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Trying to find a way to introduce someone to the internet and the digital world when it’s foreign to them (and they don’t like computers) is tough. But you can make that task easier by picking the right hardware.
We love Philips Hue bulbs here, but the company needs to sell more than bulbs that last forever. So, now the company is expanding into expensive (if attractive) lighting fixtures with a ton of new announcements.
We’ve already seen a bit of Philips’ new lights when the company accidentally announced its outdoor lightstrips last month. Now we know how much those light strips will cost: $90 for the 7-foot model, and $160 for the 16-foot model. That’s roughly in line with the indoor model, which costs $90 for slightly less than 7 feet, plus $30 for every 40-inch extension. The weather proofing makes for a nice addition without adding much extra cost.
Beyond what we already knew, the company is also launching a series of light fixtures and accessories. The Ascend collection will include a wall light for $99, a table lamp for $129, a pendant hanging light for $149, and a standing floor light for $179. Each of these will ship with either Philip’s E12 or A19 bulb.
There’s also the Adore collection which sounds like the perfect smart light series for Narcissus. This series brings Philips Hue’s smart light magic to the bathroom with a lighted vanity mirror for $249 that can display a range of white lights, which is more than just a nice-to-have if you need to make sure you look your best in the morning. The company is also launching a bathroom ceiling light for $179.
The company is also launching the Enchant pendant light for $99 which uses an E26 bulb and hangs from your ceiling and launches on August 20th. Finally, there’s a ceiling light called the Being Pendant for $249 which can light up in various shades of white and, unlike many of the other fixtures, doesn’t come with any bulb. If the LEDs in this light ever go out, you’ll have to replace the entire unit. That’s a pricey proposition for such an expensive unit.
That last bit is a little worrying. While LED bulbs last a really, really long time, they can still break eventually. No one’s eager to replace their expensive Philips Hue bulbs, but it’s easier to replace a bulb than an entire light fixture. It’s natural for Philips to expand to light fixtures now that they have a robust lineup of bulbs, but we’re hoping there won’t be too strong of a push towards light fixtures without replaceable bulbs.
You can check out more photos of the new Philips Hue fixtures at The Verge’s post below.
Source: The Verge
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