LED lighting is transforming the way we light our homes, and “smart” LED lighting takes lighting control to a new level. Now there’s a new smart LED option for homeowners, as Philips, one of the key drivers of the trend, today introduced its Hue lux LED bulb.
Due to ship in the first week of September and available for pre-order now, it’s a “warm white,” 750 lumen bulb that Philips says is the same shade as a traditional incandescent bulb — just with 80 percent power savings by comparison. And it’s controllable and dimmable from your smartphone, tablet, Philips’ Hue app and third-party apps like IFTTT.
You can set it so that it gradually wakes you up, switches on while you’re away, or blinks when you receive an email. You can even use it with the Jawbone Up fitness wristband, which can detect when you wake up and switch on Hue lux in your bathroom.
The bulb will be available individually for $29.99, with a Hue lux starter kit available for $99.99. The starter kit contains two Hue lux bulbs and a bridge that plugs into your Wi-Fi router.