Philips has announced that it is expanding its Hue lighting collection with a new Lux bulb and a Hue Tap controller.
It seems that every electronics company has some sort of new light bulb coming out as of late with LG recently announcing the Smart Lamp bulb, and Samsung following that up with the Smart bulb. Not to be outdone, Philips has now announced a new bulb in its Hue line called the Hue Lux.
The Hue Lux is an all white bulb as opposed to the original Hues that can change color. With the removal of the color changing ability you'll save around $20 a bulb, but it will still set you back $40 for a single. You can also pick up a two-pack for $100, but with those two bulbs you will also receive a Hue base.
In addition to the new bulb, Philips announced the Hue Tap controller. This new wireless controller works off of kinetic energy, and the mere act of taping one of the buttons will generate all the energy it needs to carry out the command associated with the button. This will allow you complete freedom of where you place the tap without having to worry about running power to it or the bulbs it's controlling.
While it's interesting to see items as mundane as light bulbs and switches becoming smarter, the prices are definitely prohibitive for your average consumer. Hopefully, as with most electronics, we'll see the prices begin to come down as adoption rates increase.
Introducing hue tap: the world's first kinetic-powered, web-enabled light switch
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, today announces a world's first: hue tap, a clever little switch which makes controlling your favorite hue light scenes even easier. Being kinetic-powered no batteries are needed.
Reinventing the light switch Hue tap is as smart as the hue bulbs it controls, and just as easy to use. For moments when you prefer not to use your smart device to turn the lights on, such as when your phone is charging or the kids are playing with your tablet, simply tap! Also, you can extend your app into the physical world by putting your favorite scene creations from the hue app or groups of lights onto the four buttons of hue tap. Simply cycle to the one you want, in an instant.
Zero power consumption, zero wires Hue tap needs no batteries as it operates using kinetic energy – simply through taps from your finger. As a result, it has a remarkable zero watts of power consumption and needs no mains power source. Meaning it's not only smarter, but greener and hassle free.
"Hue tap is the perfect solution for users who want to control their personal wireless lighting with yet more convenience," remarks Filip Jan Depauw, Senior Director, Philips Lighting. "It is more than just a modern take on the wall switch – it combines easy-to-use traditional lighting control with the smart, intuitive, fun world of hue."
Philips hue tap requires the hue bridge found with all starter kits for hue and Friends of hue products. Hue tap is available after summer in North America and Europe at selected retail outlets for US $59.95 / €59.95 (RRP).
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Philips launches hue lux, bringing more choice to homeowners wanting to get smart with bright white light
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Today, Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting announces a breakthrough new member of hue. Hue lux is a bright white-only version of hue, controllable using your smart phone or tablet and fully compatible with the vast range of hue apps and hardware. The world's leading personal wireless lighting system for the home sets a new benchmark for connected quality white light.
The first step into a smarter home With the launch of hue lux bulbs, anyone who wants great quality, functional white light for everyday living can now enjoy a smart LED bulb with perfect digital dimming control. Using the intuitive app, you can lower the setting from bright, warm white light for practical tasks to dimmed light, all from the convenience of your smart device, even when you're away from home. Hue lux uses the same backbone as the rest of the hue eco-system so you can enjoy third party apps, such as the disco app that synching hue lux to music. It's also compatible with Hue control devices such as the jawbone bracelet which detects when you are waking in the morning and switches on your hue lux in your bathroom.
"Hue lux is another entry point for people who are ready for the connected home," comments Filip Jan Depauw, Senior Director, Philips Lighting. "Hue lux offers personal wireless functional lighting, giving users perfect control over their homes by reinventing the dimmer switch and giving you control via an array of apps. Hue lux makes your everyday activity even brighter, with the ability to operate up to 50 bulbs with each smart bridge, once you have the kit, your connected lighting experience is completely scalable: you can add any hue-compatible product to any room in your home."
Each starter kit contains two hue lux bulbs and a hue bridge. Simply screw in the bulbs, plug the bridge into your home WiFi router and download the app or just add hue lux to your existing hue bridge Once you're set up, you can control your bulbs directly through your mobile phone or tablet. Since hue lux uses the industry-standard ZigBee protocol to communicate, further home automation products such as switches and sensors can also be integrated with your hue lighting system, allowing you to make your home even smarter over time.
Hue lux is available in North America and Europe at selected retail outlets after summer 2014, and will be accompanied by a new app update.