Signify, the parent company of Philips Hue, has announced new features for its app. A new brightness balancer for entertainment areas and extended features for motion sensors are to be introduced in the fall.
Brightness balancer for brighter lamps
One of the most important new features is the so-called brightness balancer. This allows users to adjust the relative brightness of individual lamps in an entertainment area. So far, only the entire group could be adjusted.
Brightness balancer allows brighter lamps with more lumens to be dimmed more. Furthermore, users can specify which areas of the room should be more lit when the lights are synchronized with the TV signal or music. The brightness balancer is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2023 and can be used with any Philips Hue entertainment area.
Motion sensors get more time slots
Another improvement concerns the Philips Hue motion sensors. An update to the Philips Hue Bridge increases the number of time slots in which sensors can activate lighting from the previous two to ten. This allows the lighting to be even better adapted to the daily routine.
Additionally, as part of these time slots, the “Natural Light” scene can be selected, which imitates sunlight. The update is also expected to roll out in the third quarter of 2023 and will work with any motion sensor.