updated 07:50 am EST, Tue November 5, 2013
Hue BR30 offers 630 lumens of light, larger size
Philips has added to its range of app-controlled light bulbs by introducing two new intelligent light sources. The Hue BR30 Downlights are designed to be used as spotlights and to highlight individual features, while a partnership with Disney has led to the StoryLight, which alters ambient lighting when used with a corresponding ebook app.
The Hue BR30 Downlights, available in a three-bulb starter pack with the Hue Bridge according to The Next Web, offers similar smartphone-based controls to earlier models. Larger than the original, the BR30s offer an improved 630 lumens per bulb, and a lengthy 15,000-hour life span per bulb.
The StoryLight is meant to act as a nightlight for children, one which can automatically change color when specific points are reached in a compatible Disney app, such as dimming when the ebook describes a dark area like a cave.
The Hue BR30 is available from today, and will cost $59 per bulb or $199 for a three-bulb pack with a Hue Bridge for connecting to the home network. The Disney StoryLight has yet to be launched.