Welcome to Hue Tips!
A Hue application update was released today that allows you to change all the lights in a room to the same color and moved the settings icon with the other hue options. Here are the official patch notes.
IOS and Android Hue App 2.8.0:
- Set the entire room to a specific color by tapping the room icon! Just like you can with an individual light.
- Create a scene from your current light settings from the “plus” button in the scenes tab of a room.
- No longer will you need to detach your finger to reach the settings icon! You can now find the settings in the tab bar.
- Adding new rooms or reshuffling your lights? Now Siri & HomeKit automatically learn about new rooms, lights, scenes and update them automatically.
- Using widgets or Hue accessories? We’ve now made it easier for you to select your entire home.
- Various bug fixes and stability improvements.
This new application update is available for Android and IOS.
What’s New in the 2.7 Update.
– HomeKit improvements:
– You can add multiple Hue scenes to a HomeKit scene. This allows you to turn on multiple rooms using a single Siri voice command.
– You can add Hue scenes to your existing HomeKit scenes, including the default scenes: Arrive Home, Good Morning, Good Night and Leave Home.
– Bug fixes and stability improvements.
Bug fixes and stability improvements.
What’s New in Version 2.6.0
– Added iPad support
– Improved iOS 10 support, you can now 3D Touch the app icon to quickly access your widgets
– Improved scene edit, now you can also edit your custom scenes both with and without a picture
– Bug fixes and stability improvements
Philips has released a few new additions for your Philips hue system. Click the links below for pricing and availability at Amazon.
- Hue White & Ambiance Wireless Dimming Kit – (Hue A19 White & Ambiance + Hue Wireless Dimmer)
The Hue motion sensor is now available for purchase, most of these products are out of stock or not listed yet at most retailers, but keep checking back here for updates.
How to Identify the New Hue A19 White & Color with Richer Colors
With there now being a few generations of the Philips hue bulbs it may be difficult to determine if the bulb you are about to purchase is the latest version. The latest version will have a green icon on the top right of the packaging that states “Richer Colors”, this is the most recent version that produces more of the color spectrum and will provide better greens and blues. The New hue starter kits that feature this bulb also have this richer colors logo.
Another key difference is the base of the new bulbs is white instead of the previous silver/pearl color.
Philips has announced today the Philips Hue Motion Sensor
The Motion sensor is a wireless sensor that requires 2 AAA batteries. The sensor spread is 100 degrees and can be adjusted up to 30 degrees horizontal and 30 degrees vertically. You will be able to add up to 12 sensors per bridge, retail price is going to be $39.95
When the sensor picks up movement it will turn on a scene and after it no longer detects motion it will automatically turn off the lights, it is not known yet how long or if that it also adjustable in the hue application. You can have a different scene come on depending on if it is night or day.
This product will be released in selected markets in October 2016.