We’ve all been wondering when Philips hue was going to introduce some cool new stuff, and today is the day! Philips just this minute released news about not one but three new products to its hue lineup.
The biggest news is hue lux, an all-white version of the popular Philips hue. The coolest news is the 3D-printed hue luminaires, and perhaps the most convenient release is the Friends of hue product, hue tap, a sort of tap remote control for hue products for those times when your smartphone or tablet isn’t handy to control the lights. Here’s the scoop:
Philips hue lux
Moving out of the novelty and into the more practical side of the smart-lighting phenomenon, Philips introduced hue lux today, a bright white-only smart LED wireless bulb. The starter kit comes with two bulbs and a bridge for $99.95 and each additional bulb is $39.95 (by comparison, Philips original color-enabled hue starter kit is $199 for three bulbs and a bridge). Like the colored hue we know and love, you can control lux with your smartphone or tablet, and it is likewise equally compatible with all the hundreds of hue-compatible apps (proprietary and third-party) and hardware already out in the market. Here’s how Philips puts it:
With the launch of hue lux bulbs, anyone who wants great quality, functional white light for everyday living can now enjoy a smart LED bulb with perfect digital dimming control. Using the intuitive app, you can lower the setting from bright, warm white light for practical tasks to dimmed light, all from the convenience of your smart device, even when you’re away from home.
Hue lux is also compatible with Hue control devices such as the jawbone bracelet which detects when you are waking in the morning and switches on your hue lux in the bathroom.
Since hue lux uses the industry-standard ZigBee protocol to communicate, other home automation products such as switches and sensors can also be integrated with the hue lighting system.
3D-printed hue luminaires
This is a first in the lighting world–3D-printed smart luminaires, a way cool design addition that takes lighting beyond the bulb and commingles light, art, and smart technology. The 3D-printed Philips hue table and pendant luminaires are made exclusively to pre-order at www.meethue.com beginning March 31.
Add color using your hue system with a simple swipe on your iOS or Android devices. You can personalize these lighting fixtures by doing things like syncing them with the outside world, sunrise and sunset, for example. You just have to connect them to an automated internet service.
“3D printing provides more freedom, control and even personalization when designing lighting products. There are fewer boundaries for creativity with Philips hue as there are unlimited options to generate any mood or lighting effect. Combined, we have created the most advanced, digital (even futuristic) technologies for a functional, emotional and unique object,” comments WertelOberfell designer Jan Wertel.
These designer lamps and fixtures will set you back a pretty penny, however–$4,135 for pendant styles and $3,445 for table lamp.
Let’s face it, sometimes we simply don’t want to control lights with a phone. A remote control or even a simple switch will do. This new Friend of hue, known as hue tap ($59.95) is a small switch that makes controlling your hue ecosystem very easy and more flexible. You can even extend your app into the physical world by putting your favorite scene creations from the hue app or groups of lights onto the four buttons of hue tap. It needs no batteries as it operates using kinetic energy through taps from your finger. Very cool! Hue tap will be available in the second half of 2014.