Inside Innovation - hue

February 13, 2014

Forget having just one light bulb moment. The team behind Philips hue had dozens on their journey to creating one of the company’s most talked about recent innovations. Developing the smart connected lighting system that allows people play with tone, brightness and color to create any mood they can think of took determination and lateral thinking, as well as crucial insights from some key partners. Today, hue continues to evolve and improve thanks to the team’s bold decision to allow programming enthusiasts to dream up new apps of their own. It’s hard to imagine that it all started with one man’s side project and a simple app.


Read the Backgrounder for the full story about Philips hue.



“I wondered what would happen if I took the lamp, which uses a static color wheel on its remote control, and made a much more dynamic display on a smartphone.”
Pei-Yin Chao, Interaction Designer at Philips


“The world has been talking about the idea of a connected home for a while, but this is it. The more partners we work with the better, so we can start making the connected home a reality for more people.”
George Yianni, Technology Specialist at Philips Lighting




“Just because we can connect lights to the internet, why would we? The answer – and the essence of hue – is personalization. It gives people control and allows them to find the best use on their own.”
“With a system like this, which is so new and disruptive – so quite unfamiliar to people – we needed to give it a great personality.”

Filip Jan Depauw, Marketing and Business Development Director at Philips Lighting


Further information on Philips hue 

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Information about the product:

Jeannet Harpe
Philips Lighting

Information about the innovation behind the product:

Liesbeth De Smedt
Design & Innovation Communications

Video ‘The birth of hue’