originates from Signify’s 2019 acquisition of Wiz, and carries the “Wiz Linked” emblem on its blue packaging to distinguish it from Hue merchandise. The same assortment of bulbs launched in the US at Home Depot stores presently final 12 months, solely beneath a barely tweaked “Philips WiFi LED” title.
Signify assured The Verge throughout a press briefing that they’ve examined the multitude of Philips good LED manufacturers with customers and so they weren’t confused. That’s good, as a result of Zigbee-based Philips Hue good LED bulbs and Wi-Fi-based Philips Good LED bulbs aren’t appropriate.
At launch there are 36 merchandise (particular person bulbs and multi-packs) launching beneath the Philips Good LED model in Europe that undercut comparable Hue bulbs on worth. These embody fundamentals just like the 60W E27 heat white dimmable bulb for €9.99, a 50W GH10 tunable white frosted spot for €13.99, a 2-pack of 50W GU10 colour frosted spots for €29.99, and a gold 25W E27 ornamental white filament bulb for €54.99. Signify says that Philips Good LED bulbs ought to be in the stores at the moment from most retailers that already promote common LED bulbs.
Signify additionally sells dozens upon dozens of Wiz-branded lights and accessories that differ in availability by area. The Wiz lighting assortment consists of temperature- and color-changing bulbs of all sizes, spots, ceiling lights, ornamental filaments, lightstrips, and luminaries. Wiz equipment embody good plugs, remotes, movement sensors, and in-wall dimmers.
The corporate added a few new items today together with the Wiz Hero Gen 2 (€49.99 / $49.99) and Squire (€54.99 / $59.99) desk lamps, a slim ceiling gentle, and its first good plug with an embedded energy meter (€19.99) that can allow you to monitor vitality consumption throughout the Wiz app when it launches on October 1st in Europe and the US.
Wiz Linked bulbs can be discovered from numerous companions. Notably, Walmart Canada sells Wiz Linked bulbs beneath the “Great Value” model. Liteline and the UK’s 4Lite are additionally signed on as a companions.
As talked about earlier, the collections are incompatible regardless of sharing the Philips title: Philips Good LED bulbs can’t be managed by the Philips Hue app, and Philips Hue bulbs can’t be managed by the WiZ app. Fortuitously, the Wiz / Philips Good LED collections, like Philips Hue, helps Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants, IFTTT, and SmartThings to assist masks the incompatibility.
Compatibility throughout Philips manufacturers might change sooner or later since each Wiz and Philips Hue have dedicated to supporting the interoperable Matter good residence protocol when it launches within the first half of 2022. Nevertheless, Signify has dedicated to updating the complete range of Hue devices to Matter, whereas solely committing to new devices for Wiz. That’s probably as a result of all Hue gadgets will help Matter after updating the Hue Bridge in houses, whereas hub-less Wiz gadgets have to be up to date individually since every product is fitted with its personal WiZ module. Signify is trying into my question about future interoperability beneath Matter however didn’t have a solution in time for publication.