Back in June, Philips introduced a new range of bulbs that worked without the need for a hub. Although these connect to your phone directly through Bluetooth, they lack direct Internet access if you don't buy the Hue bridge. The company is looking at fixing this drawback with the release of a new lineup that operates directly over Wi-Fi and forgoes the need for a hub.

These new products come after Signify's acquisition of WiZ Connected, which already manufactured Wi-Fi lights. They connect directly to your router and don't require any additional bridge to function. If you're unfamiliar with Signify, it's the firm behind Philips' connected lights, including its famous Hue ecosystem.

Although adding Wi-Fi connected bulbs to its lineup is definitely a smart move, Signify has kept the WiZ Connected and Hue ecosystems separate, which means you'll have to use two different apps to control your bulbs or if you want them to turn on or off based on your location. Similarly, Hue sensors won't work directly with these new Wi-Fi lights, making setup a little more complex. Of course, you'll still be able to have Hue and WiZ products interact with each other using third-party services like IFTTT, but you shouldn't have to go through these steps when buying products from the same brand. Thankfully, the Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED bulbs are compatible with Alexa, Assistant, and Siri, so you won't really have to worry about the backbone in your daily life.

If you don't have Hue products at home, these can make sense, as they're relatively cheap (current models range from $10 to $20), and offer similar features to other Philips smart bulbs. You could still buy them in addition to existing Hue lights, but keep in mind it would be just as if you bought lights from a different brand.

The new Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED bulbs are available exclusively on HomeDepot.com for now and will make their way to the retailer's physical stores in September. The current range includes:

  • Dimmable Warm White (2700K) and Cool White (5000K) in the traditional A19 light bulb shape and BR30 downlight
  • Tunable White (2700-5000K) in the traditional A19 light bulb shape, BR30 downlight and 6” integrated downlight
  • Full Color with Tunable White in the traditional A19 light bulb shape, BR30 downlight and 6” integrated downlight
  • Dimmable Clear Filament in the traditional A19 light bulb shape, G25 globe and ST19 teardrop shape
  • Dimmable Amber Filament in the traditional A19 light bulb shape, G25 globe and ST19 teardrop shape

Let's hope Philips will make all its smart lights work together more seamlessly, as the current offering creates a lot of confusion for buyers. Unfortunately, I'm not very positive about this, as the company is not even using Hue branding on these new products and released a separate app for its Bluetooth lights back in June.

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Press Release

Signify expands its smart home lighting offering in the US with new range of Wi-Fi LED products
 
  • Conveniently control your Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED lights using the WiZ app on your smartphone or tablet and your existing Wi-Fi network
  • Exclusively available on HomeDepot.com now and in Home Depot stores nationwide in September
 
Somerset, New JerseySignify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, is expanding its  comprehensive smart home lighting offering in the United States. In addition to Bluetooth- and Zigbee-based smart lighting with Philips Hue, Signify’s offering now includes Wi-Fi-enabled lighting that works with the WiZ Connected ecosystem.
The WiZ Connected ecosystem operates independently from the Philips Hue ecosystem. Conveniently adjust the Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED lighting using the easy-to-use WiZ app on your smartphone or tablet and your home’s Wi-Fi network – no wiring or additional equipment is required.
Getting started is simple.
Download the free WiZ app (iOS or Android), screw the retrofit light bulb in any existing table lamp or fixture or the downlight in your ceiling, and follow the step-by-step guide in the app to complete the setup.
You’ll then be able to:
  • Conveniently control your home lighting wherever you are using the WiZ app, or with Alexa, the Google Assistant or Siri shortcuts if you have a compatible voice device.
  • Wirelessly dim your Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED WiZ Connected lights, or choose from pre-set light scenes for ambiance.
  • Change the shade of white light – from warm white to cool daylight – to suit your daily tasks.
  • Make your home glow with any color you like.
  • Set light schedules and timers.
 
“There are so many activities we carry out at home. Our Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED WiZ Connected range makes it easy to set the right light for any and all situations,” said Jeroen Schuitemaker, US Consumer Business Leader, Signify. “Whether you’re spending time with your family and friends, doing housework or enjoying a meal, you can conveniently get the different light settings you need with the tap of an app or using your voice.”
 
The Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED WiZ Connected collection
The collection, with pricing ranging from $9.97 to $19.97, includes:
  • Dimmable Warm White (2700K) and Cool White (5000K) in the traditional A19 light bulb shape and BR30 downlight
  • Tunable White (2700-5000K) in the traditional A19 light bulb shape, BR30 downlight and 6” integrated downlight
  • Full Color with Tunable White in the traditional A19 light bulb shape, BR30 downlight and 6” integrated downlight
  • Dimmable Clear Filament in the traditional A19 light bulb shape, G25 globe and ST19 teardrop shape
  • Dimmable Amber Filament in the traditional A19 light bulb shape, G25 globe and ST19 teardrop shape
The new range of Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED WiZ Connected products is exclusively available on HomeDepot.com starting today and in Home Depot stores across the United States in September 2019.
Signify acquired WiZ Connected, developer of the WiZ Wi-Fi-based connected lighting ecosystem in April 2019. This product range works with the WiZ app, WiZ accessories and other WiZ partner products; it is not compatible with the Bluetooth- and Zigbee-based Philips Hue ecosystem.