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Philips Hue smart lights make friends with strippers and table dancers

Strip-lights, table-lamps and a Disney lamp are the first ‘Friends of Hue’ in an expansion of Philips’ smart lighting that also adds more features through the Hue smartphone app.

The Philips LivingColours Bloom is a compact, portable table-top LED lamp, with a range of 16 million colours, up to 120 lumens output and 8W power consumption, priced £66.

LightStrips are two-metre long self-adhesive flexible strips of LEDs with a 16-million colour range and 12W consumption, which can be cut to size and run along any surface, although the UK price has yet to be announced.

Read Recombu Digital’s reports on the Smart Home and Smart LightingThe Disney Imaginative Lighting StoryLight, a Philips Hue bulb in a Mickey Mouse-shaped body, has also been integrated with an interactive iPad ebook to change colours along with the story.

Sridhar Kumaraswamy, general manager of Philips Consumer Luminaires EMEA, said: “At Philips our core focus has always been to improve people’s lives through meaningful innovation and we believe we have done just that by expanding the infinite possibilities of Hue through Friends of Hue. 

“Adding color to a home doesn’t need to just be about art and paint, the flexibility of smart LED technology means light can play just as big a part in creating a unique atmosphere in the home that is flexible and personalized to you…and this is just the beginning.”

Philips Hue smart lights make friends with strippers and table dancers
Philips Friends of Hue LivingColor Bloom and LightStrip in action

The Friends of Hue connect to your home network via the Philips Hue Bridge included in the Hue starter pack, and go on sale tomorrow (August 8).

They support new features in the Hue 1.1 app for iOS and Android, including the internet automating service ITTT (standing for If This, Then That), which lets you set them to change colour or brightness in response to events such as sunset, your arrival home, music, or alarms.

The Hue range can also be synced with Philips Ambilight TVs, which are fitted with LEDs that project light back from the TV, changing colour to complement what’s on the screen.

Find out what we thought of the original Philips Hue starter pack in our review. We’re looking forward to a test drive of its friends.

Philips Hue smart lights make friends with strippers and table dancers
The complete Philips Hue range

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