Philips has developed the first light bulb that you can control with your iPhone. Get enough of them, and you’ll have your own smart lighting system set up.
The new lights, dubbed hue, are LED lights that fit into standard light sockets. From there, they’ll be able to connect to your home’s wireless router, which will allow them to communicate with a free app on your iPhone. From that app, you’ll be able to turn lights on and off, dim lights, or change the color of the lights – these are LED lights, and you’ll have – according to Philips – 16 million colors to choose from. A small step up from the Crayola box.
Up to 50 lights can be controlled by the app, and each one can be controlled individually. They can be turned off remotely, and can be programmed – if you want the lights to come on gradually when you want to wake up, you can do that. On the other hand, you can have them gradually dim when it’s time to go to sleep.
The hue starter kit will include three LED bulbs, and will sell for about $200, only from the Apple store. Individual bulbs will be available for $60. Despite being an Apple store exclusive, hue bulbs can be controlled using an Android app, too.