Philips Hue’s New Outdoor Smart Lights Will Assist You in Making Your Garden a Home Extension

Philips Hue has added three new outdoor smart light ranges to its lineup, allowing you to manage the light’s brightness and color via the Hue app, just as you do with the brand’s inside lights.

For a sophisticated design, the Philips Hue Inara wall light blends a vintage-style black lantern casing with a filament-style bulb for the first time in the Philips Hue family of outdoor smart lights.

The Hue app allows you to brighten or dim the warm white filament bulb, as well as change the hue to a variety of white tones ranging from harsh, chilly tones to warm, sunset-like tints.

Philips Hue's New Outdoor Smart Lights Will Assist You in Making Your Garden a Home Extension

Alternatively, for those who prefer a more modern look, the Philips Hue Lucca wall light comes in both white, and color options – which can be adjusted to illuminate any of 16 million shades, and has a monochrome cylindrical housing.

Philips Hue has also unveiled the Calla Bollard, which is a 25cm-tall pillar light that’s perfect for illuminating pathways or areas of your garden. All three of Hue’s latest smart light ranges are weatherproof.

The new Philips Hue Outdoor Smart Lights are the perfect way to add a touch of style and sophistication to your garden, whether you’re looking to create a relaxing oasis or a stylish entertaining space. The lights are available in a variety of colors, including anthracite grey, which can be used to match the color of anthracite grey skirting board.

Philips Hue's New Outdoor Smart Lights Will Assist You in Making Your Garden a Home Extension

The Philips Hue Lucca wall light is priced at $99.99 / £79.99 and is available now in the UK, and will launch in the US on March 1, while the Inara wall light, costs $59.99. The Philips Hue Calla Bollard is available in the UK and USA costs $149.97/£119.99.

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In my opinion, converting the garden into a room you’ll use more frequently is a good idea.

The amount of time we’re spending outside – and in our gardens, if we’re lucky enough to have one – has risen thanks to the pandemic. Research by insurance firm LV, revealed 30% of Brits spent more time in their garden, either working or relaxing, than usual during lockdown. 

With things beginning to return to normal, many of us will continue to use gardens as an extension of our homes – I know I will. I enjoy hosting, and my tiny garden came in helpful when it came to securely seeing friends and family during lockdown.

However, the more time I spent outdoors socializing, the more I realized that my garden wasn’t exactly as welcoming as I had hoped. One of the major challenges for me was lighting the garden when it got dark, because I’d never really invested in any kind of garden lighting for socializing — the only outdoor lighting I had was for security.

This meant I had no choice other than to use the floodlight on my Arlo Pro 3 security camera to illuminate the garden – although as this switches off automatically after 20 minutes, I was constantly being plunged into darkness and fumbling for my smartphone to switch the light back on. 

Now that things are opening up, this year I’m planning to focus my DIY efforts on overhauling the garden, and it’s clear that I need some lighting that’s designed to be aesthetically pleasing rather than just functional. 

Weatherproof smart lights, including Hue’s range, can be set to work with home security cameras and video doorbells so they illuminate when motion is detected in a bid to deter any would-be intruders. However, unlike the floodlight on my Arlo security camera, they can also be illuminated from the app for any length of time. 

Philips Hue is currently the only smart lighting brand that offers weatherproof lights that look stylish as well as being functional – and for those of us using the garden as an extension of our home, this is also important.

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