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|Size||4.37 x 4.37 x 57.4 inch|
|Energy Efficiency Label (EEL)||n/a|
|Cable length||2 m|
|Lifetime up to||25,000 hour(s)|
|Bulb technology||LED 24 V|
|Light color||2000-6500 Hue White Color Ambiance|
|Wattage bulb included||29|
|Built in LED||Yes|
|Number of bulbs||1|
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Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp review: minimalist design, maximum impact
Beautiful on or off, the Philips Hue Gradient Signe Smart lamps can be controlled via an app or your voice, with lighting offered in a range of colors and scenes. Overall, I found the Signe super-easy to use, although the price is eye-watering and a longer power cable would allow greater flexibility of where the lamps can be positioned.
- Mega-easy to set up
- Beautiful and varied choice of colors
- User-friendly app
- – Expensive
- – App control is the only option
- – Longer power cable would be useful
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Philips’ Hue Smart lights have had a presence in homes for a number of years now, offering a product line comprising table lamps, floor lamps, wall lights, light strips, plus bulbs and Smart plugs. All of the items in the Hue range are compatible, and so can work together or be used on their own, depending on the degree of “connected” you’d like a home to be.
For example, I have only a small collection of the best Smart lights, and the Philips Hue Signe table lamp is the latest addition. The table lamp is a fairly new product innovation from the brand, and is available as a floor lamp, too.
One of the main points of difference for the Signe light is that it uses gradient technology, which blends multiple colors of light in a single fixture. Although capable of filling a room, I preferred to keep it at a dim setting, since for the majority of my time with the lamp it was used as a bed-side light.
Setting up the Signe Gradient floor lamp over Bluetooth was incredibly easy, but I wasn’t able to control the light when I was out of range, so switched to using it over the Philips Hue Bridge. The bridge, and therefore the Signe table lamp, connected to my home Wi-Fi, allowing control from anywhere.
Measuring 21.7 x 4.37 x 4.37in / 55.3 x 11.5 x 11.5cm (h x l x w), the table lamp is very slight, allowing for the light display to be the main FOCUS of attention. The Signe Gradient lamp and floor light are available in black, white or oak colorways, with starting from 219.99/£189 for the black or white options, and the oak finish (UK only) costing £199.99.
My review unit was the Philips Hue Signe table lamp in oak. During the testing period I set routines, explored the beautiful Hue scene gallery, and controlled the intensity of the light. My main quibble was that you can only control the lamp using the app, or by switching it off at the mains; there’s no on / off on the unit itself. Read on to discover how I got on elsewhere.
Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp review: Price and availability
The Philips Hue Gradient Signe is available to buy both sides of the pond, with starting at 219.99/£189.99. For this price you can pick up the black or white options of the table lamp. The oak option costs £199.99, although this is only an option for our UK readers.
If you’d prefer the floor lamp for your living room or bedroom, the black or white color options are available for 329.99/£279; the oak finish (again, UK only) will set you back £299.99.
Both the floor and table lamp can be bought direct from Philips Hue US or Philips Hue UK. They’re available from several resellers, too, including Amazon and Best Buy in the US and Amazon, Argos and John Lewis in the UK.
Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp review: Specs
The Philips Hue Gradient Signe comes in two configurations: table lamp or floor lamp.
|Living room, bedrooms||Living room, bedrooms|
|Bluetooth and Hue Bridge||Bluetooth and Hue Bridge|
|Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant Apple HomeKit||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant Apple HomeKit|
|1, 040lm||2, 500lm|
|2000-6500 Hue White Colour Ambiance||2000-6500 Hue White Colour Ambiance|
|21.7 x 4.37 x 4.37in / 55.3 x 11.5 x 11.5cm (h x l x w)||57.4 x 4.37 x 4.37in / 145.8 x 11.5 x 11.5cm (h x l x w)|
The main difference between the two Philips Hue Signe lights is their size. The floor lamp is notably larger, and therefore delivers a higher lumen output. with a larger LED bulb included.
Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp review: Design
On first seeing the Philips Hue Gradient Signe online, it looked incredibly slender and minimalist, and believed it would bring a subtle modern touch to my home. Opening the box once it arrived, I was presented with an LED-type rod that secures to a circular base.
Being in the UK, I was sent the UK and EU version of the lamp (a US version is also available), which meant I had a UK and EU plug to switch between. The lamp arrived with the EU plug attached, but switching this to the UK plug was simply a matter of sliding the EU plug upwards to release, and replacing with the UK version.
With the power cable attached, I positioned the light within easy reach of an electrical outlet, ready for testing.
With the physical light set up, I could take a step back to admire the Philips Hue Gradient Signe. As mentioned, my table lamp arrived in the oak finish, but there are black and white options available, too.
The lamp itself measures 21.7 x 4.37 x 4.37in / 55.3 x 11.5 x 11.5cm (h x l x w), while the Gradient Signe’s cable is 2 meters long. Although I’m a fan of the design overall, the one niggle I have is with regards to that power cable. I would have preferred that it extended from behind the light, rather than from the front of the base, allowing the cable to sit flatter and therefore more neatly on my bedside table. In addition, had the cable been longer, it would have allowed for the lamp to be placed more securely higher up, on a shelf, perhaps.
Philips Hue Gradient Signe review: Performance
During my time with the Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp, I’ve looked forward to entering my bedroom of an evening to see the light not only already switched on (without me having to do anything), but also the gentle colors filling my side of the room. The brightness, colors and the on/off schedule is all controlled via the Hue app (more on this shortly).
Viewing the various scenes in the Hue Scene Gallery on the app, I settled on either Starlight or Blood Moon. These are a beautiful mix of soft blues, purples and pinks. I was able to brighten or dim the lights whenever I wanted, but I preferred to have the Gradient Signe set to a dim level – because the brightest setting really is very bright.
Control via the app is super-easy, but in those instances I haven’t been bothered to access the app, I have been able to use Alexa. However, I have missed not having a power button somewhere on the light base itself. Having to find my phone to jump through a few hoops to toggle it off while I’m half asleep, or shout down to Alexa (which doesn’t always register my command), isn’t ideal. It’s a minor flaw, but worth noting.
In terms of general maintenance, a dust every so often with a soft microfiber cloth should keep the lamp clean. If you have any issues with LED light source, the small print states that it should be replaced by the manufacturer or its service agent or a similar qualified person. The Philips Hue Gradient Signe comes with a two-year warranty and a ten-year lifespan.
Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp review: App
The app is where the Philips Hue Gradient Signe comes to life – and it’s via the app that you can set up the lamp to your requirements.
The setup instructions in the user manual point you to a QR code that you scan to access the website. Selecting “Connect with Bluetooth” will take you to a page from where you can download the Philips Hue app from the App Store or Google Play Store.
With the app downloaded, Bluetooth switched on and so did the Signe lamp. Pressing “Connect with Bluetooth” for a second time, my phone started an automatic search for the Signe – it worked first time. Alternatively, in the app head to Settings Lights and select the blue cross in the top-right corner.
I was in. I first changed the name of the light from Signe gradient table (bit bland) to Stick (it looks like a stick). I then had a little play with the colors on the large circular palette by switching and swiping the three tags.
I noticed that the brighter colors were super-bright and, at this stage, it wasn’t clear if the light could be dimmed. It also quickly became apparent that I wasn’t exactly a pro at mixing complementary colors to create an attractive display.
Delving deeper in the app, I was relieved to come across the Hue Scene Gallery, as well as a sliding scale for a dimmer. Offering a generous range of options – I counted 79 scenes in total – you’ll easily find a scene to suit, whether that’s something vibrant and bold or cool and calm.
Through the app, you can also set a routine: Wake Up, Go to Sleep and Timers. I set up a Wake Up routine, with the lamp turning on at 06.30, gradually getting brighter until 06:50 when I’d get out of bed. Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of this – with a toddler that frequently wakes through the night, I need all the sleep I can get; but I can see how others would like it.
