Philips' bright idea: an app-controlled lightbulb
A NEW lightbulb has gone on sale that allows iPhone users to switch their lights off and on from anywhere in the world to deter burglars.
The bulbs can be controlled via the handset to change colour and brightness. The Philips Hue lightbulbs, which cost £179 (€222) for a starter pack of three bulbs, including connection equipment, screw into existing sockets and use 20pc of the energy conventional bulbs use.
Philips claims that with the new 50W LED bulbs people can remotely turn on lights or save settings so lights come on automatically, giving the impression that somebody is at home.
The bulbs will be exclusive to Apple Stores and Philips says users can "tune shades of white light or create any colour".
The manufacturer has developed lighting themes, called "LightRecipes", for the bulbs, which it says will help users to adjust their lighting to create a required atmosphere.
The company hopes that software developers will create their own apps for the Hue bulbs. (© Daily Telegraph, London)