The proportion of users with Apple devices here on the blog is quite large. That’s why I would like to take this opportunity to explicitly discuss the connection of HomeKit in connection with the new Gradient function. After all, the existing Play Gradient Lightstrip as well as the new releases Ambiance Gradient Lightstrip and Gradient Signe can display a fancy colour gradient.
However, this does not work with HomeKit, where only one colour can be selected for the lamps. This is not surprising and a limitation that other multi-coloured products also have to live with. I’m thinking here of the Nanoleaf LED panels, which you have certainly heard of.
At least there is something like a workaround. Scenes can be created in the manufacturer’s application, for example in the Nanoleaf app, and then exported to HomeKit. If you activate the corresponding scene there, for example with a Siri voice command, the LED panels light up in multiple colours.
Philips Hue needs to get to work here again
There is also a function in the Hue app to easily export individual scenes to HomeKit. However, if you then activate the newly created HomeKit scene, the gradient product does not light up in several colours as desired, but only in one colour.
Due to Apple’s restrictions, it will certainly not be possible to select multiple colours directly in HomeKit, which is also the case with other manufacturers. However, Philips Hue should make sure that scenes exported to HomeKit work correctly.