If you’re a fan of Philips Hue, you need to check out the revamped Bloom lamp. This new release is fully integrated with Hue and works great as an accent light. Check out my video review and demo above.
It’s important to note that you’re going to need the Philips Hue starter kit in order to use the Bloom lamp. If you haven’t seen my video on the starter kit, you can check it out here. The new Bloom lamp connects to the Hue’s base station or “bridge” allowing you to control it over Wi-Fi, 3G, or LTE using an iOS or Android device.
The Bloom is very saturated and puts out a good amount of light (120 lumen). It’s also plug-and-play, so you’ll be able to freely move it around in your house without having to set it up each time. Simply plug it in and you’re good to go. Of course, you’ll need to initially set it up within the Hue app when you first use the lamp, but after that, it’s a breeze to use and works great.
I’m in love with the Hue system. Not only do these lights cut down your energy usage, they are perfect for setting just about any mood. And with IFTTT integration, you can really make them do some cool things. Check out my video overview/demo above and let me know what you think about the Bloom lamp.
Currently, the Philips “Friends Of Hue” Bloom Lamp is only available in Apple Stores. you can pick it up for $79.95, but I assume, much like the Hue starter kit, this lighting fixture will eventually make its way to other retailers like Amazon. For more information on the starter kit, check out my video overview or view pricing and availability here on Amazon.[xrr rating=5/5]