Philips Hue Iris review: This gorgeous accent light supports both Zigbee and Bluetooth

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The most recent model of the Iris, a sensible temper lamp from Signify-owned Philips Hue, cannily improves on the elegant authentic, upping its brightness, bettering its translucent gentle diffuser and spiffing up the ability cable, whereas including a Bluetooth radio within the cut price. Able to working each with or with no hub, the $100 Iris can solid a soothing shaft of colour or tunable white gentle on a close-by wall, whereas its translucent diffuser glows contained in the lamp’s clear shell. A cinch to arrange and suitable with Alexa, Google Assistant, and (if used with a hub) HomeKit, the Iris makes for a straightforward and cheap technique to heat up a room.

Whereas the Iris has an inventory value of $100 (or $99.99 if you wish to get technical about it), the not too long ago launched lamp is simply now discovering its method into retail channels, so don’t be stunned for those who see inflated costs from third-party resellers.

Design and specs

Whereas it’s rated for as much as 570 lumens, or twice as shiny as its predecessor, the Iris isn’t actually meant to gentle a room or illuminate a workspace. As a substitute (and like its transportable cousin, the Philips Hue Go), the Iris is extra of a temper gentle, casting a white or colour glow on a close-by wall.

About 7.5 inches tall, 7 inches broad, and eight inches deep, the 1.5-pound Iris feels surprisingly gentle for its measurement. The lamp’s translucent diffuser is seen throughout the Iris’s clear plastic base, permitting the lamp to glow each in and out.

Out there in each black and white finishes, together with a quartet of metallic “particular version” colours (gold, rose, copper, and silver), the Iris’s base has a flat space on the backside that positions the lamp at roughly a 45-degree angle. Close to the bottom of the Iris is a 6.5-inch, fabric-covered energy cable that terminates in a chunky, outlet-blocking 24-watt AC adapter.

philips hue iris rear Ben Patterson/IDG

The translucent diffuser within the Iris’s clear shell can glow even when the lamp’s brightness is ready to only one p.c.

Apart from its capability to glow in 16 million colours, the Iris can even solid white gentle that’s tunable from a really heat 2,000 Kelvin to a hazy-daylight 6,500 Kelvin.


As with different new Philips Hue lights, the Iris is suitable with each Bluetooth and Zigbee, which suggests you don’t want a Hue Bridge to make use of the Iris, though chances are you’ll wish to improve to a bridge when you uncover the restrictions of the Hue Bluetooth setup.

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The Hue Bluetooth app allows you to management the Iris straight out of your iPhone or Android telephone, whereas the usual Hue app (pictured) offers you superior choices when used with the Hue Bridge, together with the flexibility to group lights in a room and out-of-home management.

For extra particulars on getting a Hue gentle such because the Iris up and working, take a look at my evaluation of the brand new Hue Lightstrip Plus. The quick model is that the Iris comes geared up with each Bluetooth and Zigbee radios, which suggests you don’t essentially want a Hue Bridge to start out utilizing the Iris. With the Hue Bluetooth app in your iOS gadget or Android telephone, you possibly can flip the Iris on and off, change its brightness and colour temperature, change lighting presets, set timers, and create easy, one-time sleep/wake-up routines, no hub required.


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