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Philips TV matches your lighting to the picture

Philips TV matches your lighting to the picture

Thursday 11 July 2013

Your home's lighting can now automatically match the mood of what's on your TV, Philips has revealed.

Philips' Elevation TV is the first to combine Philips 'Hue' internet-connected lightbulbs with 'Ambilight' technology, which projects light from the edge of a TV screen.

First launched in 2004, Ambilight is now designed to bathe the whole of your living room in corresponding light to that which is shown onscreen.

Philips claim the additional light already makes the TV screen appear wider, making the viewing experience "more immersive". The new set also allows compatible lights around the television to be added to the system by inputting their serial number. Lamps, overhead lighting and other light sources can echo the same lighting as around the TV, extending the experience to the entire room.

The feature can apparently reduce eye strain from watching TV in a darkened room. Pupils are forced to dilate or contract rapidly as the images on the screen change.

Individual Philips Hue lightbulbs can be purchased for other light fittings in the room, connecting wirelessly to its own ethernet-connected hub, and to each other.

Like the Elevation TV, they can be controlled from the a smartphone, and can change colour to match with the music you're playing at the time.

Whilst innovative, the Hue bulbs have been criticised for their price, starting at £179 for a three bulb starter pack and £50 per additional bulb.

The level of light emitted can be controlled via an Ambilight+hue app available for Android and iOS based smart devices, with users able to set alarms for the lights to automatically turn on or off as you come home.

The new 60" model will be available for £2,800 in the UK from September.


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  • Josh Smith
    20 Jan 2021

    Hello. This is an article from 2013.

    Serious Readers reply:

    Yes. Indeed you are correct. This article was written and published in 2013.

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