The Bloom Lamp
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  • Last modified: Nov 10, 2013

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PROS: Beautiful design. Powerful iOS app, able of fine-tuning each aspect. CONS: Very expensive. Can only be used as decorative lightning.

Back in April, we wrote about Philips’ Hue lightning system which is made to be controlled by your iOS device. This is one of those very interesting high-tech products, which can be incredibly useful, at least for those who are willing to spend $200 on its Starter Pack, which comes with three Hue bulbs. In case you really want to get the most out of this system, you’ll probably need to purchase additional bulbs which are priced at $60 each, so this lightning system can become a very serious investment.

In order to make the Hue system more appealing, Philips decided to introduce two new products which are made to be complementary to the basic Hue system. This means that these can’t be used as standalone products, because they need to be paired with the existing wireless bridge which comes with the Starter Pack.

Bloom Lamp 1

In this article you’ll get a chance to find out more about the Philips’ Bloom lamp, which comes as a part of Friends of Hue product line. In contrast to Hue bulb which can function as a traditional bulb placed in a lightning fixture, the Bloom is made to be used on its own. On the other hand, the Bloom can be only used as accent or decorative light, and comes with ability to show one of 16 million color tones.

As I’ve said in the previous paragraph, the Bloom is created to serve as a decorative light. It brings only 120-lumen output, which should tell you about its complementary nature. Besides this, it comes with the soft plastic lens which diffuses the light, so it shows warm and soft colors.

In order to use the Bloom, you’ll need to open up Philips’ iOS app used to set-up the Hue system. This application is free to download and use, and all you have to do is to pair the new product which will become immediately available for control. Just like with the Hue system, you can use its iOS app to control every single aspect of this light, including the brightness and colors. You’ll be able to swipe across the color wheel to choose the right tone, and there are plenty to choose from.

The Hue’s iOS app can be used to set-up mood and ambience, so you can create several moods and make them appear throughout the day by specifically setting the time. The Bloom lamp can work as a standalone product, but with Hue’s iOS app you can fine-tune the lightning in your house, and regain the complete control. I also need to say about one of the novelties when it comes to this app, and that’s IFTTT support. Simply said, these are scripts used to expand functionality of the Hue system, so the Bloom can change the color once you receive a new e-mail, for example. Another interesting example of IFTTT scripts would be automatic color change according to a current weather conditions. There are over 400 scripts available at the moment, so you can spend a lot of time playing around and adjusting the settings.

When it comes to Philips’ Hue system, it’s made to impress. In order to use it, be prepared to spend a lot of money, and with the Friends of Hue lineup, the final price is even higher than before.


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