The light should switch off automatically after exactly one hour? You want to receive a visual reminder in seven minutes? All this is no problem for the smart lighting system with the latest updates from Philips Hue. In addition to the official Hue app, we once again recommend iConnectHue because it offers respective settings.
How to create a timer in the Hue app
Since one of the last software updates, the new timer function is found in the routines section. At the push of a button, one or more timers can be created, at the end of which you can freely choose what should happen. You can either switch off the light in up to four rooms or the whole house or activate a preset scene. You can also select an effect with “lamps blinking”. Individual timers can have a duration of up to 23 hours and 59 minutes.
How to create a timer in iConnectHue
In iConnectHue you will find the timer function directly in the individual groups: there are two icons placed underneath the lamps symbols. With the left icon you can start a sleep timer or a reminder, each with a duration of up to 120 minutes. The sleep timer can dim the light at the beginning or end for a seamless transition, the reminder timer offers short or long flashes. The second button takes you to the timer menu, where you can manage several timers for several rooms at the same time.
Timers with Siri are not yet possible
With the launch of iOS 11, Apple offers numerous new commands in HomeKit. For example, a rule can be created that switches off a lamp after a certain period of time after it has been switched on – a timer. At the moment, however, this is still quite complicated, because a corresponding Siri command is not yet possible. But I assume that you will soon be able to say “Hey Siri, switch off the light in the living room in 20 minutes”.