I much preferred my Go to Sleep routine, which would turn on at 22:00. I loved walking across my landing to see a gentle glow of colored light coming from the bedroom.
Connection via Bluetooth resulted in an issue at those times I wanted to switch the lamp on or off outside of an automation, since I had to be within Bluetooth range. In addition, I was also missing out on the full functionalities of the app.
Set up via the Philips Hue Bridge is, in fact, the best way to get the most out of your Gradient Signe Smart lamp. As well as being able to set up Routines (or Automations, when connected this way) and browse through the Hue Scene Gallery, you’ll also be able to add up to 50 Hue lights and add new rooms or zones in the Hue app. You’ll even be able to sync your lights to your entertainment, if you want, which isn’t achievable through Bluetooth.
The best thing about being connected through the Bridge, to my home Wi-Fi, is that I could control the Signe from anywhere in the house or even while away from home. So although a bit more involved than connecting via Bluetooth, it was totally worth the effort.
Connected to the app via the Bridge, I can also start to build a Hue Smart home. Bulbs, lamps, outdoor cameras and plugs – every item in the Hue product range –can be synced up and controlled via the app. Who knows, you might even consider creating an Entertainment area, where you can set any color-capable lights to sync to any TV or movies you’re watching, games you’re playing or music you’re listening to. Admittedly, I’m yet to do this (I need more Hue lights) but it might be something I try later on this year – watch this space!
Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp review: Connecting to Alexa
With the Signe connected to the Hue Bridge, I made (several) attempts to connect it to Alexa for hands-free control, especially since I had recently figured out how to set up your Amazon Echo Dot. For those who don’t have an Alexa-enabled device, the Signe is also compatible with the Google Home app.
When I first tried to connect the Signe to Alexa, my device wasn’t able to detect the lamp. I was sitting next to the light with my phone in Bluetooth range.
It turns out that Hue products can be connected to Bluetooth OR the Bridge; they can’t be controlled via both simultaneously. So, if you’ve already connected Alexa to Hue Bluetooth, disable the Philips Hue Alexa skill in the Alexa app, and then reconnect it to the Hue Bridge via the Hue app voice assistant section.
To resolve my own issue, I went back into the Alexa app, toggled to Devices and selected the “” in the top-right corner. From here I could “Add Device”. Philips Hue is a shortcut. Following the on-screen instructions, the rest proved a doddle.
One of the issues I encountered when using Alexa to control the Signe in my home is that since Alexa is downstairs, and the Signe is upstairs, turning on the light while upstairs using my voice proved rather difficult; Alexa was positioned too far away to hear my command. In fact, y the time Alexa had tuned in to my request to turn off the lamp, I was usually already halfway down the stairs. Frankly, it would have been a lot quicker and less frustrating to just turn off the Signe Gradient via the app.
Should you buy the Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp?
|Reeeally expensive for a table / floor light, although it is lovely||3/5|
|Simplistic and minimalist; just how I like it. The power cable could do with not facing the LED rod, though, so it doesn’t get in the way||4.5/5|
|Easy to use with wonderful effects. I particually like that it can connect to Alexa.||5/5|
|Fabulous app which is easy to navigate||5/5|
Buy it if.
You’re a Smart light novice The Philips Hue Gradient Signe is both easy to set up and easy to use, making it a fab first choice if you’re just getting started with adding Smart lighting to your home.
You like to keep things minimalistic A simple yet effective design sees the Philips Hue Gradient Signe fill your home with color more discreetly.
You want to expand your Philips Hue collection Adding more lights is simple via the Hue app, making it easy to have multiple lamps in a room to create more impact.
Don’t buy it if.
You’re on a budget There’s no denying that 219.99/£189.99 is expensive, so this is more an investment, rather than an impulse buy.
Maximum impact is the name of the game The minimalist design of the Philips Hue Gradient Signe won’t be to everyone’s taste.
There’s no room in your life for a Smart light You can only control this light via the app or using voice commands, so if you’re uncomfortable with either of those methods, this Smart light may not be the best choice.
Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp review: Also consider
|Living room, bedrooms||Living room, bedrooms||Indoor|
|Bluetooth Hue and / or Hue Bridge||Bluetooth Hue and / or Hue Bridge||Wi-Fi|
|Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant Apple HomeKit||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant Apple HomeKit||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant Siri|
|2000-6500 Hue White Colour Ambiance||2000-6500 Hue White Colour Ambiance||2200-6500 (RGB)|
|H145.8 x L11.5 x W11.5cm||H10.1 x L12.6 x W12.9cm||H19.3 x L11.6 x W11.6cm|
If you’d like to further connect your home, here are a couple more products that you may find helpful.
Philips Hue Smart Plug
If you want to integrate lamps into your Smart home that don’t support Hue bulbs, then this Smart plug is the one to choose. It’s easy to use, compact and unassuming; but you’ll need a Hue Bridge to control it when you’re away from home.
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (5th Gen)
Working just like the Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen), this Smart speaker has the added bonus of a clock. It delivers well-balanced sound with improved bass and support for all major music services. It will easily connect and control a Smart light, along with other compatible Smart home devices.
How I tested the Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp
The Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp has been a lovely product to review. The lamp itself was easy to set up, as was the app and voice control with Amazon Alexa.
I first connected the Gradient Signe lamp to Bluetooth, which offers the simplest method of control by far– although I was limited by range and functionality. The Hue Bridge made it possible to control the light from anywhere inside or outside the home, and also delivered greater choice over automation and personalized scene galleries.
For me, the most useful automation was Bedtime. It was nice to go upstairs of an evening to see the light already on. If I wanted the light on or off, I could also make a request to Alexa.
Philips Hue Signe Floor Lamp review: I’m not sure who this Hue is for
It’s strange, it’s expensive, and it would look out of place in most homes. What’s the point of this thing?
Originally hailing from Troy, Ohio, Ry Crist is a writer, a text-based adventure connoisseur, a lover of terrible movies and an enthusiastic yet mediocre cook. A CNET editor since 2013, Ry’s beats include Smart home tech, lighting, appliances, broadband and home networking.
Sometimes, when a child misbehaves, their parent will make them stand and face the corner in a time-out. That’s sort of what it was like testing out the new Philips Hue Signe floor lamp.
Philips Hue Signe Floor Lamp
The Philips Hue Signe fixtures are quite unique and eye-catching, and they work with all of the usual Philips Hue partners.- Alexa, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, the Google Assistant, etc.
Neither fixture puts out a wide enough pool of light, nor can they put out more than one color at a time.
The Bottom Line
Both of Hue’s new Signe fixtures are much too niche.- and much too expensive.- for us to recommend.
Available as a 24-inch table lamp for 160 (about £125, or AU220), or a 58-inch floor lamp for 250 (about £195, or AU345), the new fixtures are basically vertical wands of light designed to spread color across your walls. And, in fairness, both Signe fixtures behaved perfectly well as I tested them out.- but I also didn’t really know what the heck I was supposed to do with the things.
Philips Hue announced a ton of new Smart lights this summer
At any rate, into the corner the floor lamp went. I plugged it in and synced it up with the Hue app, then added it to the CNET Smart Home’s Apple HomeKit setup. Like other Hue products, the Signe fixtures are compatible with Siri, Alexa, the Google Assistant and a number of other popular Smart home platforms.
I asked Alexa to turn it on and off, then asked Google Assistant to dim it up to fifty percent. Siri changed it to blue. I automated it alongside other HomeKit-compatible products in the same room using Apple’s Home app. Everything worked perfectly. Hue’s always been about as rock-solid as Smart lighting gets.
The problem is that I was left entirely underwhelmed. For a product that’s meant to be aimed at your walls, each Signe fixture casts a fairly narrow pool of light. Turning them sideways helped a bit, but then I had a bright strip of LED’s glaring into my eyes from my seat on the couch.
