The Hue Secure system, which was launched around two months ago and so far consists of three different camera models and contact sensors, still has many unresolved issues. Today I would like to answer two interesting questions from the community about Hue Secure and the connected smart home cameras from Philips Hue as soon as more than one bridge is involved.
Last week, Hueblog reader Raphael sent me a rather exciting and interesting question about Philips Hue. I would like to present the answer to all readers here on the blog, as newcomers in particular may not yet be aware of this major advantage of Philips Hue. But let's get to the question first: My Hue Bridge is connected to the router in the house.
A community post by Jenaih brought a rather interesting story to my attention. He writes in his comment: “Am I the only one who noticed that the effects Candle, Fireplace and Prism also run on Hue lamps without Bluetooth?” I can now answer this question with a partially “yes”. But let's start from the beginning.
I'm sure I reported on this last year or the year before, but the question keeps coming back to me – twice this week, in fact: How do you link a second Philips Hue Bridge to your Philips Hue account? For example, Paul writes to me in an email: “I have a holiday home in which I operate a second Hue Bridge.
Hue Secure was officially integrated into the Hue app this week, but apart from integrating existing motion sensors, there's not much you can do with Philips Hue's new security system yet. Cameras and contact sensors are only “coming soon”, the official statement still reads “in autumn”. However, I couldn't just sit around idly either, so I tried my luck with two ZigBee contact sensors.
At the end of August, Philips Hue introduced another new light source. After E27, GU10 and E14, there are now spots with a GU5.3 base. From September, the new lamps will be available as White Ambiance and White and Color Ambiance, but there are still some question marks. For example, Marvin asks in our comments section: Is there already information in the technical data about the protection class of the new lamps?
On 31 August, Philips Hue presented for the first time a product that is not directly related to lighting: The Philips Hue Secure Cameras. An exciting novelty that I will present to you in more detail in the coming months. Before the official release, however, I would like to answer the most important questions about the new security system.
If you have equipped your TV with a Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip, the wall behind it will be illuminated on the left, top and right. If you also want to illuminate the bottom, the Philips Hue Ambiance Gradient Lightstrip is the perfect companion. Siegfried sent me an interesting question about this via e-mail.
Our small community has been discussing the Philips Hue Go portable table lamp this week. The model, which was officially launched in spring, seems to be causing problems for some users. Specifically, it's about this: Unfortunately, I have to report that the battery of my Hue Go portable table lamp is defective after only two months.
In the coming weeks, Philips Hue will introduce its own contact sensor. From a purely technical point of view, I expect a very classic design, similar to the Eve Door & Window, for example. You can see the HomeKit sensor in the cover image above. Unsurprisingly, Philips Hue will use ZigBee as the radio standard for its contact sensor.