Smart lighting is almost commonplace now, but Hue is still one of the biggest names in this smart home category. At CES, the company has announced several initiatives for 2018. A new app is on the way for everyone, and it'll tie into some interesting synchronization options for those with color-changing lights. There are also new lights coming out that are specifically designed for outdoor environments.

The Hue app v3.0 is set to launch in early Q2 2018 on both Android and iOS. There are no screenshots of the redesign, but Philips claims it "will improve daily use, and ensure seamless setup and integration of Hue accessories." The app will include quick access to recently used scenes as well as a better process for managing group lights.

Alongside the new v3.0 app, Philips plans to launch a dedicated Hue Sync client for computers running Windows 10 or MacOS High Sierra. It plugs into color-changing Hue lights, allowing developers to integrate them with games, music, movies, and other content. The first partner is none other than Razer. Your lights will sync with Razer Chroma LED effects on your keyboard, mouse, and other devices. See the above (hilariously bad) image if you need help visualizing that.

Hue lights are technically all supposed to be used indoors. I will note, however, I've had a Hue bulb on my porch for the last year, and it's been fine. Still, I know I'm probably shortening its life. In summer 2018, Philips will launch a new line of outdoor bulbs intended to cope with the elements. Philips didn't provide details on what sort of bulbs it'll launch—maybe "regular" and floodlight-style? We'll know more in a few months.

Press Release

Philips Lighting and Razer join forces to create a powerful, immersive gaming experience

LAS VEGASJan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, today announced its first partnership for Philips Hue Entertainment with Razer, the world's leading lifestyle brand for gamers. To provide gamers with a new level of spatial immersion, the companies have integrated the Philips Hue Entertainment API and tools with the Razer Chroma lighting ecosystem.

Gamers will be able to sync their Philips Hue color-capable smart lighting with their Razer Chroma-enabled devices, including laptops, keyboards, mice and mousepads, and enjoy light effects that enhance their gameplay and content. Game developers will be able to create lighting effects that change dynamically during gameplay. Gamers can already enjoy these in-game lighting effects when playing "Overwatch™," "Quake Champions™" and other popular games.

To unlock the Philips Hue capability and enjoy richer gaming experiences, consumers require a Philips Hue V2 bridge, Philips Hue color-capable lights and the latest Philips Hue app software update. Razer Chroma users will then simply need to add the Philips Hue functionality via the Razer Synapse 3 software, available for free with every compatible Razer device as of January 9, 2018 in the afternoon Pacific time. This will enable the syncing capability with games that have been designed with the Philips Hue and Razer Chroma Link integration and light effects.

Razer Chroma-enabled devices, including gaming laptops, peripherals and accessories, will light up in parallel to the synced Philips Hue lights. From battle scenes and character selection to magical conquests, the new functionality creates a lighting experience that goes beyond the screen.

"We're excited about this first integration to bring Philips Hue Entertainment to life for consumers. We have seen high demand from gamers for a richer game-play experience," said Chris Worp, Business Group Leader Home at Philips Lighting. "Our smart lighting can deliver just that. Philips Hue takes the content beyond the screen and extends it into the living room. For gamers, this 'surround sound for your eyes' is incredibly powerful when synced with the Razer Chroma-enabled devices."

Philips Lighting's partnership with Razer also provides gamers with a richer lighting experience when not playing games. They can sync their smart lighting with their gear and select any light setting to create a perfect ambiance, whether relaxing, hosting friends or simply surfing the Web.

"Razer Chroma is the world's largest lighting ecosystem for gaming devices, and with Philips Hue, we are transforming the gaming experience in the home," says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. "This takes gaming immersion to a whole new level that has never been seen before."

For more information on the Philips Hue and Razer partnership, please visit www.meethue.com or https://www.razerzone.com/Philips-Hue.

About Philips Lighting
Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting products, systems and services, delivers innovations that unlock business value, providing rich user experiences that help improve lives. Serving professional and consumer markets, we lead the industry in leveraging the Internet of Things to transform homes, buildings and urban spaces. With 2016 sales of EUR 7.1 billion, we have approximately 34,000 employees in over 70 countries. News from Philips Lighting is located at the NewsroomTwitter and LinkedIn. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

About Razer
Razer™ is the world's leading lifestyle brand for gamers.

