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Philips Hue Wi-Fi Light Bulbs Ready to Light up Your Life

by Paul Strauss
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It looks like the upstart LIFX, wi-fi lighting system is about to get some big competition forum a big company. Philips has just announced their new Hue lighting system.

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These high-tech lights can be controlled using your iOS devices using a companion app. Simply screw them into your standard light socket and connect them to your wi-fi network. Lights can be controlled to automatically turn on and off at preset times, and you can set up different zones for each room of your house. You can even create presets which gradually turn on the lights when you wake up in the morning, or shut off if you fall asleep with the lights on.

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The energy-efficient 600 lumen LED bulbs can not only output as much white light as a 50-watt bulb, but in a wide variety of colors too. You can even paint visual palettes based on your own personal lighting preferences, and sampling colors from photographs.

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With its companion app, you’ll be able to do everything from tweak colors and brightness to just that right shade for optimal reading, or to turn your house into a veritable party for the eyes.

Hue lamps will be available exclusively from the Apple Store starting on October 30th, so you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on them. A starter kit with three Hue bulbs, along with the wireless bridge device and all necessary software will run you $199 (USD). Additional bulbs sell for $59 each. While that may seem like a lot to spend on light bulbs, these will last for many years, and can do things no ordinary bulb can.

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