Hueblog: Even more light: combine Philips LivingColors with Hue

Even more light: combine Philips LivingColors with Hue

How do you connect old LivingColors with Hue? We'll explain advantages and downsides.

In this little guide, I would like to explain how to connect Philips LivingColors with Hue. I also have two of these lovely lamps at home and managed to pair them with my Hue Bridge for usage in several scenes. However, I have now replaced them with two Hue Go because their connection to the Hue world is much better.

There is an easy way to connect Philips LivingColors to Hue, and an additional more complicated procedure. First, you should know that you can only connect the second generation to Hue. Because the LivingColors always come with a remote control, you can quickly identify your generation. If you have a round remote control, the LivingColors is second generation. If you have an oblong remote control, it is the first generation that cannot be connected to Hue.


The easy way: connect Philips LivingColors to Hue

The easiest way is the connection via Touchlink. With the 5.49 Euro application iConnectHue (iOS only), which we recommend to every Hue user anyway, you can quickly find the Living Colors via touch link and integrate them into your Hue system.

  1. Open iConnectHue (App Store link) and connect to the Bridge (if you haven’t already done so)
  2. Add a new lamp using the plus symbol
  3. Select “Search with Touchlink” and then select LivingColors

Optionally, these steps also work in the free application “Hue Lights” (only for iOS) or Hue Essentials for Android.

Tip: Some lights are only accessible for the Touchlink method 30 minutes after switching on. The best thing to do is to disconnect the lamp from the power supply beforehand, wait a short time and then reconnect it. Then it will work in any case.

‎iConnectHue für Philips Hue
‎iConnectHue für Philips Hue
Developer: Stefan Gohler
Price: 5,49 €+
‎Hue Lights
‎Hue Lights
Developer: LapApps, LLC
Price: Free+

Connect LivingColors manually with Hue

If you are an Android user or don’t want to spend money on iConnectHue, you can do the following manual steps to connect LivingColors to Hue. But be careful: if you connect a LivingColors to an existing Hue system, you will lose all light scenes.

1. reset the remote control

Open the rear cover of the remote control and press the reset button. Simply press with a paper clip for several seconds. Some remote controls will then play a sound.

2. pair remote control with all Philips LivingColors

Now you have to hold the remote control directly to the LivingColors and press the “on-button” (I) until the lamps flash three times and then turn green. Repeat this for all LivingColors you want to integrate into the Hue system.

3. connect the remote to the Hue Bridge

Now you need nimble fingers. You have to hold the remote control to the bridge and transfer the settings. To do this, press the “On” and “Scene 1” buttons on the remote control and the button on the bridge simultaneously until you hear a beep. All LEDs on the bridge will flash. When the middle LED switches off, press the Bridge button again, then press and hold the On button on the remote until the LEDs on the bridge flash again and the middle LED turns blue.


Finally, the Bridge must be paired with the Hue app and the Philips LivingColors can be controlled via Hue.

Philips LivingColors are not a perfect Hue addition

I have used the scenario for a long time, but now I have two original Hue Go products Their setup is easier and the controls work better too. For example, the old LivingColors cannot be controlled with Siri. Furthermore, after the integration of the Philips LivingColors, the Hue Bridge will only support 16 lamps instead of 50 lamps.



Comments 1 reply

  1. Hello, thank you for your tips 🙂

    I would like to know if “Furthermore, after the integration of the Philips LivingColors, the Hue Bridge will only support 16 lamps instead of 50 lamps.” is always true ?

    BR,
    Philippe

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