I keep coming across questions in my email inbox and social media about which smart home devices, such as radiator thermostats, can be linked to the Hue Bridge and controlled by the Hue app. The answer in these cases is always negative because Philips Hue is a pure lighting system.
However, there are ways to connect to other smart home devices without external hubs. HomeKit has proven to be particularly versatile in the Apple world. Philips Hue was one of the first devices that was compatible with the platform at all; meanwhile there are more and more suitable accessories available. Just take a look at our website at appgefahren.de.
How to extend HomeKit’s possibilities
In this case, the Apple Home App is used as control centre. Similar to Philips Hue with iConnectHue there are also third-party applications for HomeKit that offer even more possibilities. A good example is Home+ (App Store link) which demands quite an investment at 16.99 euros.
Home+ offers many more possibilities around the topic of automation – one of the most important functions in the smart home. This becomes apparent when you take a look at the developer’s description of the last major update:
The creation and editing of device events, conditions and actions has been simplified. You can also add multiple conditions for a device property. This makes it possible to define a value range for a property (e.g. temperature between 20°-24°C). Furthermore, character sequences (string) are now supported in triggers and scenes. This results in new automation possibilities.
And here are some ideas how to connect Hue lamps with other HomeKit devices:
- let Hue lamps light up in a specific colour when leaving a defined temperature window in a room
- make Hue lamps light up when a smart surveillance camera detects movement
- keep Hue lamps lit when a door/window contact is opened and no one is home
- turn on Hue lights when a HomeKit smoke detector sounds the alarm and it is dark
Of course there are many other possibilities. Perhaps you already have a HomeKit automation system in use with Philips Hue. I am looking forward to your ideas and suggestions.