Philips Hue range may soon include filament bulbs and a smart plug

Signify appears set to expand its smart home range

Philips Hue filament bulbs and plug leak

Philips Hue could be set to add a number of different styles of smart lighting and an all-new smart plug, with a fresh leak highlighting what appears to be the next line of products from the Signify brand.

The smart plug is perhaps the most compelling of the leaked items, as such a device would represent the first time the company has expanded outside of lights and controls. The report from iCulture also indicates that the Philips Hue smart plug will work with Apple HomeKit, Alexa and Google Assistant, and be priced at £29.

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Having such a plug in your socket allows you to control your power from, say, your phone, while on the go - potentially turning things like your 'dumb' lamp into a semi-smart one.

Philips Hue range may soon include smart plug and filament bulbs

However, as we say, that's not all that's coming. A collection of smart filament bulbs - en vogue down at your local hipster coffee shop - are also on the way in three different bulb types: an E27, a G93 and an ST19, with pricing ranging between roughly £30. Interestingly, the report suggests that the trio will support Bluetooth connections, as well as the Zigbee standard - and that means you may not need a Philips Hue hub to connect them.

That Bluetooth support will also be landing with refreshed variants of the company's existing bulbs, says the report, with the popular spotlight GU10 bulbs receiving a slightly tweaked, flatter design. There will even be a new version of the Philips Hue Go, offering new colors and a different position for the plug, which should make it less easy to roll over.

The outlet suggests much of the above will be officially announced by Signify at some point in September, potentially around the same time as IFA 2019 in Berlin. However, remember, none of this information is officially confirmed. The level of detail in this particular does add a level of authenticity to the report, but only time will tell if it turns out to be accurate.


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