• 03.28.14

Building On Its Color-Changing Bulbs, Philips Debuts 3-D Printed Smart Lamps

The company also introduced a wireless light switch powered by finger taps and a more affordable (though non-color changing) smart bulb.

Philips Hue turned the lighting world on its head when it introduced its connected color-changing light bulbs in 2012. On Friday, the company showed off three new lighting products: a smart white-only bulb, a wireless light switch, and artistic 3-D printed lamps.


As a more affordable option to its Hue bulbs, Philips released the Hue Lux, which has the same app-controlled and dimming capabilities, but doesn’t change colors. The white-only bulb is expected to go on sale in the fall for $40 each or $99 for a starter kit that includes two bulbs and a bridge that connects the lights to the Internet. In comparison, the starter pack for three color-changing Hue bulbs and a bridge retails for $200.

Thus far, Hue owners have been able to control their bulbs using an app. Giving users a familiar tactile control device, Philips debuted the Hue Tap, a wireless device that can turn on Hue bulbs and preset lighting scenes. The eco-friendly Hue Tap, which will retail for $60, is powered by kinetic energy: finger taps.

Recently named one of Fast Company‘s Most Innovative Companies in design, Philips also showed off 3-D-printed smart lamps that serve almost like functional art pieces. For this project, Philips teamed up with design teams WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass to create table and pendant luminaries, which will be available for preorder March 31 for $3,500 to $4,150. The futuristic lamps will be also be displayed at the Philips Forum at Light and Building show in Frankfurt from March 31 to April 4.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.