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Starter kit with three bulbs is $199

Philips has announced what may well be the most advanced LED light bulb ever. The new bulb is called the Philips hue and claims to be the world's smartest web-enabled LED home lighting system. The hallmark of the bulb is that it can be controlled using an application that runs on Apple gadgets such as the iPhone.

The wireless connectivity between the iPhone app and the light bulbs allows the user to create and personalize the color of light within each room of the home. The hue will be available exclusively in Apple stores starting on October 30. A starter kit will be available that includes three bulbs that screw into existing lamps or light sockets.

The starter kit also includes a required network bridge that plugs into the Wi-Fi router inside the home. Once the bulbs are installed and the adapter is connected to your Wi-Fi router, the bulbs are ready to be controlled. Philips says that the hue system can be set up in only a few minutes and that the system is designed to be upgradable to allow future expansion.

The bulbs can be tuned to create various shades of white light and can also create any color light you want. The system also allows the user to create light scenes for each room or specific times of the day that can be recalled in an instant. You can also use pictures that you've taken with your phone as a color palette to create lighting that is shown in the photo.

The system also supports the creation of timers to manage settings automatically and lights can be controlled remotely when not at home for security. The system also has a timer that allows you to wake to light rather than a noisy alarm clock. The app also has four preset LightRecipes that Philips says its researchers found to have beneficial effects on the body.

Jeroen de Waal, Head of Marketing & Strategy at Philips Lighting commented:  “Philips hue is a game-changer in lighting – a completely new way to experience and interact with light. In the way phones, media and entertainment have been revolutionized by digital technology, now we can also personalize light and enjoy limitless applications. Philips continues to redefine the possibilities of LED technology, and hue pushes the boundaries even more, not only in offering great light quality, but in how lighting can be digitized and integrated with our world to further simplify and enhance our lives.” 

The three-bulb starter kit will cost $199 and individual bulbs will cost $59 each.

Source: Philips

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Bachelor Pads
By xti on 10/29/2012 10:20:36 AM , Rating: 3
Bachelor pads just got upgraded.

RE: Bachelor Pads
By Mitch101 on 10/29/2012 10:30:33 AM , Rating: 3
Similar has been out for a while.

They go on ebay special every now and then for much less and work well for what they do. Kids use them as nightlights.

Id like to see more cost effective LED lighting already. I have a few LED Bulbs now but if they were more cost effecting especially if competitive in the 60-70 incandescent watt area I would change the whole house. Right not using them in the kids bathroom they are rated 40watt equivalent but are white light so I would rate them closer to 50 watt. Never have to worry about them shattering and the mercury. Takes a little time to get used to but you adjust and accept them over time.

RE: Bachelor Pads
By xti on 10/29/2012 11:05:37 AM , Rating: 1
yes but controlled from iphone is the panty dropper.

RE: Bachelor Pads
By Mitch101 on 10/29/2012 12:55:03 PM , Rating: 5
Maybe in a trailer park.

RE: Bachelor Pads
By zlandar on 10/29/2012 11:45:19 AM , Rating: 2
Gigity gigity.

RE: Bachelor Pads
By Shig on 10/29/2012 12:52:53 PM , Rating: 3
A 40$ LED that looks great, lasts 25 years, and uses close to no energy = NO THANKS.

A 40$ LED with wifi and iphone app = TAKE MY MONEY.

Just US consumer logic.

RE: Bachelor Pads
By Rukkian on 10/29/2012 4:30:16 PM , Rating: 2
More like:
A 30$ LED that looks great, lasts 25 years, and uses close to no energy = NO THANKS.
A 66$ LED with wifi and iphone app = TAKE MY MONEY.

From the posted picture
By warezme on 10/29/2012 11:16:25 AM , Rating: 5
You use these lights and an iphone to make the outside of your house look like a Windows 8 metro screen, ironic.

RE: From the posted picture
By Solandri on 10/29/2012 11:45:18 AM , Rating: 2
Oh it's better than that. If you have a 10 story tall building with 10 rooms across with these lights, you basically have a 10x10 pixel array. Once everyone has gone home from work, you can dynamically adjust the lighting in each room to display images, play games, etc.

RE: From the posted picture
By drycrust3 on 10/29/2012 2:05:57 PM , Rating: 2
If you have a 10 story tall building with 10 rooms across with these lights, you basically have a 10x10 pixel array.

The beauty of this bulb is that you can do it all with one bulb, you don't need three of them. While the time to change is probably not fast enough for something like a TV picture, it may well be able to give you slow moving images, such as a bird in flight, latest in store specials, or someone walking along a beach with a setting sun, etc. This could revolutionise the concept of the neon sign advertising.

RE: From the posted picture
By BugblatterIII on 10/29/2012 11:52:50 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder if it can go grey to hide the scuff marks...

By woody1 on 10/29/2012 10:28:33 AM , Rating: 2
What's an "iphone"?

RE: iphone?
By Brandon Hill on 10/29/2012 10:32:37 AM , Rating: 5
Ask Tony Swash

RE: iphone?
By spread on 10/29/2012 5:46:29 PM , Rating: 2
"The iPhone saved me." - Tony Swash

I'm sure he carries his on a chain around his neck and he has his own mini shrine to the Apple store in his home. Crazy old man.

why no android?
By Bubbacub on 10/29/2012 12:25:28 PM , Rating: 2
i really get annoyed with this corporate lead anti android discrimination.

fragmentation is a reasonable excuse when making something that takes a lot of resources (i.e. tailoring performance of games for example to lots of different hardware) but this kind of app is just sending out a simple signal to a bulb over a network.

to be fair with this product - an apple 'enthusiast' is far more likely to spend $200 on light bulbs than a normal human being.

