While the Hue lights from Philips are capable of producing more than 16 million shades of coloured light, flipping between functional white light and playful coloured light can be irksome. And while the native app's scene selections feature can help to partially alleviate this issue, Philips has just unveiled another option: two bulbs, one fixture.
Called the Philips Hue Beyond, this dual function light incorporates a pair of bulbs: one as an uplight, the other facing downwards; both of which are controlled independently via the native app. This may initially seem a bit redundant (I mean, why blow your hard-earned cash on an entirely new light fixture when you can just as easily swap between light palettes using the Hue Tap) but that's only if you plan on using a single light source for multiple functions.
The Beyond instead offers two lighting schemes at once: accent your room with colour using the uplight while keeping the downlight shining cool white, which is perfect for reading. The new fixture is available in three form factors (all prices in GBP are straight conversions from the EUR price, as an indication. Actual prices may vary): a short table lamp that retails for €329 (£262) (for the starter kit)/€299 (£238) (for the extension kit), a pendant lamp for the dining room (€529 (£422)/€499 (£398)) and a larger ceiling light (€529 (£422)/€499 (£398)) for the living room. All three are available beginning this month. [Philips]