Can you replace the bulb of the Philips Hue Inara Outdoor Wall Lantern?

Can you replace the bulb of the Philips Hue Inara Outdoor Wall Lantern?

As easy as one, Hue, three

While the Inara may look a little more complicated to open in order to change the bulb than other Philips Hue fixtures, it's actually pretty simple. To remove an old bulb, all you have to do is unscrew the small screws on the top and bottom of the lantern's black aluminum housing. Once you've finished, you should be able to remove the housing to get to the bulb inside. Take out the old bulb, install the new one, put the housing back on, secure it with the screws, and voilà! You're ready to light up your garden once again.

Consider the bulb

Though you can put pretty much any standard A++ to E bulb in the Inara, there is something you should keep in mind when choosing a new one: the Inara is part of the Philips Hue series for a reason! Though you have the freedom to use the Inara with regular lightbulbs, you'll miss out on all the features that make Hue, Hue. These include scheduling light routines, controlling your lights while away from home, and more — all from your smartphone or virtual assistant of choice.

Unless you want to switch to color, don't worry about needing a replacement any time soon

Another great thing about Philips Hue bulbs is their longevity. All Hue bulbs are LED, meaning that unless there's a glaring technical issue, you shouldn't need to replace the bulb in your Inara for quite awhile. In fact, they're rated to last up to 25,000 hours. That adds up to approximately two years of continuous use, and multiple years of regular use, so don't stress about needing to install a replacement lightbulb in the near future.

However, if you're just looking to shake up your smart lighting, you may want to give Philips Hue's White and Color Ambience bulb a try. It offers even more customization than the white bulb that comes with the Inara, allowing you to accent your outdoor decor with your choice of a whopping 16 million colors. It's great mood lighting for parties, holidays, and the odd Wednesday when you want to enjoy a pretty pink light while you do yard work.

Tory Foulk

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