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Philips Hue adds indoor-outdoor lamp, smart light switch to range

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Signify is expanding its range of Philips Hue smart lighting in the United States, with the catalog now featuring Hue’s first portable rechargeable indoor-outdoor lamp.

Introduced on Tuesday, the new Philips Hue range adds a combination of flexible lighting options and a new accessory.

The new launches are led by the Philips Hue Go portable table lamp, which is designed for indoor and outdoor use and has a silicone handle for carrying it around. The lamp offers up to 48 hours of battery life and can be charged using an included base. The lamp also has a button that is used to cycle through preset light scenes, allowing you to match the light to the mood.

The Philips Hue Go will be available at the end of the summer and will cost $159.99.

There is a new second generation of the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Can Downlight which can deliver up to 1,100 lumens, as well as a third generation White Ambiance Can Downlight which can deliver up to 850 lumens. Two sizes of recessed lamps are available, which for the first time can also be purchased in multi-packs, consisting of 4-inch and 5 or 6-inch cans.

The White and Color Ambiance Can Downlight costs $59.99 for the four-inch model, $59.99 for the five or six-inch, and $219.99 for the four-pack. Likewise, the White Ambiance Downlight costs $49.99, $49.99 and $189.99 respectively. Both versions will be available from June 21.

With a slim profile and a natural wood-colored base, the Philips Hue Signe Gradient Lamp in Oak is intended as a statement piece and a subtle accent for the bedroom. It is expected in mid-July and will cost $349.99.

A new smart accessory, the Philips Hue Tap Dial Switch has four buttons that can be used to control smart lights in up to three separate rooms or zones. With the tap of a button, you can instantly choose or adjust a light scene, while an intuitive dimming control adjusts the dimming speed based on how fast you turn it.

The Philips Hue Tap Digital Switch ships on June 21 in black and white versions and costs $49.99.

There has also been an update to the Philips Hue app to help users plan their future purchases. A demo mode in the Explore tab offers several virtual experiences, explaining how smart lighting can help improve the look of the home and improve their daily routines.

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