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Sunday, July 14, 2013

New Music Gear Monday: Hue Studio Lighting

When we talk about the networked studio, we usually don't think about lighting, but that's exactly what happens with Philips's Hue LED light bulbs. Not only can they be controlled via an iPhone app, but the color can be changed to just about anything you can think of as well, including one that's been scientifically designed to help you concentrate (perfect for mixing).

Now these things aren't cheap at $199 for 3 bulbs and a wireless base station starter pack, but when you consider all that they do, they can be a worthy investment for any home studio.

One of the cool things is that the days of the big expensive studio rheostats to dim the lights will soon be over as the world turns to these new programmable LEDs.

A shout out to my bud Rich Tozzoli for turning me on to these via his column in Pro Sound News!


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sculley said...

I've had these for six months and I love them. The app recently received a much needed upgrade and still has some minor issues, but overall, I love them.

Anonymous said...

Hue looks like a good idea. Too bad Philips thinks the entire world uses only iPhone or iPad. There are more Droid devices than iPhones out there.

Doug Wack said...

These look awesome, but I would also like for it to work with droid devices.

Bobby Owsinski said...

They also have an Android app. There's a link on the Hue site.

Anonymous said...

Has anybody experienced any EMI/RFI problems with these in their studios? I'm researching lights for my studio project and hear that some LED drivers are problematic.

Bobby Owsinski said...

No problems here, although one of my bulbs did lose contact with the base station.


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