August 3, 2021

Signify introduces Hue alternative WiZ in the Benelux – News

Signify, the former Philips Lighting, is launching its smart lighting system WiZ on the Benelux market. The products are a cheaper alternative to Signify’s Hue lamps.

Signify acquired WiZ Connected, founded in 2016 by two French entrepreneurs, last year. The reintroduction of the WiZ products under the Signify flag is accompanied by two new gadgets: the 17 euro WiZ Smart Plug to make any socket ‘smart’, and a 20 euro Motion Sensor. This allows users to have one or more lights switch on automatically when motion is detected.

No bridge needed

The rest of the WiZ range mainly consists of many different types of lamps and spots, light strips, fixtures and accessories such as a remote control. The platform is completely based on Wi-Fi, so no bridge is needed for the smart lighting. Signify’s Hue lamps work via the ZigBee protocol, which does require a bridge. Signify has recently also made lamps with Bluetooth that can be controlled without a bridge, but the user does miss a piece of functionality.

The WiZ and Hue products are not mutually compatible. WiZ lights can be controlled by app as well as by voice (Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa), but support for Apple’s HomeKit is missing. As mentioned, the WiZ products are somewhat cheaper than the Hue lamps, with which Signify wants to serve the higher segment of the market. The prices of most lamps fluctuate between 14 and 20 euros.

Signify acquired WiZ Connected, founded in 2016 by two French entrepreneurs, last year. The reintroduction of the WiZ products under the Signify flag is accompanied by two new gadgets: the 17 euro WiZ Smart Plug to make any socket ‘smart’, and a 20 euro Motion Sensor. This enables users to switch on one or more lamps automatically when movement is detected. The rest of the WiZ range mainly consists of many different types of lamps and spots, light strips, fixtures and accessories such as a remote control. The platform is completely based on Wi-Fi, so no bridge is needed for the smart lighting. Signify’s Hue lamps work via the ZigBee protocol, which does require a bridge. Recently, Signify has also been making lamps with Bluetooth that can be controlled without a bridge, but the user does miss a piece of functionality. The WiZ and Hue products are not mutually compatible. WiZ lights can be controlled by app as well as by voice (Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa), but support for Apple’s HomeKit is missing. As mentioned, the WiZ products are somewhat cheaper than the Hue lamps, with which Signify wants to serve the higher segment of the market. The prices of most lamps fluctuate between 14 and 20 euros.

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