After the new Philips Hue products, Signify continues its momentum and enriches the Wiz catalog. Lights and connected bulbs (in wifi and / or Bluetooth) are still to be expected, but are accompanied as a bonus by a Smart Plug. Understand a smart outlet, or at least a connected one. It will not only allow you to remotely turn on / off any device connected to it, but also to control it by voice, program it and integrate it into routines for 20 €.
In terms of lighting, Signify first announces two table lamps, the Hero and Squire, respectively marketed at prices of € 50 and € 55. The first has just undergone a little makeover. Its base is no longer in wood, but in plastic and benefits from simplified controls. It also incorporates preset programs for getting up and going to bed, while the second is more reminiscent of the Philips Hue Iris with its two light zones, one of which has an oblique cut to illuminate a neighboring wall when the other is at its based.
In addition to these two lamps, there are two ceiling lights, starting with the Adria (€ 27), which we imagine waterproof since it is particularly recommended for the kitchen and the bathroom. It is available with white or warm light, dimmable. The second ceiling light, soberly called Plafonnier Wiz and announced from € 54, offers white light with a Circadian Rhythm mode that allows it to imitate “The natural transition of sunlight” during the day, and focus on a minimalist design.
Spotlights sold alone or in bars of two or three (from 40 €) and offering a choice of colored or white lighting finally complete this series of luminaires, to which is added a new frosted glass bulb diffusing white light. Wiz evokes hues “From hot to cold” and a price of 14 €. All these new features were launched at the start of the month, with the exception of the connected plug. It should not arrive on the shelves until October 1, 2021.
A different ecosystem from Philips Hue
Philips Hue and Wiz may coexist within the same Signify structure, the two entities are part of a different ecosystem. At Philips, the connection of bulbs and lights goes through a bridge connected by Ethernet to the home’s wifi box. It then communicates in ZigBee with the lights. At Hue, the chip that connects the bulbs is directly integrated into its base and the configuration therefore dispenses with a connection bridge. The smart ones already equipped with Hue will not be able to supplement and enrich their light fleet with Wiz bulbs (also sold cheaper). Signify refuses to do so, because the two universes do not respond “Simply not to the same needs”.
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