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LAUNCHED this week, the latest wi-fi product available to connect into your home network, is a revolutionary, errrm, light bulb.

LAUNCHED this week, the latest wi-fi product available to connect into your home network, is a revolutionary, errrm, light bulb.

The Philips Hue can illuminate with different colours and its wireless chip dispenses with the traditional light switch and talks to phones and tablets instead. Fifty of these LED lights can be controlled by an iPhone or iPad App. A whole house could be illuminated as imaginatively and creatively as a TV studio from a single point.

These things are pricey, though. Starter packs, including three bulbs, cost £179. However, being low energy and long life, they are very economical to run. For the time being, only Apple stores will stock them but once an Android version of the App comes out in a few months, that will change.

The App will make this product. It can control lights independently of each other, turn them on and off remotely, provide programmable timing and change lighting to suit the time of day.

When it comes to colour, the App can pick shades from photos and replicate them in the bulbs. Want to recreate the hues of a favourite sunset in your bedroom, use the App to pick the blue of the sky for your ceiling lights and the deep red of the setting sun for the bedside lamp.

For the future, the App will use GPS tracking to figure out when you are nearly home and turn the lights on ready for you.

So, with clocks turned back for darker nights, here is a way to add character to your lighting without getting Christmas out of the loft early! Find out more at www.meethue.com.

 

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