LivingColors 1st generation

(This is a cut & paste from my old site)

The Philips Living Colors is a remote controlled 15 W. RGB led lamp.

It is available (April 2008) in the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Luxemburg for about 110 to 150 euro.

The build and design are high quality. This is not a re-labelled generic chinese designed product.

The remote uses a radio frequency transmitter and reciever om the 2.4 GHz ISM band from Chipcon (now Texas Instruments). It does not need line of sight and can control up to 6 lamps independently or as a group.
The microcontroller in the remote and lamp is a low power microcontroller from Texas Instruments. The comminication is bi-directional which suggests Philips has more products planned, say an AmbiLight – LivingColors bridge.

Philips owns Lumileds ( http://www.philipslumileds.com/ ), the manufacturer of the high power LEDs used in the lamp.

Remote

Notes: 2

Lamp

  • MSP430 from TI
  • CC2500 : Chipcon / Texas Instruments : “Low Cost, Low-Power 2.4 GHz RF Transceiver Designed for Low-Power Wireless Apps in 2.4 GHz ISM Band” (see : http://focus.ti.com/docs/prod/folders/print/cc2500.html )
  • Luxeon K2 : Lumileds ( http://www.lumileds.com/products/line.cfm?lineId=18 )

I didn’t have the nerve to crack open the lamp itself.  Someone else did.

Patents

  • EP 05110865.2
  • EP 05111947.7
  • EP 06111044.1
  • EP 06111041.7
  • EP 06114311.1
  • JB8978

Publications

Elektor article about hacking the protocol (in dutch).

Jeroen Domburg expains how he reverse engineered the Living Colors protocol and show how to build a USB remote controller for the LivingColors lamp.

See : http://www.elektor.nl/artikelen-als-pdf/2008/mei/kleurig-computerlicht.429788.lynkx
And : http://meuk.spritesserver.nl/projects/livcol

Elektor article about disassembling the lamp (in dutch).

The editors from Elektor disassemble a LivingColors lamp and remote and comment on what is inside.
See : http://www.elektor.nl/artikelen-als-pdf/2008/februari/philips-livingcolors.350438.lynkx

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxv-kFQdD3w

Official Site

http://www.lighting.philips.com/microsite/living_colors/ (link broken)