Philips Lighting last week unveiled its Philips Hue white ambiance connected light bulbs, which are designed to feature more natural light. The bulbs can gradually brighten in the morning to help users wake up naturally, while at night they can dim to help ease users to sleep.
The new Philips lighting system aligns illumination in our homes with our circadian rhythms — the body's so called ‘biological clock’ which responds to light and darkness and affects our wake/sleep cycle. Studies have suggested that exposure to certain light at certain wavelengths can impair sleep patterns by throwing the body's biological clock out of order.
They also deliver a color temperature range — from cool daylight (6,500K) to warm white (2,200K) — that can be adjusted via a connected dimmer switch or through an app on a smartphone or tablet. The company added that the LED bulbs can be programmed with routines throughout the day. A nightlight minimizes exposure to blue light, which can disturb sleep cycles. During the day, the light can be adjusted for work, reading, relaxing, to get energized or to unwind.
"We're at the start of a phenomenal shift in the industry with Philips Hue lighting system for the home. It is the ultimate white light bulb, offering the full spectrum white light to complement your daily routines, whether it's to wake you up naturally, feel energized or fall asleep peacefully," said Chris Worp, leader of Philips home light business.
The Philips Hue ambient lights are designed to work with other apps, products and platforms, including the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Cam, Nest Protect and other smart home devices such as the Amazon Alexa.