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Old Oct 29, 2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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Philips to Sell iOS-Controlled LED Light Bulbs Exclusively Through Apple Stores




Philips has announced a new iOS-controlled LED lighting system that can emulate nearly any color, as well as personalize the lighting experience with a wide array of dimmer and scheduling options. The company believes the new bulbs could reinvent "the way we think about and experience light in our homes."
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Building on its innovation capabilities, today Philips unveils hue, the world's smartest web-enabled LED home lighting system. Philips hue signals a new era in home lighting both in the way we think about and experience light in our homes. It allows you to create and control the light using your smartphone or tablet.

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Philips hue can be setup in minutes. The intuitive app allows you to remotely control your home lighting to help secure your home, personalize your home lighting experience with custom settings and program timers to help manage your daily schedules, all through the convenience of a smart device. An intuitive and seamless system, Philips hue is upgradeable and future-proof, with the potential for more features to be downloaded and enjoyed in the future.
Philips is also working on new features including geo-location to automatically turn lights on or off when users approach or leave heir homes, as well as integrating with other media including sound and video.

The bulbs will be sold exclusively via Apple Stores beginning tomorrow. Hue is $199 for three bulbs plus the wireless link that can support up to 50 bulbs. Additional bulbs are available for $59 each.

Apple has been pushing app-enabled accessories heavily in its online and retail stores, offering products as varied as thermostats, weight scales, blood pressure monitors, a meat thermometer and a pet-tracking GPS collar.

Update: The starter pack ($199.95) and individual bulbs ($59.95) are now available in Apple's online store.

Article Link: Philips to Sell iOS-Controlled LED Light Bulbs Exclusively Through Apple Stores
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 12:16 PM   #2
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You can buy single bulbs like this with a remote for $11 online. Same basic thing with colors and different blinking modes, etc.
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 12:18 PM   #3
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I wonder if I could use this to turn a lightbulb on in my head...
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 12:19 PM   #4
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The pricing is what going to kill it.
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 01:23 PM   #5
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The pricing is what going to kill it.
Right! Just like pricing killed the iPhones and iPads.
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 01:30 PM   #6
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Right! Just like pricing killed the iPhones and iPads.
The iPhone with a contract is the same price as almost every "new" good smartphone out there. This is obviously a novelty item to have in your home (it would be great if you had a home theater or something like that) but the average person has no need to bust out the iPhone for dimmer lights.
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 01:32 PM   #7
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The pricing is what going to kill it.
The way it has the NEST?
Its upscale, folks. Just like Mercedes. If you have to gripe about price, they you clearly should get the Target model.
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 03:04 PM   #8
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The pricing is what going to kill it.
I don't think it will... unfortunately.

Apple's own products aren't quite as crazy overpriced, and I feel completely sane buying them. The idiot verdict comes from hopeful third parties who think that Apple's customer base is a portal to a money-is-no-object paradise full of suckers. Just take your regular crap and stick it in white Apple-esque packaging and triple the price tag.

- I'd like a stand for my smartphone.
- We have this one for $9.99.
- Is it for iPhone?
- Ohhhh, you have an iPhone. In that case we have this other one for... one million dollars.
- It's the exact same as the first one...?
- Oh, not at all, sir. This one is hand made from precious metals and flown in special from the Orient.
- Really? It says here... "aluminum" and "made in China".

I'm sorry Philips but you can take your perfectly ordinary LED-bulbs and stick'em where the bulbs don't shine.

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Old Oct 29, 2012, 12:20 PM   #9
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Ah, it's about time. I can't count the number of times where I was wishing I had a way of changing the color of my lights using a phone.
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Talk about expensive..
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 12:22 PM   #11
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it's totally Hue-seless


huge lack of innovation from Philips

they've been trying to put lights everywhere, recently being LCD TVs to just to create fake ambiences, it was a huge failure

now pricey bulbs...
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 01:48 PM   #12
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Talk about expensive..
They're energy saving, though.

In that they cost so much to buy that you won't be able to afford to switch them on.
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 05:36 PM   #13
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Talk about expensive..
You pay up front but save in the end. These use even less power then a CFL and last many times longer. Look at the cost to per light socket over a 10 year period. It works out to not all that much for these
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 10:17 PM   #14
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I can't count the number of times where I was wishing I had a way of changing the color of my lights using a phone.
Clearly, there needs to be an App to count the number of times you wish you had a way of changing the color of your lights using a phone.
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I would buy it. Better than getting those smart home systems from xfinity, espeically when you don't need it in the entire room. Would be great for movies and gaming to use dim orange or blue lights.
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 12:20 PM   #16
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i think this is going to be novelty item than seeing actual usage.
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I wonder if the next big thing isn't going to be connected mobile devices but connected domestic devices. Thermostats would be another good place to start - provided they are affordable.
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Thermostats would be another good place to start - provided they are affordable.
Way ahead of you there, buddy.



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Old Oct 29, 2012, 12:26 PM   #19
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Phillips just stole LIFX Thunder...

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...ented?ref=live
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 12:27 PM   #21
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how many iOS device owners does it take to buy an extraordinarily expensive set of light bulbs to bring the price down?
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 12:29 PM   #22
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Now even light bulbs can be status symbols!

Who really is going to change the color of the light bulbs in their house numerous times to numerous colors?

While it IS a cool idea, it's pretty pointless and there is no way I'd pay that kind of money for light bulbs, LED or not.
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I'd be "wow cool!" if I hadn't had awful experiences with Philips Brand lighting in the past. Everything I bought from Philips was over priced and stopped working wayyy to soon. Booo!














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That looks freaking sweet!
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Would it kill them to publish the actual CRI for these bulbs?

And are these standard A19 bulbs? I'd definitely be interested in trying some dim-able PAR38 floods.
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