In pictures: the Philips Hue light bulb

Philips' Wi-Fi LED light bulb comes to Australia

  • The Philips Hue is one of a new breed of light globes. It's built around a high-efficiency LED light, with a cluster used to equal the output of a traditional 50-Watt incandescent light globe. It's also got built-in Wi-Fi, which you can use to turn the lights on and off remotely, and change the colour of the Hue's light output. This is the Philips Hue introduction pack, which has three globes and the ZigBee Wi-Fi switch that lets you control the globes with your smartphone or tablet on a Wi-Fi network. You can read more about the Hue [[xref:|here]].

  • This is the front of the Hue starter pack -- you can actually move the colour wheel on the box's front, changing the hue of the light globe. Very cool.

  • Each Philips Hue light globe is rated at 600 lumens -- roughly equivalent to a 50-Watt incandescent light globe. As you can see, they are as efficient as possible, at least on the Cyprus Energy Agency's scale...

  • Inside the Hue introductory kit, you can see the hockey puck-shaped Wi-Fi switch, and the three Philips Hue globes.

  • The inside of the kit also gives you a bit of info on the globes, and tells you where to go to learn more if you want to.

  • This is everything you get inside the Philips Hue starter kit -- three globes, the Wi-Fi puck, an Ethernet cable to hook the puck up to your home's router, and a power plug for said puck.

  • The three Philips globes in formation. They're quite long compared to an incandescent globe, but they're around the same length as a twirly-glass compact fluorescent light.

  • The Hue uses screw fittings for its globes, so bayonet fittings won't work. The size is 'E27', which is a common household fitting for room lighting and larger lamps.

  • Here's the Philips Hue 'ZigBee' Wi-Fi switch. It connects to the Hue globes on its own part of the Wi-Fi spectrum, so it won't interfere with your existing home network.

  • A closer look at the ZigBee switch's button and status lights. You can read more about the Hue [[xref:|here]].

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