Signify, proprietor of the Philips Hue model, immediately introduced the worldwide launch of its Philips Smart LED bulbs. The brand new lineup originates from Signify’s 2019 acquisition of Wiz, and carries the “Wiz Related” brand on its blue packaging to distinguish it from Hue merchandise. An identical assortment of bulbs launched in the US at Home Depot stores right now final yr, solely below a barely tweaked “Philips WiFi LED” title.
Signify assured The Verge throughout a press briefing that they’ve examined the multitude of Philips sensible LED manufacturers with shoppers and so they weren’t confused. That’s good, as a result of Zigbee-based Philips Hue sensible LED bulbs and Wi-Fi-based Philips Good LED bulbs will not be suitable.
At launch there are 36 merchandise (particular person bulbs and multi-packs) launching below the Philips Good LED model in Europe that undercut comparable Hue bulbs on value. These embrace fundamentals just like the 60W E27 heat white dimmable bulb for €9.99, a 50W GH10 tunable white frosted spot for €13.99, a 2-pack of 50W GU10 coloration frosted spots for €29.99, and a gold 25W E27 ornamental white filament bulb for €54.99. Signify says that Philips Good LED bulbs needs to be available for purchase immediately from most retailers that already promote common LED bulbs.
Signify additionally sells dozens upon dozens of Wiz-branded lights and accessories that differ in availability by area. The Wiz lighting assortment consists of temperature- and color-changing bulbs of all sizes, spots, ceiling lights, ornamental filaments, lightstrips, and luminaries. Wiz equipment embrace sensible plugs, remotes, movement sensors, and in-wall dimmers.
The corporate added a few new items today together with the Wiz Hero Gen 2 (€49.99 / $49.99) and Squire (€54.99 / $59.99) desk lamps, a slim ceiling mild, and its first sensible plug with an embedded energy meter (€19.99) that can allow you to monitor power consumption inside the Wiz app when it launches on October 1st in Europe and the US.
Wiz Related bulbs can be discovered from numerous companions. Notably, Walmart Canada sells Wiz Related bulbs below the “Great Value” model. Liteline and the UK’s 4Lite are additionally signed on as a companions.
As talked about earlier, the collections are incompatible regardless of sharing the Philips title: Philips Good LED bulbs can’t be managed by the Philips Hue app, and Philips Hue bulbs can’t be managed by the WiZ app. Happily, the Wiz / Philips Good LED collections, like Philips Hue, helps Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants, IFTTT, and SmartThings to assist masks the incompatibility.
Compatibility throughout Philips manufacturers might change sooner or later since each Wiz and Philips Hue have dedicated to supporting the interoperable Matter sensible residence protocol when it launches within the first half of 2022. Nonetheless, Signify has dedicated to updating the complete range of Hue devices to Matter, whereas solely committing to new devices for Wiz. That’s possible as a result of all Hue units will assist Matter after updating the Hue Bridge in properties, whereas hub-less Wiz units should be up to date individually since every product is fitted with its personal WiZ module. Signify is trying into my question about future interoperability below Matter however didn’t have a solution in time for publication.