Fancy lighting effects and wireless lighting controls don't need to be limited to the homes of the rich and famous; now there's a way to add this touch of luminous style to any household, with the help of a nifty app. Philips' hue is a wireless LED lighting system that enables users to control their light settings online or via a mobile or tablet application. The Philips hue API also enables developers to integrate this functionality with other applications.
The Philips hue system works in three parts:
- A wireless light bulb with LED technology that can display different tones of white light – from warm yellow white to vibrant blue white.
- A bridge that can be connected to a wireless router, thereby connecting the bulbs to the smartphone app.
- A smartphone app that acts as a controller.
The app has a timer option that allows users to arrange for lights to go on and off at certain times, or to set a morning wake-up call where the lights gradually brighten from dim to light, creating a more natural way to break sleep. Users can also drag a colour picker tool across an image to get the lights to mimic the tones and atmosphere within that image. In addition, the Light Recipes settings enable a user to change the lighting for specific needs, activating settings that help to create the right atmosphere for relaxing, energising, concentrating or reading.
Philips hue provides a RESTful API that allows developers to easily access this functionality and use it to make new apps, websites and digital installations. Some example API methods include managing lights and light attributes, managing light schedules and configuring lights and accounts. Further information is available on the website.