Smart lighting has come a long way since the days of dimmer switches and LED bulbs. You can now enjoy automatic lights that switch on when you get home, change bulb colours to suit your mood and even match to the colours displayed on your TV.
The Philips Hue system ties in with other smart tech, like a Google Home or Amazon Echo. You can enjoy even more features when you add extra devices to the smart network, and we'll explain how to connect your Hue lights to the rest of your smart kit.
The Hue bulbs work with regular light fittings, so you just need to buy either a bayonet or screw fit Hue bulb to match the light fittings, then replace the bulbs as you would normally. If you have a Hue lamp, all you need to do is plug it into the mains and you're ready to go.
To get the most out of your lights, you'll need a Philips Hue Bridge hub to control them. Most Hue kits include a Bridge, but you can buy them separately if you don’t have one.
After plugging your lights in and turning them on, connect your Hue Bridge to the mains power.
Next, connect your Hue Bridge to your router with an ethernet cable.
Wait for all three lights on the Bridge to light up. This confirms it's connected to the internet.
After the app finds your Bridge, push the big round button on your Hue Bridge to pair it with your app.
Tick the box to agree with the terms and conditions. Press enable.
Tap Pair Bridge to connect the Hue Bridge to Siri and Apple HomeKit. Pick a name for your phone and tap Create room to continue.
Now your Hue Bridge can start finding nearby lights. Tap Add light to search for Hue bulbs.
Tap Search to automatically scan for lights. If you can't find your lights straight away, press Add serial number to add a light manually.
You can rename the lights if you’d like to by pressing the ‘i’ next to the name of the bulb. To carry on with the setup, press the right arrow in the top-right corner.
Once the app finishes adding your lights, it's time to put them in groups or rooms. Press Create room.
Give your room a name, then choose the Room type.
Tick the box next to any light you want to add to the room, then press the tick in the top-right corner. You can change these assigned lights whenever you want.
To create more rooms, press Create room.
To finish the setup, press the arrow in the top-right corner.
Press Let’s go to finish.
If you want to move your lights around, changing the setup is easy. Follow these steps to get your lights set up just the way you want.
Open your Philips Hue app and press the Menu button in the top-right corner. Choose Light setup
Tap on any light bulb to make it flash. This is an easy way to tell each bulb apart. Once you've found the bulb you want, press the "i" button to give it a name.
After setting a name for the bulb, go back to the Home screen of your app and press the menu button (three dots) in the top right corner. Press Room setup.
You can now assign your renamed Hue lights to a new room, ready to control them.
Hopefully, that’s helped you get started with your Philips Hue smart lights. If you’d like help with anything else, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.
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