What is Philips Hue?
Here we will go over the basics of what Philips hue is and what is required for it to work.
Philips Hue is a smart wireless lighting system that is controlled with a smart device such as an iPhone or Android device. A hue starter kit includes a Bridge and a 2 to 3 bulbs depending on which kit you purchase. The Bridge does have to be hardwired through a provided ethernet cable to your home router. The bridge will wirelessly communicated to the hue bulbs through a signal called Zigbee which is built into each hue bulb.
- A Home Router with a wifi network
- Internet is required for certain features like using hue away from home
- An outlet to power the bridge
- Light sockets that fit the available Philips hue bulb bases (E27/GU10)
- An IOS device running version 9.0 and up – or – an Android device with version 2.3 and up.
You need to purchase hue in the country that you want to use it in to ensure you receive a kit with the correct voltage and power adapter. For example if you purchase a kit in the USA, all of the bulbs will be rated only for 110-120v. If you purchase your kit in Europe the bulbs will be rated only for 220-230v.
Philips Hue Product Information
Philips hue bulbs are available in E26 (US Medium Base) and GU10 base types for the USA and Canada. There are a few different form factors for hue available below. The dimensions for each bulb will be different, you can view them here, this will be important to ensure they will fit in the application you want to use them in. Philips Hue Bulbs can not be used on any type of built in dimmer, it can cause the bulb to flicker or fail early. You can have up to 50 hue lights added to one hue bridge not including accessories like the Hue Tap, Wireless Dimmer, or Motion Sensor.
Philips hue lights do need to be within 30 to 50 feet of the hue bridge, however they all do link together creating a mesh network. So the more hue bulbs you have the better the connection will be.
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What Can I do with Hue?
Wake Up & Routines
With the Philips hue application you can setup your hue system Routines to have your lights turn on or go off at different times of the day. For example a if you wake up on weekdays at 7am, you can have your lights start to fade in at 6:30 and be at full brightness by 7am using the Wake Up feature in the app to gradually wake you up.
Control your lights while you are away from home
With this feature you can turn your lights on or off from the Philips hue application while you are away. You can use this to simulate someone is home or if you just wanted to turn lights on before you arrive home.
Sync your Lights with Music and Movies
With the use of third party applications that were developed by other users you can make your lights sync with your music or movies. Currently there are still very limited applications that are able to do this, you can read more about them here.
Use Images to Create Scenes
With the Philips hue application you can organize your lights into rooms and have preset light configurations called Scenes. You can create scenes by putting lights on colors or use an image from your device.
Philips Hue Partners
Philips hue is compatible with Amazon Echo so you can tell Alexa to turn your lights on or off or adjust the brightness percentage. You can also now turn a scene on and off with alexa making it even easier to control your hue lights.
Google Home and hue allows you to turn your lights on and off with voice commands, very similar to Amazon Echo and Siri.
Philips hue is compatible with the Nest thermostat, Camera, Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm. With the Nest Thermostat and hue, you can have your lights come on and off by themselves at random times to simulate someone is home. With the Nest Camera and hue at night if the camera detects motion it will turn your lights on for 15 minutes, they will go off after 15 minutes of no motion. If the Nest Protect detects smoke it will set your lights to a dim red color to help you better see.
With Smartthings you can use their multipurpose motion sensor and other connected devices to make your hue system and smart home even better. The Smartthings sensor can turn your hue lights on and off when a door or window is opened.