New range of Wiz smart bulbs add Wi-Fi powers to Philips' arsenal

No hub required – and available to buy now

New Philips Wi-Fi bulbs announced
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Signify, the parent company of Philips Hue, has announced a new range of Wi-Fi smart bulbs that work with its Wiz Connected ecosystem.

For those who are uninitiated with Wiz Connected (which is likely many; the ecosystem isn't as renowned as Hue), it uses Wi-Fi-enabled smart bulbs. It's also the platform Signify acquired earlier this year, but it runs independently of the Philips Hue system. The bulbs are still Philips-branded, however.

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The new range of Wi-Fi bulbs add yet more LED power to Signify's arsenal, which already supports Zigbee and Bluetooth with its Philips Hue ranges.

The new Wiz range, as per Singify's press release, starts at $9.97 per bulb and is made of the following:

  • Dimmable Warm White (2700K) and Cool White (5000K) in A19 bulb and BR30 downlight.
  • Tunable White (2700-5000K) in A19 bulb, BR30 downlight and 6-inch integrated downlight.
  • Full Color and Tunable White in A19 bulb, BR30 downlight and 6-inch integrated downlight.
  • Dimmable Clear Filament in A19 bulb, G25 globe and ST19 teardrop shape.
  • Dimmable Amber Filament in A19 bulb, G25 globe and ST19 teardrop shape.

To use the new bulbs you'll need to download the separate Wiz app, then it's just a case of screwing in the bulb(s) and adding them – no hub required.

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Using the app you can perform many of the same tricks you can with Hue bulbs such as adjusting hues and shades of whites, and setting scenes and schedules. There's support for Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri Shortcuts too, but not HomeKit right now. The new range also doesn't play with other Hue light ranges.

The new Wiz lights are available from Home Depot's website as of right now, and will be available in Home Depot's brick and mortar stores starting September.

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