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Philips’ new Hue lamps still look like space jellyfish

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The Philips Hue Wellness (left) and Wellner (right) lamps.

Philips has been extending its Hue range of smart home light bulbs with a variety of table lamps for a while now. But the existing selection of lamps, like the Hue Beyond or the Hue Phoenix, all have the similar issue of looking more like strange, glowing space jellyfish than, you know, actual table lamps.

Today, the company has announced some new Hue lamps — the Philips Hue White Ambiance Wellness and the Philips Hue White Ambiance Wellner — which clearly show that the company’s days of designing space-age table lamps are... not coming to an end anytime soon.

Philips Hue Wellness.

It’s not that they look bad, per se; of the two, the Wellness almost approaches normalcy for what you’d expect a lamp to look like. (I’m really not sure what Hue was aiming for with the blob-shaped Wellner.) And yes, there is the obvious solution of simply buying a regular Philips Hue bulb and sticking it in my boring, old desk lamp. But if Philips is going to make these premade lamps, it is too much to ask for one that doesn’t look like it came out of a science fiction movie? I guess the round, soft shape is kid-friendly.

Both the Wellness and the Wellner are already available in England, and they are set to cost $99.99 when they release in America in mid-June.

Correction: The Hue Wellness and Wellner will be available in mid-June, not mid-July as this post originally stated.