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Introducing Philips Hue tap control: the world’s first kinetic-powered, web-enabled light switch

March 28, 2014

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, today announces a world’s first: Philips Hue tap, a clever little switch which makes controlling your favorite hue light scenes even easier. Being kinetic-powered no batteries are needed.

 

Reinventing the light switch
Philips Hue tap control is as smart as the Philips Hue bulbs it controls, and just as easy to use. For moments when you prefer not to use your smart device to turn the lights on, such as when your phone is charging or the kids are playing with your tablet, simply tap! Also, you can extend your app into the physical world by putting your favorite scene creations from the Hue app or groups of lights onto the four buttons of Hue tap. Simply cycle to the one you want, in an instant.

 

Zero power consumption, zero wires
Philips Hue tap needs no batteries as it operates using kinetic energy – simply through taps from your finger. As a result, it has a remarkable zero watts of power consumption and needs no mains power source. Meaning it’s not only smarter, but greener and hassle free.

 

“Hue tap is the perfect solution for users who want to control their personal wireless lighting with yet more convenience,” remarks Filip Jan Depauw, Senior Director, Philips Lighting. “It is more than just a modern take on the wall switch – it combines easy-to-use traditional lighting control with the smart, intuitive, fun world of Philips Hue.”

 

Philips Hue tap control requires the hue bridge found with all starter kits for Philips Hue and Friends of Hue products. Hue tap is available after summer in North America and Europe at selected retail outlets for US $59.95 / €59.95 (RRP).

 

Note to editors:

 

Philips Hue

Philips Hue is a personal wireless lighting system for homes that brings endless possibilities for you to get creative with light and personalize it to suit your lifestyle. Hue’s pre-set light recipes can help you relax, read, concentrate or energize with the optimum tone of white light. Or for a little extra ambience, use Hue’s color picker to create scenes with up to 16 million different colors, save them and share them online with the Hue community.

For further information, please contact:

Jeannet Harpe
Philips Lighting External Communications
Tel: +31 6 53 722221
E-mail: jeannet.harpe@philips.com

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About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 115,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter

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