Philips has unveiled a new lineup of remotely-controlled lamps, the Hue Phoenix. This new range of white ambience connected lamps will allow users to create the right lighting for various moments while at home. From helping to create a cozy atmosphere in the evening to providing a pick-me-up before heading to the gym, the Philips Hue Phoenix gives users access to a full spectrum of white light, all at the swipe of a finger.
“White light is fundamental to the home, it is used in every room, every day,” explained Leonardo Avezzano, Product Marketing Director of Philips Hue. “We have used our knowledge of the biological effect of light on people, like regulating our circadian rhythm and bodily processes like sleep, and put this into Philips Hue Phoenix. The proven light recipes¹ can help you feel energized in the morning, more concentrated on work during the day and relaxed at night.”
With Philips Hue Phoenix, users can instantly adapt the light to go from warm white light to create a calm atmosphere in their home to crisp white light, helping them focus on a task at hand. Through the Philips Hue app, Phoenix can access pre-set white light recipes that can improve concentration, enhance reading, spur relaxation and send positive vibes, as well as open up an array over 200 third party apps.
Unlocking the full spectrum of white light makes Philips Hue Phoenix ideal for any space in the smart home of the future, particularly spaces that are used in a number of ways. Five different styles will be offered, including a stylish table light that is ideal for a study area, a wall light that is perfect for awaking in the morning, down lights that are well-suited for a hallway, a pendant light that would look stellar hanging above a dining table, and a ceiling light that works seamlessly in a living room.
“Its unique look also adds a designer’s touch to your home. The small hexagonal cells that make up the outer shell sparkle and reflect light, effortlessly diffusing it across a room. They also change appearance each time they’re seen from a different angle, turning Philips Hue Phoenix into a ‘live’ object that delivers an explosion of white light,” Philips adds.
If you recall last year, the company debuted a collection of 3D-printed smart luminaries that came in both table-lamp and pendant versions, and combined the color-changing effects offered with all Hue lights. Users could remotely control elements such as brightness, color tone, and whether the luminaires react just to the app or get hooked up to online services like IFTTT or home automation kit like SmartThings. However, unlike the 3D-printed accessories, the Hue Phoenix lamps won’t change colors. Instead, users will be able to experience a plethora of white tones, from cool through to warm.
With access to all the connectivity features of Philips Hue, the Phoenix delivers more than just high quality white light. As it’s connected, it can help with safety and security even when someone is away from home through programming the lights to switch on in the evening and off again at bedtime. Users can also set-up discreet alerts for new emails or change in weather via a gentle ‘light notification’ for every connected light.
Current owners of Hue products will take comfort in knowing that the newly-revealed system works seamlessly with all other Philips Hue and Friends of Hue products, thereby enabling simple integration into an existing network. Interested in adding one of the five unique pieces to your home? Phoenix will launch in Europe sometime in April 2015, while North America shortly thereafter in May 2015.