CES 2014: Holi Smart Lamp Coming to U.S. in March

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Holi yesterday announced that its iPhone and iPad-Controlled smart lamp will be coming to the United States in the near future. Currently, the square 18-LED mood light is available in Europe.

    At just over an inch thick and approximately 7.8-inches wide, the Holi light sports a minimalist design that is meant to fit into any room. Much like the Light Strip and the Bloom from Philips' Hue line of lights, the Holi is designed to be an accent light. With over 500 lumens, it produces more light than a standard 40W bulb. Comparatively, the Philips Hue bulbs come in at 600 lumens, while the Bloom has a 120-lumen bulb.

    Users can utilize the Holi app to create various lighting effects, which can be shared with the entire Holi community. Holi is able to sync with music, changing color with tempo, and it also serves as an alarm clock with a built-in dawn simulator.

    Holi is able to simulate millions of different colors, and it is also able to combine colors with its individual LED bulbs. Similar light offerings, like the Philips Bloom, are limited to a single color. The Holi app can be used to create lighting scenes from photographs, and it includes pre-programmed effects like rotating colors. Three Holi lamps can be synced and controlled from a single iPhone.

    Though U.S. pricing has not yet been released, the lamp retails for EUR199 in Europe and will likely cost around $200 in the U.S. It is expected to be available beginning in March.

    Article Link: CES 2014: Holi Smart Lamp Coming to U.S. in March
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    A novelty for hipsters.

    Hue is at least practical.
  3. macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2013
  4. macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tempe, AZ
    $200?!?!!!? I am definitely in the wrong field.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2011
    UCD, Ireland
    My god...
    They've done it.

    The most needless consumer electronics device imaginable.


    Nah, it just means your brain still works :)
  6. macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tempe, AZ
    "i paid $600 for what i could have gotten in $20 of parts from amazon, isnt that ironic?"
  7. macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    For $200 I can have pretty colors? No thanks.
  8. macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2008
  9. macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2012
    The Netherlands
  10. macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2004
    It is??? :eek: Not for $130. For light bulbs.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013
    This might be the dumbest thing I've ever seen. And I've seen some dumb things.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    I've had Hue in my house for almost a year and LOVE IT. The automation aspect and color changing/dimming are so handy for different situations that I never would have thought about.

    Our 6 year old will get scared of the dark and come into our room at night requesting to keep a light on. I change one of the bulbs to blue and it is easier on the closed eyes to fall back asleep too and gives our son a little piece if mind.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2006
    It's hardly dumb.

    It's the sort of customized interior lighting that used to be available only to owners of multimillion-dollar houses.

    Now the rest of us can afford to make the insides of our homes look amazing.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    It's has it use for sure, but at 200. they won't sell millions.
  15. macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    When my mom finished a reno on her new home in Florida, the contractor put in a lot of LED light bulbs, and said (I certainly hope with a non-morbid tone), "you won't have to worry about replacing a lot of these light bulbs". I installed a lot of LED light bulbs in my former home before I vacated it (well in advance, but nonetheless, before), and I suspect that many of those bulbs will outlast at least one round of tenants, maybe more than one. But hey, they match, they fit, and they will stay there, because they don't fit my new/current/former home (which I have moved back into). Stuff happens. A light-bulb that serves more than one function and lasts a really long time has some merit.

    If it's not worth $200 to you (or more realistically $270 with exchange rate (?!?) ), don't buy it.

    (The LED's that I bought were admittedly less expensive, and I *can* see where the $200+ price tag will be a genuine issue for lots of folks.)
  16. macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Giant home buttons you can put in your home—it's like inverted skeuomorphism.
  17. macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2009
    Lone Star state
    I am happy with the hues I got for Christmas. I don't see as much practicality it this square lighty thing.

    Could you not take hue light strip and do the same?
  18. macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2013
    Santa Fe, NM
  19. macrumors 603


    Nov 5, 2009
    The rest of us can't afford a bunch of $200 light squares to change room mood. Also, we can agree to disagree on the level of awesomeness of these devices for the current price.
  20. macrumors newbie


    Jun 18, 2013
    Do I see a "Home" Button there? Lucky lawyers looking forward to March, too... :p
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2009
    Switzerland, ZG
    well I have my flat full of hue lights. But don't see why I should get this cripple.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Jul 13, 2008
    you mean rgb led strips right?....
  23. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    This made me laugh. Treat yourself to a cookie.

    Anyways, these lights look stunning. I'll take 3. Anyone who thinks these lights are dumb is not looking at this product the right way - they're not supposed to be a practical or inexpensive way of lighting your house. They're more like a flexible (because it changes colors) piece of modern art. It's decoration - think of this as being in the same category as a vace or flowers or China or paintings or sculptures. $200 no longer seems like a crazy price.
  24. macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I agree that at $200 it is way overpriced. I have a number of Hue lightbulbs in my house, which are just great. Maybe this would sell at $100, but I don't see any significant sales volume at $200.
  25. macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2011
    Kansas City

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