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Philips Hue in the garden: the most important information at a glance

It's March and if you look at the weather forecast, temperatures are rising. I could imagine that one or the other of you still has a lot to do in the garden - and maybe Philips Hue should also be a part of it. With the low-voltage system, Philips Hue has created a simple way of placing smart light sources in the garden in a very uncomplicated, simple and safe way. There is now everything your heart desires: spotlights, pedestal lights, wall lights and much more.

In this article I want to answer the most important questions and explain to you what to look for when installing Philips Hue in the garden.

What are the requirements?

In order to use Philips Hue with the practical low-voltage system outdoors, you need at least one socket. One of the two available outdoor power supplies is connected to this. You also need a Hue Bridge for operation, because not all outdoor lamps are equipped with Bluetooth technology, which is not that far-reaching anyway. Also important: Make sure that Philips Hue also sells outdoor lights that are not compatible with the low-voltage system, but are connected to a 230 volt cable.

Can the lamps be controlled independently from each other?

Compared to other manufacturers, the solution from Philips Hue has a great advantage. A single light source costs a little more, and a dedicated ZigBee controller is installed everywhere. In practice this means: All lamps, even if they are operated on a power supply unit, can be controlled independently of one another.

How many lamps can be connected to one power supply?

Philips Hue offers two different power supplies. The "normal" 40 watt power supply and a particularly powerful 100 watt power supply and two outputs. The maximum wattage of the lamps coupled to the power pack should not exceed the power of the power pack. Two Amarant wallwashers can easily be connected to a 40 watt power supply from Philips Hue, as they each consume 20 watts. If you just exceed the limit, for example with an amaranth (20 watts) and three Hue Lily (3 × 8 watts), the system is not immediately overloaded. Maximum performance is only achieved with 100 percent brightness and cool white light.

How long can the cable be?

There is also an official pain threshold for cables. 35 meters of cable are possible, although the system does not reach its limits here either, just because you have laid about 37.5 meters.

How far can the outdoor lamps be from the bridge?

In principle, there are no limits here, because each light source also functions as a ZigBee repeater and forwards the signal from more distant lamps to the bridge. As a rule, you shouldn't have to worry about this, as long as the distances between the individual lamps are not extremely large.

Are branches and subsequent changes possible?

The low-voltage system has screw connections that can of course also be opened later. For example, you can later use a T-piece and insert a junction to a newly purchased outdoor lamp. In principle, there are no limits to creativity.

Are there switches for outside use?

Philips Hue does not offer weatherproof switches. There is, however, an alternative on the Friends of Hue portfolio: Senic offers a battery-free switch with IP44 certification. Philips Hue itself has a weatherproof motion sensor in its portfolio.

Do you still have an open question about the Philips Hue low-voltage system for outdoor use? Then just write a comment and I'll be happy to help you with my experience.

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