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Philips Hue's new outdoor smart lights, ranked
Philips Hue remains the top name in connected, color-changing smart home outdoor lights, but this year, the brand decided to step outside with a new lineup of Hue lights and fixtures meant to light up your home's exterior. Here's the full list.
Philips Hue Inara: 800-lumen wall-mounted fixture, $50 each
Philips Hue Lucca: 800-lumen wall-mounted fixture, $60 each
Philips Hue Ludere: 2,600-lumen wall-mounted fixture, $130 each
Philips Hue White PAR38: 1,300-lumen outdoor floodlight, $30 each, or two for $50
Philips Hue Calla: 640-lumen path light, $130 for a base kit with one light and the power supply, additional lights for $90 each
Philips Hue Lily: 640-lumen outdoor spotlight, $280 for a three-light starter kit and extension lights for $80 each
Philips Hue Outdoor Light Strips: Weatherproof, color-changing lights strips available in lengths of 2 meters for $90 and 5 meters for $160
That's a lot of new smart lights (and it's not even counting new indoor lights like the Hue Signe and Hue Play fixtures and the Hue Adore smart mirror). My question: Which of these new smart lights are smart purchases?
To answer, I tested them all out at the CNET Smart Home -- here's my rundown of each of them, ranked from worst to first. Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured in this list.
The Ludere is really just a standard, wired fixture that includes two of Philips' new weatherproof floodlight LEDs. At $130, I also think it's overpriced. Subtract the cost of the bulbs themselves, which sell in a two-pack for $50, and you're looking at an $80 piece of plastic -- more than twice as expensive as similar fixtures that include built-in motion sensors. There's no such motion sensor in the Ludere, even though Hue supports motion triggers and sells a motion sensor of its own. That's a big missed opportunity.