Philips hue | from US$199.95 | www.philips.com
flipping a light switch is a task that we don’t need our brain to process. it as simple as this: you need lights, you walk to the switch and flip it and that’s it. however, the Philips hue Smart LED Bulb is going to change the way how we are going to light up and the good news is, it is happening right now. so what exactly is Philips hue? it is a wireless bulb that you can control with your smartphone or tablet via a bridge hooked up to your home WiFi router. dubbed as the “world’s smartest web-enabled LED home lighting system”, the hue heralds a new era in home lighting solution and offers a whole new experience to lighting up your humble pad. via a hue app on your smartphone or tablet, users can remotely control your home lighting even when they are away, personalized their home lighting experience with custom setting such as the color, fine tune the color, brightness, and set timers to on and/or off them. it is programmable to your schedules and its upgradable, making it future-proof. if Kevin McCallister had this technology when he was Home Alone he wouldn’t have to run around flipping switches. anyway, flipping the switch might just be the thing of the past – just make sure that your smart devices are always juiced. to kickstart your remote lighting experience, all you have to do is to purchase the starter pack ($199.95) that includes three hue light bulbs (600 lumen each), a hue bridge and power adapter, and a LAN cable for linking the bridge to your router. the starter pack can be further expand to accommodate up to 50 individual hue bulbs which can be purchased individual for $59.95 a pop.