November 12, 2012

Smart lighting: Philips’ Hue

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Philips’ new Hue system brings the Internet of Things to lighting, turning the basic bulb into a “technology platform,” as Geek.com puts it in an extensive review. Hue comprises three networked LED bulbs that fit in standard sockets and a controller, along with a smartphone app that serves as the user interface.

Each bulb contains 11 LEDs in three colors, which can combine to create up to 16 million shades. Users can also control brightness and create an assortment of lighting designs. The companion app offers design templates, such as a reading setting. It also lets users match lighting hues to colors in photographs; schedule off and on times; fade lights up or down over a range of three to nine minutes (making for a gradual wakeup call); and control lights while they’re away. See a demonstration here. Philips, which is selling the system through Apple for $199, has also created an open source platform so developers can piggyback off the system. Meanwhile, a similar smart-bulb system from LIFX is just winding down a Kickstarter drive, racking up $1.3 million from 9,000-plus backers—vastly exceeding the goal of $100,000.  —Alexandra Stieber

Image credit: Apple.com

5 Responses to "Smart lighting: Philips’ Hue"

1 | Jacky

December 6th, 2012 at 10:17 am

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Where can I buy the hue bulbs in Singapore ?

2 | Jacky

December 6th, 2012 at 10:20 am

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I have seen all those demonstration from YouTube , it really impress me . I have search online but I just can’t find any places or shop that are selling it in Singapore !

3 | Vani Rv

January 13th, 2013 at 12:24 am

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Somebody find the shop in singapore where i could buy Hue?

4 | Calvin

October 11th, 2013 at 7:49 am

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Unfortunately I believe it’s not available in Singapore as of date.
Managed to get my hand of 1 from Australia. Maybe should consider getting one from Apple Australia and have it shipped over via an Australian equivalent of comgateway.
In addition I think that you should not get from
US as it’s voltage is different from Singapore.
Australia’s fine. Using it right now.
Cheers!

5 | Bharat

August 17th, 2014 at 5:36 am

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I want philips hue led in dubai now store
Reddy stock

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