The coolest one is the 3D-printed hue luminaires. In case you're not familiar, the Philips Hue is a Wi-Fi-enabled LED lighting system that allows you to control power, brightness, and color straight from your smartphone or tablet. You can also set alarms for the lights to start illuminating gradually to wake you up in the morning or dim as it draws closer to bedtime.
Philips' hue system is eye-catching, but this time Philips wants to add more style to the Hue smart-connected lightbulb line with help of 3D printing.
Co-created with design teams WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass, the 3D-printed smart luminaires incorporate hue bulbs with 3D-printed shapes to produce what can be called light sculptures. Made in both pendant and table styles, the lamps are fully compatible with the hue ecosystem.
The Entity lamps are inspired by images from nature. The pendant lamp acts as two shells that encapsulate the Philips hue light source, generating stunning artistic effects. "We liked the idea of using the geometry seen in the eyes of crustaceans and insects then reversing them so they become light emitting cells rather than light gathering cells," explains WertelOberfell designer Jan Wertel.
"3D printing provides more freedom, control and even personalization when designing lighting products." Wertel says.