Philips is upgrading the Hue line in all the best ways

Philips has announced updates across the entire Hue line of smart bulbs, making it easier to fill either a single room or a whole house with lots of new options. It's the biggest update to the Hue lineup since the switch to the new square sync box, complete with pricing options that are slightly easier for new users to swallow.

Everything starts with a starter kit in the Hue world, and Philips has replaced the classic three-bulb kit with your choice of either a two-bulb kit or a four-bulb kit. The new White-only bulb kits will be available for $99, while the White Ambiance and White and Color bulb kits will be available for $149 and $199 respectively.

Philips has also updated the E12 Candle bulbs and the classic Downlight bulb. The E12 bulbs will now be available in a White and Color option for $49.99 and match the standard A19 bulb for color and temperature options.

The new Downlight now comes in a recessed lighting option, which is sealed in a recessed container to match the standard flat look of those fixtures. This recessed design makes it possible for the bulbs to output up to 750 lumens, which is noticeably brighter than the standalone Downlight option.

Finally, Philips has expanded its line of sealed fixtures to include the new Cher Suspension light. It's a 3000 lumen White Ambiance fixture built for dining rooms or kitchen islands, and it does an amazing job filing a space with light considering how thin and flush the fixture appears to be. It's a very modern-looking fixture, and the $229 price tag isn't nearly as bad as you might expect given what it is capable of.

Philips plans to make this new line available starting in October in all of the places you can currently buy Hue bulbs. Which one of these new updates excite you the most? Give us a shout in the comments!

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  • Thanks Russel. I love my Hue lights. The new dining fixture may be over my table. Looking fwd to checking it out.
  • $50/bulb? Yeah, this is why I have zwave switches. I can set up a 3-way dimmer switch for less than 2 e12 bulbs.
  • That's great when a switch makes sense. But I've got 2 ceiling fans, if I use a switch for them, it causes issues. Then there's the switch without a neutral wire, only remedy to that is an $80 switch & $80 for the hub. For one bulb. And switches can't really do anything when it comes to changing color. The best solution is going to be a mixture of methods for most people, depending on what they want. But none of them are going to be really cheap for quite a while.
  • I have both z-wave switches and hue bulbs. You can't change colors with the switches by itself so that's why I have the bulbs. The bulbs are only used in the entertainment areas