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.
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 Bridgeto 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.
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.
Utilizing the Iris with Bluetooth has some severe limitations, nevertheless, together with the truth that you’ll have to be inside 30 ft of the Iris to regulate it. You additionally gained’t be capable of group the Iris in a room with different Hue lights, nor will you be capable of management greater than 10 lights at a time. And whereas the Hue Bluetooth app will allow you to join the Iris to Alexa or Google Assistant, it gained’t allow you to use the Iris with HomeKit.
Fortunately, it’s straightforward emigrate the Iris to the Hue Bridge to tremendously increase its capabilities. Not solely can the bridge management as much as 50 Hue lights, it could actually additionally group them into rooms and “zones.” You’ll additionally be capable of create extra elaborate routines and customized schedules, and even management your lights if you’re away from residence. Lastly, utilizing the Bridge means you’ll be capable of add the Iris (or some other supported Hue lights) to HomeKit.
Options and efficiency
One among largest challenges offered by the Iris is a artistic one—specifically, the place precisely must you put it? After futzing with the lamp in my eating room and the bed room, I ended up placing it in a darkish nook of my workplace, the place it solid a cool 6,500K glow that simulated a comforting shaft of hazy daylight. (I used the Iris with the Hue Bridge, by the best way.)
I rapidly adjusted to having the Iris in my workplace, though I may simply as simply have left it in my bed room, partially to check the lamp’s agility as a nightlight. One of many improvements of the brand new Iris is that if you set its brightness to only 1 p.c, the diffuser glows ever so barely with out really casting gentle on the wall, making it good to be used in an oh-so-gentle wake-up routine.
Apart from wake-up and sleep routines, the Iris works with commonplace timers; for instance, I set the Iris to ramp up its brightness to about 50 p.c every morning at 7 a.m., after which slowly dim and switch itself off at 7 p.m. every evening. An alternative choice would have been to set the Iris to show itself on and off at dawn and sundown, or to douse itself every time a Hue-compatible movement sensor detected that nobody was within the room. The Iris performed good with voice assistants as nicely, obediently altering its colours, brightness, and energy states based on my Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri queries.
The Philips Hue Iris suffers from points frequent amongst Hue lights, together with restricted Bluetooth help (though it’s good to have the choice in any respect) in addition to a chunky wall wart that blocks close by shops. In any other case, I’m hard-pressed to provide you with any complaints in regards to the easy-to-use, handsome-looking Iris, which improves on the unique model in just about each method.