Reggae legend Bob Marley once crooned about the romantic possibilities of turning your lights down low. Now, thanks to electronics giant Philips, modern lovers have the chance to go one step further, not just changing how brightly a room is lit, but the colour of the light. What's more, they can do it from their iPhone or iPad.
For a mere £180, homeowners will get a special three-bulb pack of Philips' energy-saving Hue LED bulbs, along with a bridge that can be connected to a home router. They can then control those bulbs using an app downloaded from Apple's App Store.
The Hue system comes with four pre-programmed settings, which adjust the shade and brightness of white light and is intended to complement the biological effects that lighting has on the body. For example, in the morning, homeowners might like to wake to a bright, pure white light; or relax in to the evening with a warm candle-like light.
Users will also be able to programme the bulbs, to suit their routines, all from their smartphone or tablet. That means they can even control their home's lighting when they're not there – handy if you've gone on holiday without setting timer switches.
“Philips Hue is a game-changer in lighting – a completely new way to experience and interact with light,” said Jeroen de Waal, head of marketing and strategy at Philips Lighting.
Ultimately, Philips plans to integrate Hue with other media, including sound and video. It is also working on geo-location services, so it could turn the lights on when the homeowner is close to their own front door.
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