Philips is including the E14 candle bulbs in its Hue range of connected bulbs this year and it's kicking things off by bringing the bulbs to Europe in April. That being said, Philips hasn't given an exact date for the European release, but for those consumers in Europe who will be looking to get their hands on these new connected bulbs, the launch will at least be around the corner. For the U.S. consumers who are interested in grabbing them, you'll have to wait a little longer as Philips does state that the E14 Hue bulbs will be coming to the U.S., but they have been quite a bit more vague on the launch as they have merely stated that the release would be sometime later on this year.
While there are some Philips Hue bulbs that you can already pick up from various retailers like Amazon, expanding the range to include the E14 candle bulb means Philips is broadening the scope of the types of lamp fittings that can support Hue bulbs. The E14 are meant for lamp fittings of smaller size and because these will be included in the near future, Philips says that the release of the E14 Hue bulb will push them to cover about 80% of lamp and fixture fittings globally, which means they're slowly but surely working towards including a compatible bulb for any fixture or fitting.
The new E14 Hue candle bulbs will be able to put out a cool 470 lumens with a 4000k color temperature and they will be a 6.5w bulb. In addition to keeping quiet on the exact times of release for both Europe and the U.S., Philips has also not yet mentioned which retailers would be carrying these bulbs, though it's likely that anywhere you can buy the currently available Hue products will also end up carrying the new E14 candle Hue bulb as well. Philips has not mentioned a price point for either of the two markets, but in the U.S. other Hue bulbs go for about $49.99 so it's possible that the E14 candle bulb could for about the same price when it launches. With the launch of these new Hue bulbs on the horizon, those with a Google Home speaker will have one more bulb to control.