Philips to Sell iOS-Controlled LED Light Bulbs Exclusively Through Apple Stores

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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."
    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
  2. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    You can buy single bulbs like this with a remote for $11 online. Same basic thing with colors and different blinking modes, etc.
  3. Caliber26 macrumors 68000


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    It actually sounds like a cool thing but I'm not sure I'm ready to fork out that kinda cash for novelty lighting.
  4. Macman45 macrumors demi-god


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I priced up the non IOS variety recently in the UK they want a staggering £15 per bulb...:eek: I know they are supposed to last longer, and will certainly save money, but to replace all the halogen bulbs in my place would cost in excess of £300! I think I'll wait until the price comes down a little, and take care about overuse of the ceiling lighting!
  5. domesposito macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2012
    They're already available at the Apple Store Arrowhead in Arizona.
  6. turtlez macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
  7. SmokyD macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2007
    I wonder if I could use this to turn a lightbulb on in my head...
  8. RobertD63 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2008
    A place
    You guys all can hate, and talk about how over priced they are, but I want it. I'll pay that for lighting that can be put on a sleep timer, adjusted to a color I select from a picture or color picker. I'll take 1 kit please.
  9. honjoe macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2012
  10. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    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. :eek:
  11. cclloyd macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    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.
  12. Avatarshark macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2012
    The Digital Frontier
    i think this is going to be novelty item than seeing actual usage.
  13. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I as just about to buy some Philips regular LED bulbs: expensive at first, but low-waste and save money in the long run. I plan to replace my CFLs as they burn out.

    Now I’ll have to look at the longevity on these iOS ones, and calculate how much more they’d cost vs. what I was going to buy anyway. If the difference is low enough, then I’ll get these instead, purely for fun :)
  14. iEnvy macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2010
  15. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    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.
  16. SeniorGato1 macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2010
  17. Avatarshark macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2012
    The Digital Frontier
    i think this is going to be novelty item than seeing actual usage. unlike the meat thermometers
  18. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Good to see philips is trying new things - Hopefully this will have a good effect on my stock :)
  19. somethingelsefl macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    Welcome to the future: a modern version "The Clapper".
  20. WhoDaKat macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2006
    Thats $199 for 3 bulbs? Um, how long do these bulbs last? They'd better be forever at that cost.
  21. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    it's totally Hue-seless :rolleyes:

    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... :rolleyes:
  22. rnizlek macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2004
    Washington, DC
    Keep in mind this is LED lighting. Standard bulbs run about $20 each, but they can last decades of use.

    Please do not compare the price of this to the price of CFLs, incandescents, etc. It's apples to oranges.

    I have a few Phillips LED L-Prize bulbs and I paid about $35 each, after a rebate from my power company, but you can get typical LED bulbs for around $20-$25.

    Cool idea, but I think I can pass for now. I just don't have a need to turn lights on and off with my iPhone.
  23. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I'd totally buy this for like, 50 bucks.

    Good luck to them though.
  24. irmongoose, Oct 29, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2012

    irmongoose macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    Way ahead of you there, buddy.


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