Now that summer is heating up we’re spending this week looking at some of the best outdoor buys – the tech, gadgets and more that’ll help you make the most of the time spent outside. Next, it’s time to shine a light on smart lighting with the best Philips Hue outdoor lighting deals to spruce up your outside space during a relaxing evening with a cocktail or a lively garden party with a sizzling quality BBQ.
In here, we’ve stuck to some of the more straightforward options that should give you a general idea of what’s available if you’re new to the tech. It’s worth noting that some of these lights come in a variety of different styles and fittings depending on the look you want to go for in your garden, so do keep that in mind when browsing.
You can pick up just a single light to get yourself started and eventually build up to a vast connected set that’ll set the perfect mood in your outside space or give you some added security around the home.
Whatever the purpose, these are the best Philips Hue outdoor lighting products to consider:
- Philips Hue Bridge 2.0
- Philips Hue Go 2.0
- Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip
- Philips Hue Lily Spotlight
- Philips Hue Amarant
- Philips Hue Appear
Philips Hue Bridge 2.0
Before we get started: a word about the Philips Hue Bridge. This is a bit of extra tech that can connect up to 50 lights on the same setup, plus many (but not all) of the lights in this piece need it in order to take advantage of the various smart features available in the Philips Hue app.
Of course, you can run all of these without it, but most will be fixed to their default lighting colour options, will be unable to make use of timers and will not respond to voice commands. Definitely consider picking up one of these alongside any other lights to get the full effect.
Philips Hue Go 2.0
The most simple and straightforward option. The Philips Hue Go is a portable smart light that you can use throughout the home and then also take outside when you need something to brighten up your evenings.
Best of all, no other connected tech is required for it to work. Of course, you can connect it to your mobile with the Philips Hue app and cycle through 16 million colour options or use voice controls through Alexa and Google Nest devices. However, for the analogue approach instead, a button on the back of the Hue Go has seven preset lighting effects.
The built-in rechargeable battery will run for around 2.5 hours when used as smart lighting, or you’ll be able to get a whopping 18 hours from it when used with the more basic warm lighting of ‘cosy candle’ mode. This battery life can hover between these two figures depending on which lighting mode you choose, so you won’t need to plug it in to recharge in the middle of an evening outside with a good book on your eReader if you keep the light show minimal
More advanced setups will need the Philips Hue Bridge if you want to connect it to more lights throughout the home or create automated routines. However, as an entry-level product to try out smart lighting for yourself, the Philips Hue Go is definitely the place to start.
Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip
What’s so good about the Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrips is that they give you more freedom and flexibility compared to some of the more static lighting options. With these, you can prettify your lawns, flowerbeds, patios, decking and more with colourful and dynamic edge lighting.
These packages come with either a two or five metre lightstrip, enough mounting clips to keep it secured in your chosen position and a power supply unit with an extra 3m of cable. It’s important to point out, though, that lightstrips cannot be extended or cut shorter, so you’ll have to ensure the length you’re buying is suitable.
However, with the Hue Bridge, you can connect various lightstrips to the same setup for a more uniform look around your garden. With the app, you can alter the lighting colour, set up timers and use voice commands to control your lights. Of course, as they are designed for outdoor use, they are fully waterproof as well so no worries if you make a splash while in the hot tub.
- Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip (2m) for £89.99 from Amazon UK
- Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip (2m) for $99.99 from Amazon US
Philips Hue Lily Spotlight
If you want to take a significant step up in your Hue lighting setup then the Lily Spotlight is the way to go. Available as singles or in a pack of three, these diminutive garden lights pack a surprising amount of power that can really improve the atmosphere in your garden.
These will look best placed among dense foliage that allows some of the light to seep through or underneath tall trees with thick trunks that the light can shine upon. Walls, fences and other flat surfaces are also good options if you want to create a solid block of light instead. Perhaps you can point it towards your well-stocked garden bar so everyone knows where to go to get a top-up!
You can feel safe to experiment in any location as they are fully weatherproof to ensure good performance in many different environments.
Again, you’ll need a Hue Bridge if you want to take advantage of smart controls. With this, you can change colours on the fly, have them turn on or off automatically while you’re away from home and set up a lighting schedule with other Hue devices in the garden or around the home.
- Philips Hue Lily Spotlight (3-pack) for £227 from Amazon UK
- Philips Hue Lily Spotlight (3-pack) for $399.99 from Amazon US
Philips Hue Amarant
Now, for a slightly different effect, the Philips Hue Amarant can create a wide block of lighting on the edges of your garden against walls or fences. This style can also put to good use below raised pathways or decking to dramatically light your way through the space with a focused upwards beam. Maybe you can make yourself a dazzling red carpet entrance before you settle into a film with one of the best outdoor movie projectors!
With their thin shape, the Amarant can also be very easily hidden throughout your space so that the effect from the lighting draws the attention, rather than the weatherproof housing it sits in.
These are also excellent if you want to create a much bigger lighting effect as you can daisy chain multiple Amarant lights together in a row along long walls, lengths of grass, tall hedges or other straight features. And extending is easy thanks to the expansion kit that’s included with each set and the ability to run them all from a single power supply.
Philips Hue Appear
For something a little more straightforward and less expensive than the spotlights, the Philips Hue Appear can provide some excellent wall lighting.
These will grant a pleasant effect as light beams out from the top and bottom of the device and are perfect as porch or patio lights. You can set two on either side of your doorway to create a grand entrance or dot them around the back of your house for some simple garden lighting.
With a Hue Bridge, you’ll have the same access to smart controls for different lighting colours, voice activation and scheduling. The latter can be especially useful if you plan to use the Appear as porch lighting at the front of the house. You can set a timer in the Philip Hue app to turn the lights on as you arrive home or make it switch them on and off on a regular schedule for added security if you’re away on holiday.
There’s also the option to add an outdoor motion sensor so the lighting will come on as you approach for added peace of mind if you’re coming home in the dark and deter anyone who might attempt to snoop around in the dark. For something a bit more impactful for this purpose, you can also consider the Philips Hue Floodlight.
These are just five options in the Philips Hue Outdoor lighting range that we’d suggest if you’re looking to introduce a new setup to your outside space. Once you’re feeling more adventurous you can check out many of the pedestal lights and the various other styles that are available to suit your own taste and design ideas.
Then, your next garden party will leave all your guests envious as they soak up the atmosphere after chowing down on a delicious creation from your new pizza oven.