Is the Inara Outdoor Wall lantern better for outdoor lighting than the Philips Hue A19 Bulb?

Is the Inara Outdoor Wall lantern better for outdoor lighting than the Philips Hue A19 Bulb?

Best answer: Smart lighting fixtures continue to grow in popularity and if you're looking for an outdoor wall lantern that works with your existing Philips Hue lighting system and like the look of the Inara, by all means, buy it. Otherwise, choose from perhaps thousands of other outdoor wall lanterns and create the same setup simply by buying a separate smart bulb such as the popular Philips Hue white A19.Philips Hue: Inara Outdoor Wall Lantern ($50)Amazon: Philips Hue A19 Bulb ($13+)

Beautifully designed with limited appeal

The Inara outdoor lighting fixture by Philips Hue is weatherproof and should provide years of enjoyment (each bulb is rated for 25,000 hours of use and luckily, the fixture ships with one A19 white smart bulb by Philips Hue). If you want colors, buy an A19 bulb that supports both white and color ambiance. Connecting it with a Hue Bridge gives you access to 16 million colors and other features.

Unfortunately, the Inara also has limited appeal. If you don't like how the Inara looks but are still looking for a smart outdoor lighting solution, you can make one of your own. Just find a fixture that has a protection rating of at least IP44, so you know the bulb and wires are always protected. From there, install the A19 smart bulb in any fixture with an E26 screw base.

About the A19

The white A19 bulb works with or without the separate Hue Bridge — although the Bridge will give you full access to all it has to offer. When part of your existing Philips Hue system in your home, you can use the Hue app to schedule lighting routines whenever you're away or have the lights turn on when you return. Smart bulbs from Philips Hue can also pair with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant, which allows you to control them with just your voice.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.