…is a function of, or rather reaction to, the technology of the 1950s. Incandescent bulbs cast a harsh glare that designers needed to mask.
Talented designers like Nelson and Henningsen made their utilitarian objects beautiful. However, bulb manufacturer Philips reckons LED technology can make the lampshade obsolete. Their Ellipse smart bulb is intended to be a design object in its own right.
The Ellipse has a 2,000-6,500 Kelvin range and is capable of producing millions of colors. It's dimmable from zero to 500 lumens.
"No, I DIDN'T hang them too low. If you don't want to bump your head into them, stop leaning over the table."
The couples therapist recommended Lucy stay on the blue side of the room, David on the purple side.
"Let go of the plate, Hunter. You know the rules—you can eat after you provide the correct answer to the math question we asked you."
The bulbs run a steep $90 a pop (though for scale, the Saucer Bubble and PH5 run $445 and $1,224 each) and bring a degree of technical complication: They're adjusted via a smartphone app. They can also be connected (though not color-adjusted) to a proprietary Philips Hue dimmer switch or motion sensor, or voice-controlled with the self-installed domestic spyware known as a smart home assistant.
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