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Wiz, Philips Hue's sister company, announces remote and motion sensor for its Wi-Fi lights


Smart bulbs can be divided into two main categories: the ones that connect to your router using Wi-Fi, or those that require an intermediary bridge. Others also use Bluetooth, but they're usually less convenient, as they're not directly connected to the Internet. With the acquisition of WiZ, Signify, the company behind Philips Hue lights, has taken a smart approach, as it's present in the three aforementioned categories. With this in mind, it's just announced a new remote control and a motion sensor for its Wi-Fi lights, following in Hue's footsteps.

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Philips expands Hue outdoor lighting range and adds voice control to sync box

Signify, the maker of popular smart lighting under the Philips Hue brand, has unveiled some of its latest products and software features at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, and it mostly pertains to your garden rather than inside your home. Now fewer than eight new outdoor lights have been introduced, as well as some new features for the sync box and app.

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Twinkly's 225-count smart LED Christmas tree lights can put your childhood tree to shame for $125 ($37 off) (Update: Even cheaper)

If you still have a static string of colorful lights wound around your Christmas tree, you should consider swapping them out for something with some 21st-century smarts. These Wi-Fi-connected LED string lights from Twinkly will cast a dazzling display that puts your childhood tree to shame, and you can pick up a set for $125.25 ($36.75 off) on Amazon.

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Make your home smarter with this Echo Dot plus two Hue bulbs bundle for just $35 ($45 off)

Setting up a smart home infrastructure can be costly, especially when you're starting from scratch. However, thanks to this bundle, you'll be able to do so without breaking the bank. The kit includes all the essentials to get you started: An Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker, as well as two Hue bulbs for just $35, which is $45 less than what you'd typically have to spend.

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Best Buy unleashes colossal list of Black Friday deals, some available right now (Update: All deals live)

Although Amazon has become a massive player when it comes to online Black Friday deals, Best Buy is still known for holding its own in the tech-sphere, hosting major deals on phones, Chromebooks, wearables, and a ton more. If you're in the market for some new gear, you're going to want to check out this colossal list of holiday sales, some of which are happening right now.

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Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit with hub and three bulbs down to $100 ($60 off)

Philips Hue lights are known for their reliability, ease of use, and compatibility with third-party services. Unfortunately, they tend to be quite pricey, especially if you don't have a Hue hub already. Thankfully, the Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit has dropped to $100 on Amazon, which is $60 off its regular price.

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Philips unveils a new range of Wi-Fi bulbs that forgo the Hue Bridge

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.

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Philips introduces new Bluetooth Hue bulbs that work without a hub

Hue products are known for their reliability, ease of use, and integration with third-party solutions. However, they typically require a Zigbee hub to function, which makes a Hue setup quite pricey if you're only looking at buying a couple of bulbs. The competition has long offered lights that connect directly to a Wi-Fi router or your phone over Bluetooth, and Philips is finally giving in by announcing a range of bulbs that don't need a hub to function — even though they can also work with one.

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Lighten up your yard with this 3-pack Philips Hue White and Color Lily outdoor lights for $244 ($36 off)

When I want to set up a nice atmosphere in my living room, I rely on my Philips Hue Iris bulbs to create a cosy setting with relaxing colors. What I enjoy even more is how simple it is to control them using my Google Home and how easily they integrate with routines. If you want to extend this nice ambiance to your garden, you can save a few bucks when buying three outdoor Lily spots lights for $232 plus $12 for shipping. This is about $36 less than what they sell for on Amazon.

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The Eufy Lumos Wi-Fi smart bulb is only $12 on Amazon (25% off)

Connected bulbs are an essential part of a smart home infrastructure, but it's not always easy to know which one to buy. Some have to connect to a proprietary or Zigbee controller, which in turns communicates with your router. Although this tends — or rather, used to — make the bulbs cheaper, it means you have to stick to this particular architecture and to already own the hub. Otherwise, you can turn to Wi-Fi smart bulbs, which connect directly to your router and don't need any intermediary to do so. Although these could be more expensive than the previously mentioned bulbs, their price is now significantly more affordable than what it used to be.

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