The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities. With a fan base that spans every continent, the company has designed and built the world's largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software and services. Razer's award-winning hardware includes high-performance gaming peripherals, Blade gaming laptops and the acclaimed Razer Phone.

Razer's software platform, with over 40 million users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher).

Razer services include Razer zGold, one of the world's largest virtual credit services for gamers, which allows gamers to purchase virtual goods and items from over 2,500 different games.

Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Singapore, Razer has nine offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the USAEurope and China. Razer is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 1337).

Press Release

Make your home more personal, comfortable and enjoyable - from the living room to the backyard, with new, captivating functionality and enhancements to the Philips Hue ecosystem

- Philips Lighting announces next steps in the journey to deliver immersive gaming, movie and audio experiences with Hue Entertainment

- Philips Hue app redesign will enhance existing and new features, making it even easier to use

- Consumers will be able to extend their Philips Hue lighting system with a new outdoor line of products later this year

LAS VEGASJan. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CES -- Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, today announced a number of new software features and enhancements to the Philips Hue ecosystem. The updates allow consumers to transform their everyday home lighting into rich experiences and do even more with light, from the living room to the backyard.

Philips Hue Entertainment: The natural ingredient for an immersive entertainment experience
Following a free, over-the-air software update in December 2017, Philips Hue customers with color-capable lights and a Philips Hue V2 bridge can enjoy truly immersive home entertainment experiences. The new software, created as a result of pilots, insights and feedback gained from leading companies in the entertainment industry, synchronizes Philips Hue lights perfectly with gaming, movie and music content. Razer, the world's leading lifestyle brand for gamers, is the first partner to go live.

Accompanying the new Hue Entertainment functionality, Philips Lighting will introduce Hue Sync, an application that will run on any Windows 10 or macOS High Sierra-based computer, in Q2 2018. Philips Hue Sync creates immediate, immersive light scripts for any game, movie or music played on the computer, so consumers can enjoy the content they are playing, watching or listening to even more.

"Since the start, Philips Hue has been about turning everyday lighting into extraordinary experiences. We are taking this to the next level with the rollout of Hue Entertainment, the announcement of our first content partner and the upcoming launch of the Hue Sync app," said Chris Worp, Business Group Leader Home, Philips Lighting. "Our first step is with gaming, the largest segment in the entertainment industry, followed by movie and audio integrations. To take this even further and realize the full potential of the combination of light and entertainment, we are giving the developer community access to our Philips Hue Entertainment API and tools. We look forward to seeing the creativity developers will apply to our new applications to make the most of Hue's immersive power."

Set up and discover all that Philips Hue can do with app update 3.0
Early in Q2 2018, Philips Hue will introduce a redesigned Hue app for both iOS and Android. Based on comments, feedback and ideas from Philips Hue users, the redesign will enhance both existing and new features, to help consumers light their home smarter with even more ease. The new app will improve daily use, and ensure seamless setup and integration of Hue accessories and new Philips Hue Entertainment partnership integrations. The interface will also enable consumers to instantly access their last used scenes, and to simply group lights and select their desired color temperature or color.

Hue your home, indoors and out
In summer 2018, Philips Lighting will take the Philips Hue experience outside the home with the debut of an outdoor line. This new line of products will let consumers get more out of their exterior lighting by allowing them to personalize their ambiance for any moment outside, whether simply relaxing with family or entertaining friends. It will also increase their peace of mind when arriving home or while away.

Stay tuned to meethue.com for all Philips Hue updates.

About Philips Lighting
Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting products, systems and services, delivers innovations that unlock business value, providing rich user experiences that help improve lives. Serving professional and consumer markets, we lead the industry in leveraging the Internet of Things to transform homes, buildings and urban spaces. With 2016 sales of EUR 7.1 billion, we have approximately 34,000 employees in over 70 countries. News from Philips Lighting is located at the NewsroomTwitter and LinkedIn. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.