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You Can Use Philips' First Rechargeable Hue Light Anywhere You Want

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Philips’ Hue line of bulbs and other smartphone-controlled lighting accessories have been some of the more popular and successful home automation products of the past few years. They’re easy to setup, easy to customize, and now easy to use anywhere you need thanks to the new Philips Hue Go—which is powered by a rechargeable battery.

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Like the bulbs and other fixtures in the Hue line, the Go will work indefinitely while it’s plugged into a power outlet. But after about an hour-and-a-half it will be fully charged and can then be freed from its tether and will continue to glow for about three hours. You don’t even need to ensure the Hue Go is still within range of your home’s Wi-Fi network because while it can be controlled using whatever Hue mobile app you prefer, it also has its own control buttons for turning it on or off, or adjusting the spectrum of colors it cycles through.

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Available sometime in late May or early June, the Philips Hue Go will sell for $100 which some might see as a little expensive for what might appear to be just a color-changing flashlight. But when connected to a Hue system on your home’s Wi-Fi network the Go can be everything from ambient mood lighting that matches whatever you’re watching on TV, to a remote email notifier letting you know a new message has arrived as it changes color. And yes, it can even be a flashlight—albeit one that can pass as a stylish centerpiece. [Philips Hue]

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Installed the Philips Hue line into two of our newest exec boardrooms in Singapore and Malaysia. Hue Pro and Pro Tasker, (Android apps), fine tune the manipulation of the enhanced lights. In our case, we have two rows of mechanically controlled mini drop-downs, each bulb output (and hue) individually managed by the apps.

The unique colors and mood enhancing qualities are anything you want them to be. Diamond bright to moody light rose are the colors we use most. The color change and flow can be nearly imperceptible creating psychologically persuasive moments. We designed it that way. You do the math.

Build quality and efficiency of the Hue Lighting line are very impressive and we have not had to replace a bulb yet (good, they aren’t cheap).

If these rechargeables reflect the quality of the rest of the Hue products, this is going to be a big big winner for Philips.

Imagine. Dark places, rosy dusk colored light, big shadows...

Yeah I know, you already thought about that.