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A couple of years ago I reviewed the new-at-that-time Philips Hue Outdoor lights. I installed the Bollards, Spotlights and light strip. At the time, I loved them…but I had three unanswered questions: one, how would the hold up in a Canadian winter, how long would their lifespan be and how could I get the scheduling to work better?
Here we are, much later but all this time spent with these outdoor lights has given me ample opportunity to evaluate each of those three points. In this review update I’ll take a look at whether I still think the Phillips hue outdoor lights are a good choice for your yard.
Let’s start with the light strips… when I did this review a couple of years ago, I noted that the light strips themselves are fat and bulky. This is not the same as the indoor light strips which you can basically run flat along any surface. These are about an inch wide and half an inch thick. Think more like rubber tubing than a light strip.
After all this time, I can confidently say these should be used to nowhere near any stairs; there’s too much of a tripping hazard. I opted to run these along the edge of my deck to create some background or ambient lighting. It turns out this light is actually pretty bright and can illuminate an area really well. In all honesty, I’ve left it sitting out here through two summers and two winters and I can say now that the lights are still working perfectly. They seem to be able to last through extraordinary temperature fluctuations from +35°C, to -40°C.
Similarly, the spotlights and bollard lights have also held up well after two years of weather. All of the lights are still working just as well as they did when I installed them. So to answer two of my main questions, each of these lights has been extraordinarily successful in holding up against harsh weather, and seems to be lasting.
When it comes to the scheduling feature, it seems Phillips has been able to resolve these problems… And in all honesty they probably resolved them along time ago but since I haven’t done an update, we’ll get everything caught up now.
Inside the Phillips hue app under routines, and then other routines, there’s a way to have the lights come on at sunset, and then to automatically turn off at dawn. You can completely customize your schedule and have different on and off times during the day and on the weekends. It’s also possible to have the lights turn on and custom colours and combinations. Overall, the interface for this is now really easy to use and interpret, and I’ve been extremely successful in scheduling it so that it adapts to my needs all year round.
The other thing I’ve been able to do with all of these lights altogether and control them as one unit either inside the app with it acting as a remote control, or on that schedule. This came in very handy when we were away from the home for quite a stretch of time, and we wanted it to still look like someone was around.
While these lights also have voice control with Google and Alexa, and they do work really well at turning the lights on or off just by asking, I find I use the voice control almost never. It’s just too convenient to have the entire system on a schedule that adapt to the changing sunrise and sunset times all year long.
Overall, I have to say that more than two years into my experience, I am still absolutely thrilled with the aesthetics, durability, and the excellent control and scheduling features I get with each of these different lights. I can definitely recommend any or all of them for you. Whether you own your home and are looking for a semi permanent installation, or you are renting and want something you can take with you, these lights have given me years of enjoyment, and I have no doubt it’ll be the same with you.