Philips is continuing to shine the spotlight on hue, their smart home lighting system. It started with normal LED bulbs that you could control from a smartphone, but the line has expanded rapidly. The latest releases are anything but normal – they’re all about living the high life.
If you never thought home lighting could be a luxury item, you thought wrong. Philips’ new 3D-printed hue luminaires will come in pendant and table forms, and are going to look absolutely beautiful. The 3D-printed models look a bit like crystal, and shine like nothing else you’ve seen before. Using a smartphone, you can program your own light show into the luminaire, using any of the 16 million colors at your disposal.
For those who want clean, plain white light, there’s the hue lux, which is basically a standard hue bulb that bathes you only in white light. If you’re already familiar with the hue lighting system, you’ll be happy to know that that lux works with any startup kit you might have, so you can just buy a bulb and get it up and running in no time. If you’re new to the smart lighting game, there will also be a starter pack available, which will contain two lux bulbs and a bridge unit.
The existence of hue tap is a little more curious. Hue exists for people who find it easier to control their lights from something that’s probably always on them – their smartphones. Tap sticks the light controls right back on the wall, but hey, at least it doesn’t look like your average light switch. Tap has three buttons that can be programmed to any hue bulb or light fixture in the home, but that’s not the coolest part. That distinction goes to the fact that tap requires no power to run – the energy it needs it takes from the kinetic energy of you simply pressing buttons. No battery, no wires, no nothing.
The latter, hue tap, we’ll see soon enough – it’s coming after summer for $60. The hue lux starter kit will retail for $100, with individual bulbs coming in at $40. And the luminaires, well, those will cost you. They’re all made custom to order, and depending on whether you get a table or pendant luminaire, you’ll have to pay between €2,500 and €3,000.