Widely considered one of the pioneers in smart lighting, Philips Hue is branching out to tackle the DIY home security space. The company’s introducing a versatile indoor/outdoor security camera, contact sensors for your doors and windows, floodlight camera that glows red, and a revamped app to keep home owners informed on what’s going on.
It’s a logical move for Philips Hue because these new home security products work more seamlessly with the company's line of smart lights. And this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about companies in the smart home space diversifying their portfolios by branching out to other categories.
For Philips Hue, however, it’s a bright idea that gives existing users even more options to remain in the Philips Hue ecosystem. We know that Philips Hue makes some of the best smart lights around, but these new additions could be worthy enough to be a contender for the best security cameras.
Mount Philips Hue Secure cameras on your lawn
One intriguing quality about the new Philips Hue Secure cameras is that you could technically stake them down to your lawn. The $200 1080p camera works indoors and outside because it’s battery powered, so you have the flexibility of choosing where to mount it — including your lawn via the optional secure camera mount with ground spike. There’s a wired version of the security camera as well at $200, which can be used with the desktop stand so it can be easily set inside of the home.
If you really want to deter intruders, the Philips Hue Secure floodlight camera should make them rethink their next move: it can blanket an entire area in any color of your choosing — including red — when the alarm is triggered through the Philips Hue app. The floodlight shares a lot of similarities with the battery powered camera, with the exception of that large floodlight and slightly higher $250 price.
These new security cameras are meant to work more seamlessly with existing Philips Hue smart lights you might already use. Other smart features include their ability to detect pets, people, and packages, along with two-way voice chat and end-to-end encryption.
Protection for your entryways
If you feel security cameras are too invasive in the home, you can still get some peace of mind assurance with the Philips Hue Secure contact sensors. They can be placed in pretty much any entryway, including doors, windows, and even other openings around your home, all while providing users with notifications whenever they’re triggered.
Automations are the center of this ecosystem because you can create one wherein the lights in your home could be turned on whenever these contact sensors are triggered. Furthermore, you could set another automation for the security cameras to start recording. These contact sensors will sell for $40 and will be available this fall.
Refreshed app experience
These new Philips Hue Secure products all converge in the Philips Hue app, which is getting a makeover to accommodate the new Security Center portal. Users will be able to use the refreshed app to set activity zones with the security cameras to reduce unwanted false triggers, sound on the siren in the cameras, and even the ability to call a trusted contact or local authorities.
However, these extra features come at a cost with two subscription plans. The Philips Hue Secure Basic plan costs $3.99/month for a single camera and features 30-days of video history, while the Philips Hue Secure Plus plan extends video history to 60 days for $8.99/month for multiple cameras.
This new app experience is actually important because it makes setting up automations a breeze. If you’ve ever tried that process using Google Home or Alexa with a mashup of smart home gadgets, you know how confusing it could get setting up all of the parameters in order to have everything work flawlessly. Even though this would be a closed system that would be exclusive to just Philips Hue devices, it makes the process easier and all contained in one app.
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I started my smart home journey with Phillips Hue bulbs and Google Home speakers. At the time, both were arguably the best in each of their fields, certainly so with the Hue bulbs (despite the fact that they were unable to produce the color blue until the second generation 🤦♂️). Now, both companies have fallen so far behind (Phillips just moving soooo sllloooowwww that everyone else blew right by--their app was overshadowed almost out the gate by 3rd party replacements providing almost comically more functionality to their products to the point where I doubt they'd still be a name in the smart home field if not for 3rd parties like Hue Essentials--and Google seeming to fall straight off a cliff once Sergey and Larry left, every single move Google's made since has been the wrong one. Like, disasterously wrong) that most of my Hue bulbs and the one little shred of light strip I mortgaged a house for are collecting dust outside of a socket in favor of Govee (who seemingly release a new top-of-the-line-at-below-average-price-must-have product every day) because their colors, features and value are literally unbeatable right now, and the only interaction worth having with a google speaker or display is to occasionally set a timer because they'll probably get anything else you ask it wrong (I waste more time telling those things how stupid they are....) and I'm hoping my upcoming foray into Home Assistant and it's developing voice controls will allow me to ditch those clunkers too. Wish I hadn't bought into either company at the start and they've completely destroyed my trust in them at this point. They'd both have to pull something miraculous out of their hats to get me to purchase another one of their products at this point.Reply
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