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With its Hue home lighting system, Philips has cornered the market on smart light technology. And the company’s latest line of luminaries is its most futuristic yet: 3D-printed lamps you control from your phone.

The lamps come in two styles, both capable of displaying any of 16 million color combinations via an accompanying mobile app.

Cool, but hardly affordable. Philips’ 3D-printed table lamp will set you back about $3,450 while the pendant lamps cost around $4,150. (If you’re interested, the products are available for pre-order here beginning March 30th.)

What is the Philips Hue lighting system?

It’s mood lighting for every room in your house, and your phone is the dimmer switch. But it can do more than adjust brightness — color and saturation are also yours to command.

How does it work? A small network gateway device, or bridge, connects to your Wi-Fi, which allows it to speak to your lights (plugged into conventional outlets) through a mobile app.

Philips hue app

The aforementioned 3D-printed lamps are just part of the Hue family. Beyond your budget? You can still get into the Hue system with the Hue Lux (a light bulb) and Hue Tap, a $60 device billed as the first ever kinetic-powered, web-enabled light switch.

Hue Tap

Users can program up to four color sequences into the light switch that can control up to 50 Hue bulbs. Hue Tap doesn’t require batteries but it will still need to access your Wi-Fi network via the bridge.

Hue Tap and Hue Lux will go on sale in North America this summer.

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