For those who'd like to expand their smart home lighting system outside the home, Philips Hue offers a wide range of outdoor lighting solutions, including a newly announced wall sconce called Appear. The $139 color-changing light projects triangular beams both up and down in 16 million possible colors and 50,000 shades of white light.
Philips Hue also introduced an upgrade to its existing Lily outdoor spotlight -- the Lily XL, which Signify says is larger and more powerful than the existing Lily. Rounding out the new product announcements is an addition of a low-voltage, footpath pedestal light to Philips Hue's Econic line of lantern lights.
This spring, a scheduled firmware update will allow owners of the Philip's Hue Play
Sync Box to connect the device to a digital assistant -- whether they use
or Google Assistant. The update will be available for installation using the Hue Sync mobile app. In the meantime, the device is now able to learn existing remotes, allowing users to program buttons to turn the device on or off and switch between HDMI inputs.
Sounds like the CNET Smart Home team will be busy as ever this year. Look for more coverage of the new lights and features as they arrive later this year.