Philips Hue: LED Lightbulb Shines in 16 Million Colors

While much of the tech wars press coverage goes to phones and tablets, look over there, guys! There’s a pretty intense skirmish breaking out in the light bulb theater! Yes, I said light bulbs.  All of a sudden, these ancient inventions are being infused with millions of colors, Wi-Fi, and nacho dispensers (coming soon I bet). The Philips Hue is being billed as “the world’s first Web-enabled LED home lighting system,” though this bulb we covered last month might have a beef with that. Regardless, the Hue is a pretty special LED, capable of producing nearly every color of light in the spectrum. Working in concert with an iOS device (only), you can program the Hue to fade off or on to any color at any time. For now, you can only get the Hue starter kit at Apple stores for $199.

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  1. The range of colors the HUE has in reality is very disappointing. I bought the starter kit and 2 extra bulbs and after two days of playing with it, it’s going back to the store.

    I expected to hit virtually any color in the spectrum… I quickly realized these bulbs aren’t that capable. You can hit a few shades of blue, but the majority of them looks like cool white. As for green, there’s only a couple of light shades, all others look like a shade of white. The bulb is not capable of hitting the color of say, a leaf. It’s also not capable of hitting the color of the sky. This truth holds up with most of the colors (no deep purple, no rich orange, no bright yellow, etc…) There are basically many shades of white, some shades of pink, some of yellow, red, pink and blue. 16 million colors? HARDLY.

    Color me disappointed.

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