A More Biological Take on Home Lighting

Today Phillips Lighting revealed its newest line of home lighting products: the Philips Hue white ambiance connected light bulbs.

Light bulbs designed to create “natural” lighting are not in themselves revolutionary; such products have been around for a while now. However, the Phillips Hue line brings “natural” lighting to a new level.

hue2These lights gradually brighten in the morning, assisting buyers in a more intuitive and natural awakening every morning. The lights are also able to dim gradually at night, helping users to adjust intuitively as bedtime rolls around. The lights could also be helpful for institutions that help people to rest like hospitals and day cares.

The lights also have a variety of settings when it comes to color. They can generate light that ranges from cool daylight to warm white, and users can choose whichever settings fit their mood by using a connected dimmer switch or even make adjustments on their smartphones or tablets using an app.

When or which bulbs produce however much of whichever color can all be determined by programmed routines throughout the day. For example, a user could program a light to act as a nightlight after dark, minimizing their exposure to sleep-cycle-degrading blue light. Come sun up, the bulbs can be set to appropriate lighting for work, reading, relaxing, energizing or unwinding.

“We’re at the start of a phenomenal shift in the industry with Philips Hue lighting system for the home,” stated Chris Worp, current leader of Philips home light business. “It enables consumers to create entirely new experiences… Philips Hue white ambiance is the ultimate white light bulb, offering the full spectrum white light to complement your daily routines, whether it’s to wake you up naturally, feel energized or fall asleep peacefully.”

Starting in Spring, these lights will be available in North America and Europe as a starter kit with two bulbs, a bridge that supports Apple HomeKit, and a Philips Hue dimmer switch.

Philips Lighting claims that its new bulbs’ ability to change in temperature throughout the day constitutes a huge leap forward in the industry of conventional lighting solutions, which traditionally offer only dimming features and some variance in adjustment of brightness.

“LEDs have opened up opportunities in lighting that weren’t available with incandescents or flourescents,” explained Fandall Whitehead, lighting designer of Randall Whitehead Lighting Solutions. “We are now able to create tunable light that varies not only in intensity but also in color temperature.”

hue3“What the Philips team has done is give us the ability to align the illumination in our homes with our circadian rhythms,” continued Whitehead. “This is the body’s response to light and darkness and what affects our wake/sleep cycle. The Hue system helps us align our interior illumination with the lighting of the natural world.”

Some believe that proper alignment of one’s activity with one’s circadian rhythm can enable a person to experience better sleep and higher peak and daily energy levels.

“The ability to adjust color temperature means this bulb could help you sleep better,” offered Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. “It adjusts gradually to wake you up, but it is also designed to help you at night,” he stated.

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