And you thought Philips Hue lighting was expensive before…

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Philips has announced a selection of new lighting options that take what many already considered premium pricing and rocket it into the stratosphere. The Philips Hue Luminaries are a collection of smartphone-controlled LED lamps featuring complex, 3D-printed designs. They sell on the low end for $3,500.

The lamps, designed by firms WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass, are as much objects of art and attention as they are fully functional lighting sources. Let’s be real though: you are paying for the funky designs made possible, apparently, only by the advent of 3D printing. These designs are inspired by light in nature, such as the way photons glint off a bug’s compound eyes or the sun shimmers through spaces in a bare tree. Did we mention that pricing starts at $3,500?

We are convinced these lamps exist for primarily only one reason: to make the standard Philips Hue bulb seem cheap by comparison. We kid, but Philips did introduce a new, cheaper version of their standard LED bulb dubbed the Hue Lux. It more or less replicates the features of the last generation of Hue bulb, including the ability to turn on/off, change color, and program via either Philips official app or third-party apps like IFTTT. If, however, loading up an an app seems too difficult, Philips also announced a new wall-mounted switch dubbed the Hue Tap. The kinetic-powered switch needs no batteries or external power and can trigger up to four lighting presets.

The Hue Lux will retail for $40 for a bulb or $100 for a started kit that includes a WiFi hub (far cheaper than those Luminaries). The Tap is priced at $60. Both devices will be available later this year. Pre-orders for Hue Luminaries lamps begin March 31st.

[via Philips, 2, 3]

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  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    I use a flashlight on my desk at night when the main lights are off… I think maybe I’ll upgrade to $3500 desk lamp. Nah.

    • Roaduardo

      This is all the light you need friend:

      • Henri Weich Conradie

        As Beavis would say: “Hehehehe… Firrre.”

    • No_Nickname90

      Seriously!? You’d be insane NOT to get that amazing lamp!!

      Even being sarcastic, it’s not funny. I mean, that price, though. IDK…

      • Henri Weich Conradie

        Dat price.

  • WhoaManWtF

    So they add 20 bucks wort of material and a couple hours of printing to a 100 dollar bulb setup and charge 3,500? Some stupid people will probably buy it..

    • Ben Baranovsky

      You’re not paying for the materials. You’re paying for the exclusivity and the “look how rich I am” bragging rights. :p

    • Henri Weich Conradie

      Scumbag lighting manufacturer. Adds 20% worth of material costs to product. Increases selling price by 3500%.

  • NeutralNovice

    At first I thought that was a pizza. Now I want pizza.

    • Ben Baranovsky

      I also thought it was a pizza.

    • Roaduardo

      Ordering right now, blasted Phandroid getting me all hungry and shite…

  • BronzeLincolns

    not worth it without the reverse aging feature.

    • Henri Weich Conradie

      For that price I want the ability to turn it off with my thoughts.