Smart Interconnect: The Future of Philips LED Lighting

In the consumer market for LED lighting, progress has been taking place. Recently, I had some conversations with Todd Manegold, Director of LED Light Product Marketing at Philips, trying to figure out the company's future plans and goals. Last year, he launched his SlimStyle light bulb. He looks like a lollipop. It was sold for $10 at the time of its launch, but now the price has dropped below $8: this is a classic case driven by economies of scale. .

Manegold said about the SlimStyle light bulb: "The premise is to reach a price point that people can accept." Since then, Philips has introduced a new LED into the market, which has the shape of a traditional light bulb, and it also adds amber The LEDs provide a warmer hue for the LEDs.

Manegold commented: "It looks like an A19 and a real incandescent lamp. People say 'if this looks like A19, then it should work like A19; if you make it look like a 60W incandescent lamp You should let it work like an incandescent lamp. 'In addition we have a 40W version and will introduce total reflection in the next few months."

With the appearance of products like incandescent lamps, the competition between Philips and Cree has become hot. The bulb has a color temperature of 2700K and is adjustable to 2200K. The power consumption of this product is 9.5W, which entered the market at a price of $9.97 in March this year. At my local Home Depot retail store, the discount is only $5. I bought a comparison with my 60W Cree light and I am very happy with its performance.

Philips has also introduced a new 60W LED equivalent bulb that is priced at $4.97 without a discount.

Manegold pointed out that he believes that the LED industry will continue to improve, there will be two development trends in the future: First, the cost of LED lights will continue to decline, the price of LED lights can be comparable to fluorescent lights within 5 years. In addition, the efficiency of the light bulb itself will continue to increase, but this also has a natural law limit. "You will not see the power suddenly drop from 10W to 1W."

More interestingly, this market is gradually assembling to connected devices. One attribute that LED lighting is also underestimated is that they can be driven by a chip, so they can be connected to a larger network for control. Philips has spent a lot of effort in this area, and its connected lighting products are Hue.

“Hue is the future of lighting. As we said last time, Hue will make lighting a part of your daily life, not just simple opening and closing. But now for us, Hue is becoming an interconnected ecosystem. The bigger part. Now we connect our products with other products. You can do a lot of functions. If you leave the room, the lights will turn off automatically. When you are home, the lights are turned on for you."

Lighting can also be part of the entertainment network, and it can be integrated with other technologies in the connected space, and you can achieve a ballroom-like colorful effect in your home. Hue can also be connected to your Nest thermostat and smoke alarm. When you leave, Nest can sense it and can send a signal to turn off the light, or turn the light on to pretend that someone is at home. If it catches fire, the controller will control the light to emit red light so that firefighters can clearly know where the fire occurred. what? To open a Party, you can connect Hue to your music player for a rhythmic lighting effect.

Philips Hue

Philips has also created an open platform that allows people to design applications for Hue, with 250 applications in place. Manegold said that the openness of the platform is great.

"Philips has a lot of patents, but when it opens these things to all the smart people, you see the community formed. Hue allows all developers to participate in cool application development."

These apps include fun (like music sync lights) and useful (the phone comes up with Hue can flash reminders.

Consumers can purchase the right application for their different needs. If consumers are more concerned about safety and convenience than building a disco karaoke room, you can purchase white light adjustments that allow you to remotely control the lights. The configuration kit costs $79.99 and each bulb requires an additional $19.99. If you really need a disco karaoke room or connect with Nest, the price will be even higher.

Philips borrowed a demo kit for me. First I set up the connection channel to connect to my router WiFi, then I downloaded the Hue app to my phone. Then I installed the bulbs on the 3rd floor office and the 1st floor kitchen. Then I used the Hue app to find them.

The light bulb upstairs was immediately connected to the system, but the downstairs did not respond. Then I found the reason: these lights are connected to each other, but the connectivity has some limitations. Then I added a light bulb on the second floor so that I could form a transit network. Then all the bulbs are connected together.

Then you can play it: I can use the Hue app to set the timing and alarm for each bulb. It also allows me to set different scenes and configure different colors in different scenes. As the finger slides, I can see the real-time changes in the light.

Philips Philips Hue


Personally, I may only apply it to parties. But this is not the key, the key LED lighting will actually be more than just lighting. It represents an interconnected platform and interaction with larger ecosystems.

The cost will continue to decline. There will be more and more usage scenarios; there will be more and more applications. At some point in the near future, lighting will go to a broader stage under the glory of the entire connected smart home.

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