Philips finally offers a remote featuring a dial (and more!)

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The Philips Hue Perifo lighting system featuring three spots and four pendant lamps

Adjusting the ambiance of a room has always been a tactile experience, from the simplicity of dimming a lamp to the modern convenience of smart home technology. For years, the evolution of smart lighting controls has leaned heavily towards digital interfaces, often at the expense of the intuitive feel of physical adjustments. Philips, a stalwart in the smart lighting arena, has taken a significant step in reconciling these worlds with the introduction of the Hue Tap dial switch, marking a pivotal moment in smart home innovation.


Hue Tap Dial Switch: A Seamless Blend of Tradition and Technology

The Hue Tap dial switch by Philips is a masterpiece of design and functionality, incorporating a traditional dimming method with the advanced capabilities of smart lighting. This innovative device features a central dial surrounded by four programmable buttons, encapsulating the essence of both worlds. Powered by a single CR2032 button cell battery, its magnetic backing plate allows for easy installation anywhere in your home. Notably, Philips has adapted the design of the backplate to fit the aesthetic and practical needs of various regions, offering square versions in countries like Switzerland and rectangular ones in the USA.

Priced at €49.99/US$49.99, despite a discrepancy with the listed price on the Philips Hue website, this switch is poised to enhance the user experience with smart lighting systems. Its availability is growing, with initial listings appearing in European markets.

A Philips Hue Tap Dial Switch mounted on a wall. The switch features a circular design with four buttons on a white panel. It is illuminated by ambient orange light, with a blurred background that includes a cozy corner of a room with a sofa.
A Philips Hue Tap Dial Switch mounted on a wall. The switch features a circular design with four buttons on a white panel. It is illuminated by ambient orange light, with a blurred background that includes a cozy corner of a room with a sofa.

Philips Hue Perifo: Redefining Home Lighting Systems

Philips continues to push the boundaries of home lighting with the introduction of the Hue Perifo lighting system. This modular system allows homeowners to customize their lighting setups with unparalleled creativity. The system consists of mountable rails for walls or ceilings, which serve as a conduit for power (up to 100W) and support for an array of lighting options, including pendant lamps, spots, and light bars.

The flexibility of the Perifo system is evident in its installation options and the ease with which components can be mixed and matched. Available in lengths of 50, 100, and 150 cm, the rails can be interconnected, offering endless possibilities for creative lighting solutions. Set to launch in Europe by the end of Summer 2022, the system's pricing reflects its premium positioning and the innovative approach to home lighting. The system isn't cheap, but it is certainly eye-catching:

A well-appointed home office illuminated by the Philips Hue Perifo track lighting system installed along the top of the wall. The track emits a soft gradient of blue to teal light, adding a dynamic yet serene touch to the space. The room features a dark wood desk with a laptop, books, and desk accessories, a comfortable leather office chair, a tall bookshelf filled with various books and decorative items, and a minimalist sideboard with art pieces. The rest of the room is warmly lit, highlighting the room's modern and clean design.
Modern kitchen and dining area featuring the Philips Hue Perifo track lighting system. The lights are arranged in a straight line above the dining table, casting a warm, ambient glow over the space. The kitchen boasts sleek, dark cabinetry with a contrasting wooden backsplash, and a central island with a concrete finish. The dining area includes a large oval table with comfortable chairs, and soft, diffuse light from the track system creates a welcoming atmosphere.
A cosy corner of a living room featuring a Philips Hue Perifo light rail system. The lamp emits a gradient of purple to pink light against a wall with a sheer curtain. A comfortable armchair in a burnt orange tone is positioned next to a small wooden coffee table with a book and a cup. The ambient lighting creates a relaxing atmosphere in the room.

Philips Hue Go: Lighting Unleashed

Philips rounds off its suite of new products with the Philips Hue Go portable table lamp. This lamp breaks the constraints of static lighting, offering up to 48 hours of battery-powered illumination. Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, its portability is enhanced by a silicon grip and a dedicated charging base, making it a versatile addition to any lighting collection.

Launching in the US and Europe towards the end of summer, the Philips Hue Go portable lamp represents Philips' commitment to innovation and versatility in smart lighting.

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Philips' latest offerings in the smart lighting domain represent a significant leap towards blending traditional tactile controls with the advanced features of smart home technology. From the intuitive use of the Hue Tap dial switch to the modular flexibility of the Hue Perifo lighting system, and the portable convenience of the Philips Hue Go lamp, these innovations cater to a broad spectrum of lighting needs and preferences. Philips continues to illuminate the path forward in smart home technology, making it easier and more enjoyable for users to create the perfect ambiance in their homes.

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