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Philips’ Simplicity: The Wake Up Light

Philips is really rocking me lately.  They keep producing sleek, beautiful luminaires that have obviously been given some UX and usability thought and consideration.  The LivingColor lamp, the Light Blossom, the Philips LED sources – they are creating some very beautiful and usable pieces.  One that I just discovered – the Wake Up Light – is no different.

From the Philips press release about the Wake Up Light:

The Philips Wake-up Light is designed to gently wake the body the way nature intended – with light. From half an hour before your required wake-up time, the Philips Wake-up Light starts emitting light which gradually increases in intensity, simulating the rising sun in your bedroom. Your body will be gently prepared to wake-up so you feel refreshed and more alert when you finally open your eyes. In a survey eight out of ten users found the product easy to use, as its intuitive design means the product takes only a few minutes to set up on first use.

To make the experience even more pleasant the Wake-up Light incorporates three natural sounds to help you Wake-up in harmony. Choose from birds in the forest, sounds of the African jungle, soft chimes in the wind, a friendly beep or your favourite radio station for the ideal waking experience.  The new Wake-up Light has been redesigned to look better on your bedside table. Its new ergonomic design means that it is now smaller and even more practical to use. Its light intensity means you can use it as a reading light, it’s also eco-friendly thanks to its energy saving light bulb.

Some specs:

  • 30 minutes sunrise simulating process.
  • Light intensity up to 300 Lux such that light awakes you naturally.
  • Natural Wake-up sounds.
  • Light for easy reading.
  • Compact size for limited bed-side table space.
  • Elegantly hidden LED Display.
  • 9 minutes snooze function with sunrise replication (light and sound).
  • Alarm-test function, to check next morning’s light and sound settings and for demonstration in-store.
  • Energy saving lamp.

If you’re one of those people who has a hell of a time waking up in the morning – waking me has been compared to raising the dead on occasion – then check out this lamp!

Philips’ Simplicity: The Light Blossom Concept

If you’ve been paying attention to the lighting industry lately, you would have noticed a trend to revolutionize and reinvent a concept that is so unbelievably important to everyone – street lighting and civil lighting projects.  From street lights that resonate with the intensity of the reflected light from the moon, to LED street lamps that have revolutionary shapes and infrastructure, to a lamp that is nearly the size of a Tic Tac and produces so much light without any electrodes that it’s almost unbelievable.

Philips has invented yet another street light/civil lighting concept that was revealed a few months ago called the Light Blossom.  This unique idea seems to stem from the fight against “light pollution,” and from Philips’ own mouth – Light Blossom is “a pole that harnesses renewable energy during the day, and shines only the necessary light at night.”

What makes this concept so unique is its ability to not only harvest light in several ways, but to also monitor how much light it outputs, with careful consideration being given to wasteful energy expenditure.  When the sun shines, the Light Blossom opens up, soaking in and collecting all of the available sunlight and storing it in the trunk of the fixture.  On cloudy, sunless, windy days – when the wind blows, the Light Blossom tilts its leaves up in a sort-of turbine position, spinning and generating energy that is also stored.  Light Blossom converts back and forth with the changes in the weather too, so as to not waste any opportunity to grab and store energy for the latter part of the day when it will be most needed.

Light Blossom runs at the minimum amount of illumination at night when no one is around – enough to maintain safety – and when people are present, Light Blossom provides comforting light for those around.  The best part of this is that Light Blossom requires a total of ZERO electricity from the grid.

Philips, I gotta say that is pretty damned cool.  Check out more about Light Blossom here.  Also, thanks to Flickr user “tuexperto” for his great Light Blossom photos.

Phillips Lighting – “Sense and Simplicity”

Royal Phillips (you know, Phillips – the company that makes lamps) has a bunch of new technologies geared towards green living, “simplicity,” and sustainability.  Inspired by a post at Inhabitat about Phillips’ Interactive LED Light Bulb, I started researching their new line of “Simplicity” branded stuff.  I must say, holy crap.  The basis for their new technology is making the alteration of lighting levels in your house as easy as the flick of a hand or simple gestures.

First, check out the isocahedron shaped Simplicity LED lamps:

This is hand-controlled.  It senses movement.

I also found this video of the SImplicity Demo Event in NYC:

The whole mantry around the Simplicity technology and products is that they’re engineered and designed around you, easy to operate, and advanced.  I’m impressed.