Philip's 'smart' lightbulbs hit Australia

Networked lighting system sold through Apple

Australians will be able to purchase Philips Hue - a colour-changing, wirelessly controlled lighting system – from today.

The system uses a combination of one or more lightbulbs and a bridge that plugs into a Wi-Fi router. Users can employ an iOS or Android app or a Web interface to then control the bulbs. The system lets users select the colour and intensity of the LED lightglobes, which fit into standard light sockets.

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The bulbs use the low-power ZigBee Light Link standard. Up to 50 bulbs can be linked to a single bridge.

The Hue app can also use the lightbulbs as an alert system, responding to events such as receiving a message through a social network or a weather forecast. Third party developers can also extend the Hue app to add new features.

The Philips Hue lighting system is sold by Apple in Australia. A starter pack of the bridge and three bulbs costs $249.95. A single bulb retails for $69.95.

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