Philips' hue tap battery-free switch for hue wireless bulbs has gone on sale, offering an app-free way to quickly control groups of lights between a set of favorite presets. The circular switch was announced back in March as a way for those with hue installed to avoid pulling their smartphone or tablet out.
Cree has outed its latest LED bulb, and it's embracing the 3-Way in the process, with a trio of light settings to adjust the brightness. The new bulb is switchable between 30W, 60W, and 100W traditional incandescent bulb equivalents, despite using a quoted 90-percent less power.
It may look like a strange plastic mushroom, but this is actually Philips' latest low-power bulb, the SlimStyle BR30, aiming to cut power consumption for domestic floodlights as well as make them less bulky. Following in the footsteps of the flattened SlimStyle bulb launched earlier this year, the SlimStyle BR30 ditches the heatsink most LED lighting demands.
If you’ve ever been wanting for light when snapping a pic or taking video, Raglite is here to make life easier for you. The lighting system, which offers a flexible LED bank of lights, can offer lighting in any situation, whether it be for media or not. Currently on Kickstarter, the Raglite has a ton of useful applications.
Philips has boosted its Ambilight LED backing light system for more immersive TVs, with the 2014 upgrade improving color-changing response speed as well as offering contextual information through lighting. The tech, which will be loaded on the 2014 Philips Ambilight TVs, includes a gaming mode that allows the colors to keep pace with faster gameplay, where before it had been tuned for a more leisurely response.
A mixture of regulations and increased energy costs have prodded many consumers towards LED and compact fluorescent bulbs, the former of which in particular comes with a (relatively speaking) high price tag. One startup, the Finally Light Bulb Company, aims to toss another option into the mix: the "acandescent" bulb.
Philips' low-cost SlimStyle LED lightbulb will be offered as low as $1.97 after getting ENERGY STAR certification and thus qualifying for rebates from select energy companies across the US. The 60W-equivalent flattened bulb, announced back in December, is currently around $8.97, but that could be reduced considerably depending on where they are in the US.
LED bulbs are already more efficient than their incandescent forebears, more flexible, and longer running, but is the absence of that familiar old clear design still holding them back? Philips apparently suspects that's the case, hence the new Philips Clear LED, a 40W-equivalent bulb that looks to the casual glance just like a regular, old-fashioned light.
Philips' hue system of smart home lighting is already pretty eye-catching when it cycles through colors, but the company is turning to 3D printing to make things even more dramatic. The new Philips 3D-printed smart luminaires will be available in table-lamp and pendant versions, and combine the color changing that hue is known for with unique designs from WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass.
Philips' hue lighting system is gaining two new components, a hue lux remote-control white bulb, and hue tap, a wireless wall switch for easy control that demands no batteries or wiring. hue lux works on the same ZigBee low-power wireless system that the original color-changing hue bulbs use, but changes through white light only instead. However, it's Philips hue tap that we think might be more exciting, both to existing hue fans and to home automation users in general.