Philips has been slowly adding various bulbs to its Hue lineup over the last several months, bringing even more smartphone-controlled lighting scenarios to users. The entire concept of Hue is freakin' awesome as it is – lights that can change to any color or, um, hue on the fly – so any addition to the family is really just the icing on the cake.
Today, the company is announcing three new products to its hue line: 3D-printed luminaries, lux, and tap. The names aren't all that explanatory, here's a breakdown of each.
- 3D-printed luminaries: These are essentially decorative lights with hue-compatibility, so they look good aesthetically, and have the power of a hue bulb. Nice.
- Lux ($100 kit with two bulbs and a bridge; $40 single bulb): This is basically a normal hue bulb, but instead of covering the gamut of colors, it's just dimmable white. Perfect for those who don't want all the bells and whistles of a normal hue bulb.
- Tap ($60): This little gizmo is essentially a light switch for hue. Instead of using the app to control the lights, just tap... Tap. Yep. The coolest thing, though, is that it's completely powered through taps using kinetic energy – no batteries, charging, or wires. Can I get that on my smartphone, please?
Lux and Tap
It looks like the luminaries will be available for pre-order on March 31st at the hue website, but there are no exact release dates for the other two – only that they'll be available "this summer."
For more info on the hue family, check out the official site.