Actually, it was supposed to be ready in spring, in the end we had to be patient a bit longer. But now it is here: Matter support for Philips Hue. As of now, it can be activated in the settings of the Hue app – but there are some details to keep in mind.
After its brilliant appearance last year, the Philips Hue Festavia disappeared from the scene in the past nine months. Now the string lights are back in time for Christmas and bring along some new features, which I would like to present to you today in a short article. The biggest innovation apart from the increased prices: The Philips Hue Festavia is no longer only available with 250 LEDs distributed over 20 metres, but also with 500 LEDs over 40 metres and 100 LEDs over 8 metres.
The blog Toengel, which specialises in Philips TVs, published an interesting report yesterday: the new Philips TVs with the model year 2023 will only offer “normal” Ambilight integration across the board, while the popular Ambilight+Hue function will be dropped completely. This was officially confirmed to me this morning by a spokesperson from Philips' TV division.
About a month ago I was able to report that Philips Hue is planning a member management for its Hue app. In future, a distinction is to be made between members and admins. Now the function has officially arrived in the Hue app. At least that's what the manufacturer writes in the Discover section of the app: Manage access to your lights: Want to share access to your lights with other people?
In a separate article, I already gave you my first impressions of the new Philips Hue Sync TV App, including a short video. In this article I would like to go into more detail and answer the most important questions about the new app for Samsung Smart TVs. What exactly can the Philips Hue Sync TV App do?
In the past few days I have sorted out some old lamps and sold them on eBay. Several buyers had no idea how to reset the lamps so that the new Bridge would find them immediately – although it is so easy with the dimmer switch. This is how easy it is to reset a Hue lamp I have often explained how to reset a lamp with the dimmer switch.
A fortnight ago, the new Philips Hue Ambiance Gradient Lightstrip came onto the market and caused a lot of excitement, but also a lot of questions. One question in particular has reached me frequently: How does the new lightstrip differ from the Philips Hue Play Gradient Light Strip, which has been available for a year now?
Last week, Philips Hue introduced its new products, including brighter bulbs. The special feature of the new E27 bulbs: they can shine with up to 1,100 lumens instead of 800 lumens as before, but still have the same form factor. Moreover, they are offered at the same price, the recommended retail price for one of the new bright bulbs is 59.99 euros, the double pack is available for 99.99 euros.
The subject of widgets has kept the Hue community very busy in recent weeks. Not without reason, because the widgets, which were popular with many users, have been virtually eliminated without replacement on the iPhone and iPad. Siri shortcuts and the corresponding iOS widgets are to serve as a replacement. A workaround, because only these can perform actions directly from the homescreen without having to open the Hue app.
On Wednesday evening, Philips Hue released version 4.1 of its app and fine-tuned it again. Today I would like to take a look at one particular change: “Made it easier to select and change the color of a single light in the color picker”. This small innovation means that you can no longer drag several lamps together in the colour selector and then simply move them together to change the colour of several Hue lamps at the same time.