Back in February 2020, I wrote an article about how Philips Hue desperately needed multi-user support. But even three years later, there is still no way to limit the rights of individuals.
The basic framework of Philips Hue has always made it so that control is only from one “account”. Apart from a formula in Hue Labs that activates the geofencing function for multiple users, there is as yet no way to distinguish between different people in the system. Conversely, this means that all people in the household can access the complete Hue configuration.
In future there will be different user roles
As I was able to find out, Philips Hue is working on making different user roles available. The focus is on different profiles for the individual users, who can either act as an administrator or as a member.
While an administrator has complete access to the Hue system and can also change the settings, members can only access the lighting control. Of course, the admin takes over the management of the individual members.
Currently, I have no information on whether members will be able to control only certain rooms. A teenage child doesn’t necessarily need to be able to control the lamps in his parents’ bedroom. In any case, the distinction between administrator and simple member is an important thing. Unfortunately, I don’t yet know when exactly the function will be available.