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A Lamp of Many Hues While LED lamps are becoming more common, few products are really taking advantage of the innate programing and control advantages digital lighting offers. Philips’ new “hue” lamp is a first step toward that end, giving users the ability to tune white light from warm to cool, or change the emitted light’s color entirely, using a smartphone or tablet app and a standard Wi-Fi connection. Yes, now there’s an app for your living room end-table lamp or your kitchen ceiling fixture. The 600-lumen hue lamp—equivalent to a 50-watt incandescent—features a color rendering index of 91 at 2700K. But users can change color and brightness of each lamp individually using their Apple or Android smart phone or tablet. Lamps incorporate 11 LEDs in blue, red-orange and


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lime green, so they can create almost as many colors as one could find in a Pantone color pack. The lime-colored LEDs are expected to produce greater

An aluminum art structure incorporating a new LED string product turned

efficiencies. Operations also can be programed over a period of time, so

the heads of visitors to an international transportation exhibition this past

a bedside lamp could be instructed to brighten gradually as a wake-up

September. The installation, designed by Ambion GmbH from Kassel, Ger-

alternative to a buzzing clock radio. Communications are based on the

many, succeeded in attracting crowds of visitors to the booth of transporta-

ZigBee Alliance protocol, which is becoming ubiquitous in home automation

tion leader Bombardier, with its imagery of train traffic across the globe.

networks. Philips is selling $199 starter packs exclusively through Apple

The VC-Dot 1 LED strings from Martin Professional comprise more than

retail stores that include three A-line lamps and a bridge that plugs into

2,000 individually controllable pixel dots. The product can be specified with

an existing wireless router. Additional lamps retail for $59. The company is

one, four or nine LEDs per pixel and can be ordered in either an RGB color-

looking into adding BU 30 and GR 10 style products to the lineup.•

mixing version or cool, medium or warm white single-color version.•


Architectural SSL - January 2013  

Chronicling the Advancement of LED and Solid-State Lighting in the Built Environment.

Architectural SSL - January 2013  

Chronicling the Advancement of LED and Solid-State Lighting in the Built Environment.