Focus On: Intelligent Lighting

Focus On: Intelligent Lighting

The world would be a very dark place without light – literally and figuratively. Light is such a fundamental energy in our world that it defines who we are and the world around us.

Light regulates our sleep, affects our mood, and even our emotions. Light literally gives us life.

Light can confuse us and amaze us. Light has found its way into our literature, our art, and our architecture.  It is so fundamental to who we are that it is part of everything we do.

Ever since mankind learned to control the flame to create light, our history has been rich with our obsession to not simply understand light, but to control it. We think nothing of summoning light with the flick of a switch.

While the invention of the light bulb is often attributed to Thomas Edison in 1878, he was far from the first to experiment with light. Almost a quarter century earlier, in 1802, Humphry Davy, a British chemist and inventor, invented the first electric light. He had at the time the  most powerful electrical battery in the world and used it to experiment with electricity. Davy created the first incandescent light by passing electric current through a thin strip of platinum. Although it was neither sufficiently bright nor long lasting enough to be of practical use, it proved the principle.  A few short years later, he connected wires to his battery and a piece of carbon and the carbon glowed, producing light. His invention was known as the Electric Arc lamp.

Lighting has clearly evolved over the last two centuries. The variety of lighting technologies is extensive, from incandescent, fluorescent, LED and even OLED, arguably our future lighting technology.

Although the chemistry, the styles, and technologies have been experimented with, and refined over the last 200 years, the one new innovation that is sure to change lighting forever is connectivity.  This fairly recent phenomenon with lighting promises to change how we think about, and use lighting forever. A connected light can save energy, can entertain you, can alert you in an emergency, and can even bring the Internet to you.

One of our partners that epitomizes an understanding of light and has truly learned to harness it is Philips. Philips offers a broad array of connected lighting products for the consumer, under the Hue Personal Wireless Lighting brand.

Philips understands that there is more to lighting than illumination. Lighting can set the mood, welcome you home, help you wake up more rested, improve safety and security, and simplify your life.

Philips’ smart and energy-efficient LED lights bring Philips Hue to life. They deliver bright and beautiful light for your daily activities, special moments, and immersive experiences. They dim. They flash. They pulse. They change color. They do pretty much anything you want. And they’re available in different shapes, sizes and models to suit your home.

Partnered with Stringify, we think we make a powerful team.

One of the reasons we created Stringify is to help people get the most out of their connected devices. Currently, Stringify supports over 600 products and services, any of which can be combined with products such as Philips Hue to build incredible experiences.

With Stringify and Hue you can build some pretty amazing experiences. Let’s look at a few examples of what you can do when Stringify and Hue are combined.

Here’s a Flow that warns you when traffic is backed up and provides an alternate route to work.

Every weekday at 7:30am when I’m home,
When the traffic to work from home is backed up,
Then turn the kitchen Hue to amber,
And send me a notification with the fastest route to work.

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How about a Flow that gently reminds you to get more exercise if you’ve missed your goal for the day?

When I have less than 10,000 steps by 3:30pm,
Then send me a push notification reminder,
And only if my location is home,
Then change my Hue lights to the ‘energize’ scene.


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Or how about a Flow that helps with security when you’re not home?

When an outdoor motion is detected at night when I’m not home,
Then turn on my bedroom lights,
And then 10 seconds later, turn on the living room lights.

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These are just a few small examples of what you can do with Philips Hue personal lighting, combined with the power of Stringify. The possibilities are endless.

Whether we use connected lighting for safety, security, entertainment, or to simply set the mood, the future of connected lighting is indeed bright.

Dave Evans
Co-founder and CTO, Stringify