Royal Philips Unveils World’s First 3D Printed Connected Luminaires

Royal Philips, a leader in LED lighting, has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s first 3D-printed connected luminaires. The 3D printed luminescent wonders are an addition to the Philips Hue range, which incorporates the latest interactive technology by allowing your smart-phone or tablet to assist in creating personal light effects from an impressive palette of some16 million colours and light scenes. For example, you can turn the 3D printed luminaires into beautiful features, such as by illuminating the luminaires to tune in with the setting sun via automated internet services.

The Philips Hue 3D-printed table & pendant luminaires were co-created with renowned design teams WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass.

WertelOberfell designer Jan Wertel commented: “3D printing provides more freedom, control and even personalisation when designing lighting products. There are fewer boundaries for creativity with Philips Hue as there are unlimited options to generate any mood or lighting effect. Combined, we have created the most advanced, digital (even futuristic) technologies for a functional, emotional and unique object. We liked the idea of using the geometry seen in the eyes of crustaceans and insects then reversing them so they become light emitting cells rather than light gathering cells.” Design partner Gernot Oberfell added “This is a complex design that could not have been produced before 3D printing. The result is an exquisite light effect that transforms a lifeless living space into a colourfully lit ode to nature.”

Strand+Hvass designer Niels Hvass said: “The expression of colour produced by Philips Hue adds an element of surprise that’s magical and mysterious, creating a sense of wonder.” Design partner Christina Strand added that their particular designs were “inspired by shadows you see when the spring sun shines through naked branches. This was translated into a complex design, only possible when 3D printing is combined with Philips Hue. Over 3,000 sticks are intertwined around the Hue light source, recreating a captivating scene from nature.”

Compatible with the Philips Hue eco-system of bulbs, lamps, apps and switches the 3D printed table and pendant luminaires have been available since 31st March and are made exclusively to pre-order at www.meethue.com. The pendant is available for EUR 2.999 and the table for EUR 2.499.

The Philips Hue 3D-print luminaires have been on display this week at the Light and Building show in Frankfurt.