What is Philips Hue?
Philips hue is a personal home wireless lighting system. It allows you to control the lights in your home from your smart device (iPhone,iPad, Android device,. etc). You can also control your lights away from home or setup alarms to make your lights come on and go off at the times you specify.
How Philips Hue Works
The Philips hue system has whats called a Bridge, the bridge needs to always have power and must be connected to a home wireless router through the provided ethernet cable. The bridge is what wirelessly connects to your Philips hue lights through Zigbee, which is a type of wireless signal like wifi.
- Maximum of 50 Hue Lights including Lightstrips, Hue Bloom, Hue Go
- 12 Accessories ie: Hue Tap Switch and Hue Wireless Dimmer Switch
- Software Upgradable
- Supports Apple Homekit – Siri Voice Control (the older circular shaped bridge does not support this)
Philips Hue A19 Starter Kit 2.0
If you are just getting started with Philips hue, a starter kit provides you with the Philips Hue Bridge and 3 Philips Hue A19 bulbs to get you going. If you do not want A19 bulbs you can purchase the bridge by itself and get only the bulbs you want or need for your specific lighting applications.
Lights bulbs for Philips Hue
There are a few variations of Philips hue lights for different applications and fixture types. Most of the bulbs change 16 million colors that are controlled by the Philips hue application on your smart device. There are also bulbs that only produce a white color for the rooms you just don’t need the color changing.
All hue lights are rated for indoor use and are suited for open fixtures, not completely enclosed fixtures. LEDs are more sensitive to heat so they need a fixture that air can get to. The operating temperature for hue bulbs is 32°F – 104°F. You also can not use Philips hue bulbs on dimmer switches, this can cause the bulbs to flicker, buzz, or fail early.
The Philips Hue Application
What devices and software versions Philips has tested to work
iOS 8.0 and upwards on iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 6, 6 Plus
For Home Kit compatibility only iOS 9.0
iPad 2, 3rd and 4th generation
iPad Air 1, 2
iPad Mini 1, 2, 3
iPod touch 5th generation
Android 2.3 and upwards on:
Galaxy S2, S3, S4, S5
Google Nexus 5, Motorola Nexus 6, Google Nexus 7
Note, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4
Sony Xperia Z3
The current Philips Hue application allows you to create scenes which are light presets. With a scene you can create a group of lights for your living room for example, you can arrange them all on a certain color. You can then select this set and it will set all of your lights to that configuration. for a more details about scenes, visit our creating a scene tutorial here.
Scenes – Scenes are your presets for light configurations, you can use the default pictures or pictures on your device to create new scenes.
Lights – Customize your hue lights adjusting them to different colors and different brightness levels.
Alarms & Timers – Create an alarm to have lights come on and go off at different times and repeat them. A timer ticks down from up to 60 minutes to power on or off lights.
Geofencing – Uses your Phones GPS to determine when you are away from home to turn off your lights or turn them on when you arrive.
More apps for Hue – Browse dozens of applications created by third party developers to use with your hue system.
Friends of Hue – Other devices that are tested and registared to use with Philips hue such as Nest thermostat.
Settings – Adjust settings of your Philips hue application, lights, and devices.
Hue Light Switches
There are also two physical light switch options for Philips hue, the Hue Tap and Hue Wireless Dimmer.
Philips Hue Wireless Dimmer
The Hue wireless dimmer does take a battery and it is included. It also has a wall plate that the dimmer attached to with magnets. The wall plate can be mounted using included tape, screws, or a magnetic surface. It can control up to 10 lights on its own or control specific lights or scenes when added to your Hue Bridge.
Other lights for Hue
There are a few other lights that Philips offers for hue that are not light bulbs.
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