There are tons of recent additions to Philips Hue’s lineup of sensible lights this yr, together with a pair that need to function color-changing accent lights on your lounge or bed room. Chief amongst them: new Philips Hue Play “mild bars” that splash coloration throughout no matter you have received them aimed toward. The price: $130 (£120, which is about AU$215) for a two-light starter package that comes with the facility provide unit. Extra mild bars price $60 (£65) every.

That ain’t low-cost, however Philips has all the time priced its color-changing sensible bulbs and fixtures at a premium. For the cash, you get the standard Hue pitch: A full vary of RGB and white-light tones you can management or automate from an app in your cellphone, or by utilizing Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant voice instructions. With a directional design that pulls consideration to the pool of sunshine that these fixtures solid as a substitute of drawing it to the fixtures themselves, the Play mild bars provide an fascinating change from the same old bulb-based Philips Hue strategy.

After all, all of that requires that you’ve a Philips Hue Bridge plugged into your router — and the Bridge is not included within the starter package. And, when you can join as much as three Performs to a single energy provide to assist minimize down on muddle round your surge protector, you may want to purchase a further energy provide when you ever resolve to increase your setup to 4 Performs or extra. The one approach to get that energy provide at retail is to buy the two-Play starter package, which may be greater than you want.

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