Philips Expands Smart Home Lighting Initiative

Philips Lighting is expanding its Friends of Hue smart home program to include North American LED lighting luminaire manufacturers Access Lighting, Craftmade, ELK and ET2, the company said.

The Friends of Hue luminaires enable consumers to adapt and control lighting with a button, motion or voice command. In addition, users can control the products via the Philips Hue app as well as hundreds of third-party apps and activate them through multiple touch points, such as voice control, geo-fencing, Philips Hue switches and smart motion sensors in addition to web-based services like IFTTT (If This Than That), the company stated.

“We’re always striving to give Philips Hue users greater options in how they use smart lighting within their homes. These new partnerships, in addition to our existing luminaire partners Modular and Luceplan, offer consumers even more choice in high-end lighting designs featuring Philips Hue,” Sridhar Kumaraswamy, business leader home systems at Philips Lighting, said. “We plan to continue to expand the Friends of Hue program by offering companies access to the world’s leading connected lighting system for the home that future proofs their great designs.”

According to Philips, Friends of Hue products will receive ongoing over-the-air updates that introduce new Philips Hue features and functionality. Products developed by its new partners should launch in North America during this year’s first and second quarters, Philips said.