The smaller, less expensive Signe makes a little more sense if you’re hiding a pair of them behind either side of your TV, then using them in cohort with a Philips Hue light strip stretched along the top to create 3-point ambient bias lighting that syncs up with whatever you’re watching. A setup like that would cost you 410, though.- and that’s assuming you already own the mandatory Philips Hue Bridge, which doesn’t come included with the Signe lights or the Hue light strips and costs an additional 60 on its own. I’d much rather save my money and go with the less expensive Hue Bloom or Hue Play directional fixtures for those sides-of-the-TV lights.
Still, no matter which ones I went with, I’d only be able to put out one color at a time from each light, because there still aren’t any Philips Hue products that can put out multiple colors at once the way you can with competitors like Dreamscreen 4K or the Lifx Z Light Strip. The Signe fixtures are basically just rigid, vertical light strips.- if Lifx can make theirs multi-color, why not Philips?
In sum, these things just don’t make much sense to me. I can’t imagine the type of home they’d blend into, nor can I envision a compelling use case that justifies the high cost of buying in.
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Trying out the new Philips Hue Gradient Signe floor lamp
After I was able to announce yesterday that Philips Hue has activated the new gradient functionality in its app, I can now finally introduce you to the first new product that can create a colour gradient: The Philips Hue Gradient Signe floor lamp. I was allowed to try out the black model for you, a white version is also available as an alternative.
The Hue Signe has never been really affordable. The previous model already cost 269 euros and now Philips Hue is going one better: 299 euros are due for the large floor lamp. We certainly don’t need to discuss the fact that this is a lot of money. It should also be clear that the Signe is not to everyone’s taste. However, I find that the gradient technology offers a much more exciting experience.
Before I get to the colour gradients, I would like to briefly go over the technical data. The Signe has an overall height of 146 centimetres, 20 centimetres of which are accounted for by the stand. This makes the Gradient Signe 3 centimetres smaller than the old Signe. No really relevant difference, which also applies to the weight: the new model is about 100 grams lighter.
Philips Hue misses out on simple plus points with the power cable
My first reason for criticism is the power cable. At least the thick transformer is hidden in the stand and there is only a simple power plug at the end of the cable, but the 170-centimetre-long cable is also fixed to the stand. The manufacturer does not intend to detach the cable, because two of the five Torx screws on the stand are so small that I could not open them with the tools I have. The warranty would be void anyway.
Why is this so important to me? If you place the Hue Gradient Signe near a power socket, 170 centimetres of cable are simply not needed. It would be much more practical if you could simply connect a shorter Euro plug cable to the stand. I also can’t imagine that this would have been significantly more expensive to produce, especially since they would then simply have had to include a different cable for countries like the UK or Switzerland.
The new gradient technology is simply a joy to behold
It’s time for a little cheering up. Even though the new Philips Hue Gradient Signe so far only allows the selection of three segments instead of the promised five segments in Ambiance mode, the colour gradients just look fantastic. Of course, this is a matter of personal taste, but I really like the new possibilities.
And even though you can only freely set three segments so far, the automatically generated colour gradients display significantly more colours. In my test, I was able to count ten individual colours that can be displayed by the Hue Gradient Signe floor lamp.
And Hue Entertainment also benefits from the new Gradient technology, because even in interaction with the Hue Sync Box or the Hue Sync Desktop App, the new version of the floor lamp displays not just one, but several colours. The placement is done as usual via the room view of the desired entertainment area.
This is how bright the Philips Hue Gradient Signe can shine
With coloured settings, the Hue Gradient Signe naturally does not shine quite as brightly as with white tones, with which, by the way, no gradients can be created. At the standard setting of 2,700 Kelvin, Philips Hue indicates 1,800 lumens, at 4,000 Kelvin it is 2,550 lumens and thus a little bit more than its predecessor. But I am sure that the new Signe will shine colourfully in most cases.
What can we conclude now? The Hue Gradient Signe with its unusual design does not meet all tastes, and it is anything but cheap to buy. Compared to its predecessor, however, it offers much, much more. For me, there is no question that the Philips Hue Gradient Signe is fascinating. Only the thing with the power cable really bothers me.