Philips Hue App Gen 2
The new Philips hue gen 2 application has been released. This new application features a completely new user interface designed to help make hue a bit more intuitive.
- Rooms – Organize your hue lights by rooms, within rooms you can set scenes and change the colors of individual lights
- Home & Away – This feature used to be called Geofencing, it allows you to set what happens when you leave and arrive home
- Wake Up & My Routines – Both of these features function like Alarms in the old application, but now you can set rooms to come on and off at certain times and repeat for certain days of the week
New Hue App Quick Start Guide
Lets get started using and familiarizing yourself with this new way to use hue.
Step 1. Create a Room
When you open this new app the first thing you will need to do is organize your lights into rooms, you can name the room whatever you like and select the room type.
Lights can only be used in one room at one time, you can not have the same light in different rooms.
If you have an Apple IOS device it may ask for access to Home Data, this is used for Homekit. You can allow now or change this option later.
There are often updates available for your hue bridge, especially if this is a first time connection. Check the box and continue with the updates.
One of the first things it may ask you to setup if you have an Apple IOS device is Homekit and Siri, you can follow the steps to set it up or skip to do so later.
Press the Circular plus button on the bottom right to create your first Room.
Select which lights you want in your first Room. If you do not have any lights on your system yet, this is where it will ask you to add your lights.
After your lights are selected, press save on the top right.
Your’re Ready to Go!
This is the Home page of your Hue application, from here you can access different sections of Hue.
Now that you have a Room setup, select the Room and this will bring you into the Lights and Scenes menu. Here you can adjust your lights to different colors and levels of brightness. When you are done making changes, make sure you press the check mark or save button in the top right corner
Scenes are basically preset configurations of your Hue lights, they are room specific. There are two different ways to use picture scenes with your lights, it will put all of your lights on a gradient of the images colors or you can select where you want each individual light on the picture.
There are 10 default photo scenes, you can add more images from your device.
When you select the scene, you can adjust the brightness with the outer edge of the scene. The pencil icon on the top right is the edit button
The bottom is the gradient it has created from colors of the image. The slider bar at the bottom will adjust the brightness.
Select the Lights tab at the top, this is where you can select individual light colors for a scene.
Once you select a light, you can choose where you want the light on the image or select a different color from the top. After you are done with your changes, make sure you save it in the top right corner.
Hopefully this was enough to get you started using the new hue application, it will take some time to adjust and get used to the new layout, options, and settings. You can still use the old Philips hue application so there is no rush to learn everything about this application right away.