We’re big fans of the Philips Hue lights but there are a few problems that people have found with them. One of those problems is the fact that they don’t get as bright as some normal bulbs. Philips is working on that though, and it’s got a new 1,600 lumen version of its E27 bulb coming.

That’s twice as bright as bulb that Philips current offers but there’s a problem as the folks at SmartLights.de point out – you’re going to have to put up with a single color temperature.

The new White E27 lamp has a consumption of 15.5 watts. The color temperature is a fixed 2700 Kelvin and cannot be changed.

But that might be something that people will be willing to accept depending on how they intend to use the bulb itself. In applications where the brightness of the bulb is the most important thing, these smart bulbs could well do a job for some people.

In a garage, workshop, hobby room or similar you often need very bright light in order to be able to work or pursue your hobby. And when you no longer need bright light, you simply dim the lamp down to the desired brightness.

The new bulbs are also going to be more costly. They’re going on sale in Europe priced at €24.95, compared to €19.95 of the standard bulbs people have been buying for years. There’s no indication of when the new model will reach the shores of the United States, unfortunately.

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