WiZ, the extra budget-friendly, hubless sibling to Philips Hue (each corporations are owned by Signify), beefed up its vary of Wi-Fi-powered sensible lighting merchandise with new releases this week.

The $89.99 WiZ Mobile Portable Light is coming in October, and the $24.99 WiZ Smart Button, which acts as a swap or distant management for all WiZ lighting, arrives in September. The corporate additionally added WiZ bar and floor lights as choices for oblique lighting and wall-washing, which can be found now.

The present WiZ vary begins at under $11 a bulb and contains the usual shapes for white and colored bulbs, gentle strips, and downlights. There are additionally sensible plugs, a wired dimmer, and a movement sensor — a lot of the constructing blocks for a wise lighting setup. WiZ merchandise work with Amazon Alexa, Google Residence, Apple Siri Shortcuts, IFTTT, and SmartThings.

Contact controls allow you to dim the sunshine and activate scenes you arrange within the WiZ app.
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Simply in case the design didn’t give it away, the title for WiZ’s new lamp hammers residence that the Cellular Transportable Gentle is one you may simply carry from room to room (however not open air, as there’s no water resistance score). The transportable lamp is battery-powered and comes with a USB-C charging cable. WiZ claims it runs for about 10 hours on a full cost, and there’s a carrying deal with.

Lighting-wise, it is a full-color sensible gentle, providing preset lighting modes, scenes, and dynamic choices like candlelight that simulate a flickering flame, which you arrange within the WiZ smartphone app. There are additionally choices for a sluggish fade or sluggish brightening for winding down or waking up, plus you should use two completely different colour gradients for an ombre lighting impact.

There are bodily controls on the sunshine — a contact panel to dim, brighten, or activate preset modes, and you should use the WiZ app or a voice assistant for distant management (it really works with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri utilizing Shortcuts).

The brand new Good Button makes use of Bluetooth to hook up with any WiZ lighting.
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You’ll be able to pair the transportable lamp with different WiZ lights to create scenes within the WiZ app, the place you too can set schedules or activate a trip mode (to have lights activate and off randomly). The Cellular Transportable Gentle additionally works with the brand new WiZ Good Button, a battery-powered distant that may dim the sunshine or flip it on and off. The button works with all WiZ merchandise and may be set to manage a single gentle, group, room, or all lights. It communicates immediately with the lights, so works even when the web is down.

New WiZ gentle bars can sit flat on a desk or shelf for ambient gentle results.

WiZ additionally launched some ambient lighting choices. The WiZ Bar Linear Light ($84.99) is a two-pack of full-color gentle bars, much like Hue Play bars however for about $50 much less. The WiZ Pole Floor Light ($119) is a 59-inch tall, full-color gentle bar designed so as to add a wide-angle wall-wash impact to the nook of a room. It has a detachable base, so may also lay flat on the ground for some gentle washing results below a sofa or behind a mattress. The ground gentle has twin gentle zones.

Whereas each WiZ and Hue carry the Philips branding and are owned by Signify, the manufacturers are utterly distinct. They work over completely different major protocols — WiZ makes use of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Hue makes use of Zigbee and Bluetooth — and there’s no integration between {hardware} or apps. WiZ bulbs can’t be added to the Hue Bridge, and whereas you should use the bulbs collectively on a suitable platform, similar to Amazon Alexa or Google Residence, there is no such thing as a different crossover.


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