RE: why no android?
By Tony Swash on 10/29/2012 1:54:51 PM , Rating: 1
i really get annoyed with this corporate lead anti android discrimination.

fragmentation is a reasonable excuse when making something that takes a lot of resources (i.e. tailoring performance of games for example to lots of different hardware) but this kind of app is just sending out a simple signal to a bulb over a network.

Note that it's available exclusively in the Apple Retail Store. Presumably an exclusivity deal was done between Apple and Philips. Be interesting if there there are more such deals.

RE: why no android?
By cfaalm on 10/29/2012 4:38:53 PM , Rating: 2
So you were seriously thinking about acquiring that LED set if you could control it with an Android handheld?

RE: why no android?
By darkhawk1980 on 10/30/2012 7:34:47 AM , Rating: 2
The funny part is if you weren't such an Apple-moron, you'd go read the unbiased article that the author links and find out it does work on Android. It's not specific to Apple by any means. It work's off the ZigBee standard, which is not owned by Apple.

Honestly, if it wasn't for the fact that I hate Apple, this would be a decent product. I'd consider getting a few just to try it out.

Either way, the unashamed bias in the article here is appalling, and beginning to become the norm here on dailytech. Forget unbiased reporting, we just want more crApple gear to waste our money on every 3 months. A new Ipad with a better screen, sure! Oh wait, 3 months later it's the same Ipad with a slightly newer SoC, I want! And people complain about Android fragmentation....atleast there's a few options there that make some amount of sense.

Is this 910 lumens?
By phazers on 10/29/2012 11:07:58 AM , Rating: 2
As was mentioned in the linked article? If so, not a bad light output. Typical cheap LED bulbs at Lowe's or Home Depot put out anywhere from 200 - 450 lumens which is not sufficient for general room lighting despite what they say. IIRC a typical 60W incandescent bulb is around 900 lumens light output and most people would consider that fairly dim - you would want several bulbs for general lighting in one room. So I would imagine $200 just to light one room would be too expensive for Joe Blow, but maybe just right for Justin Long :D..

My wife owns a nail salon with drop lights over the spa pedicure chairs - I'm replacing the 100W incandescent floods with BR30 LED floods with 1150 lumen output at $30 a bulb. Not only will pay for itself in about a year (these lights are on 8-10 hours a day, 7 days a week), but also save the hassle of having to change the bulbs every 9-10 months or so..

For anyone willing to put up with a remote control controlling the bulb directly, you can get a color-programmable bulb, 400 lumens or so, for a bit over $6 on

RE: Is this 910 lumens?
By kaborka on 10/29/2012 4:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
Be careful with CFLs for extended close-range use:

I'm waiting on a viable LED replacement for a 1700 lumen 100W bulb. GE is supposed to release one next year.

RE: Is this 910 lumens?
By euclidean on 10/31/2012 1:35:37 PM , Rating: 2
??? I don't see anywhere in his post mentioning CFLs....

Disco mode...
By Micronite on 10/29/2012 12:05:35 PM , Rating: 2
Why no disco mode?

Seriously, maybe I missed it, but why would I buy the starter kit at $200 for 3 bulbs if I could get 3 bulbs individually for $60 each => 3 x $60 = $180 < $200

RE: Disco mode...
By Micronite on 10/29/2012 12:06:39 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I caught it... need the network bridge from the starter kit.

I dunno
By Ammohunt on 10/29/2012 1:48:09 PM , Rating: 2
$200 buys quite a few dumb bulbs..

RE: I dunno
By bill.rookard on 10/29/2012 2:08:22 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed. I just picked up 4 CFL's for $2.79, are they as efficient as the LEDs? No. But approx 10w CFLs at $0.70 vs approx 7w LEDs at $30-40 each? 50x the price for a 3w savings just isn't worth it.

1 for my car, please!
By inperfectdarkness on 10/30/2012 6:42:01 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously, having non-white light in my living spaces is only cool for about 15 minutes. After that, it kinda gets annoying (at least if you're actually in those rooms). What I've been waiting for is an LED kit to offer this functionality for automobiles. Similar to the ~2010 Mercury's, where there were 6-colors of interior lighting you could control with a button press.

Infinite colors changed wirelessly--in my car--is what I'd really plunk down money for. Especially if it could be retrofitted to most cars. Heck, that's easily worth $500 to me.

RE: 1 for my car, please!
By euclidean on 10/31/2012 1:38:20 PM , Rating: 2
Nissan has offered just that as an option for interior lighting starting in their 2011 models....though it may not be an infinite color range, I do believe it's 20 or so colors if I remember right. They light up the door, feet area, center console, cup holders, and a few other spots.

What this has to be used for
By deathwombat on 10/29/2012 10:37:36 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's perfectly obvious what this has to be used for. From now on, when geeks turn buildings into giant games of Tetris, they can assign a different color to each tetrominoe type!

NZXT Hue vs. Phillips Hue?
By stratosrally on 10/30/2012 10:13:48 AM , Rating: 2
Hmmm... I guess I was the only one to think of another mult-color LED lighting product that uses the same name:

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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