T3 Awards 2020: When it comes to colour, no garden is complete without a Lily

Hue’s Lily and Lily XL spotlights are this summer's most sumptuous outdoor lighting

T3 Awards 2020: Philips Hue Lily is our top outdoor lighting
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Everybody knows Philips’ superb Hue lighting system, but it’s often seen as an indoor thing. The Hue outdoor lighting range has grown significantly in recent months, and the Hue Lily is the best outdoor lighting you can buy today. It brings the same ease of use, flexibility and – crucially – app as Philips’ indoor lights, and it’s capable of creating some really great outdoor effects. Put all that together and you have a  T3 Awards 2020 winner. 

Part of a large and growing array of Hue Outdoor lights, Hue Lily is sold as a system consisting of three matte-black low-voltage spotlights made of durable aluminium, and the lights come with mounting stands for walls as well as spikes for ground installation. 

You can then buy add-on Lilys until you have an entire plantation of them. 

Total coverage is around 25m (the lights are connected by 5m lengths of cable with waterproof connectors) and you can add additional lights at any time. Each light produces 600 lumens, which we found was more than enough to light up trees and shrubs of up to 4m in height. With certain colours you get a more 'ambient' effect.

Philips Hue Outdoor Lily XL: like Philips Hue Outdoor Lily, but bigger

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This year, Philips took things up a notch with Hue Lily XL. As you can probably guess, this is a larger Lily, and a significant upgrade. Brightness is upped to a maximum of 1,050 lumens, which is great for bigger gardens and those who want to get more creative with colours and effects.

With people spending more time than ever in the garden this summer, Hue Lily in its various forms keeps selling out, and deservedly so. It's the most versatile and excellent outdoor lighting you can get.

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Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com).