Philips’ new Hue lights cover your entire home, inside and out

Philips has introduced a range of new Hue lights and fixtures that are designed to go all over your home, including a couple that we’ve already seen in leaks, like an outdoor lightstrip and a bathroom mirror.

The general, overwhelming theme is that Philips wants to be everywhere in your house, inside and outside. Although I immediately think of Hue bulbs as the product line’s defining feature, Philips no longer needs the literal bulbs to round out its portfolio. Some of these products use LEDs or have no replaceable bulbs at all. Instead, Philips is trying to build a brand around “lighting,” rather than just a collection of light bulbs.

With that, here are the new 2018 offerings.

The Ascend Collection



This collection uses a uniform cover shape made out of diffused glass to cover Hue bulbs. There’s a hanging pendant, a table lamp, a floor lamp, and a sconce that all come with included Hue bulbs. The table and wall light ship with the E12 candle bulb, while the floor lamp and pendant ship with the A19 bulb. Both of these can handle white light and colored light. You can angle the lights to direct them.

Pricing details: $99.99 for the wall light, $129.99 for the table light, $149.99 for the pendant, and $179.99 for the floor lamp. These are all listed online already through the Philips website, although they’re currently “out of stock.” Philips says they’ll be available starting in October.


The Being Pendant

This light doesn’t feature a typical bulb and is designed to be mounted from the ceiling. It’s pretty! It can only output shades of white light and will cost $249.99 when it’s released on August 20th.


The Enchant Pendant Light

This is a simple hanging pendant light. It can glow in white or color and includes a bulb. It’ll cost $99.99 when it’s released on August 20th. The listing is live on Philips’ website. It definitely wasn’t my style when I saw it in person, but maybe someone out there wants a minimal hanging light.


The White Ambiance Adore Collection

This is Philips’ new bathroom collection, which leaked last month. The leak only showed off the new mirror, which will cost $249.99 when it’s release on August 20th, but there’s also a new flush-mount fixture as well. The ceiling light is expected to have 30,000 hours of use, at which point you’d have to buy a new light since you can’t change the LEDs. It’ll cost $179.99.

Both the mirror and fixture only glow in shades of white. They also ship with a dimmer switch so that you can turn them on and off without needing your phone. That switch will be preprogrammed but you can always change their defaults.



Outdoor lightstrip

This is another product that leaked ahead of its official unveiling: the outdoor lightstrip. It’s designed to withstand all weather conditions, meaning that you can’t extend it or make it smaller. It’s available in both 7-foot and 16-foot versions. Philips envisions it as ideal for lighting a path. The 16-foot model will cost $159.99, while the 7-foot version will cost $89.99.


Photography by Ashley Carman / The Verge

June’s newest smart countertop oven only costs $599

You might recall the June oven: an appliance that’s supposed to be smarter than your average oven and much tinier. Today, the company is introducing a second version of the device that costs nearly $1,000 less than the original.

The new model sells for $599 and is also $100 off for a limited time. Much of the price drop came from nixing a knob and built-in scale, as well as optimizing their sourcing and manufacturing. The more interesting part of this new product launch, however, is that it really doesn’t come with any new functionality. Everything you can do with this June oven, you can do with the original because of software updates.

In the two years since the company’s launch, it’s added the ability to air fry, dehydrate, and slow cook. It also now recognizes more than 50 foods with its built-in camera that’ll also let users watch their food as it cooks.

June has plenty of competitors at this point: the Tovala, Brava, and the GE Smart Countertop Oven. But what’s ultimately going to separate these companies is their firmware support — how often they’re updated, how well they recognize foods, and how reliant they are on specific subscription plans. (You don’t need a subscription plan to use the June, although the company does offer one.) It’s neat that your oven can be upgraded over time. It’s just going to be a bummer if you bet on the wrong one and end up with a unsupported, old countertop appliance.