In my opinion, the Philips Hue motion detector makes a lot of sense, especially in passageways. Instead of switching the light on and off again shortly afterwards, you simply let it do it automatically. But there are also many users who have installed the motion detector in their living room, dining room or kitchen.
I myself like using HomeKit very much – and there are quite a few accessories that are supported by HomeKit. Philipe Hue of course, LIFX, Elgato products and many more. These devices can be bundled and controlled in the Home app. But if you want to access the devices remotely, you will have to set up a so-called control center.
In this little guide, I would like to explain how to connect Philips LivingColors with Hue. I also have two of these lovely lamps at home and managed to pair them with my Hue Bridge for usage in several scenes. However, I have now replaced them with two Hue Go because their connection to the Hue world is much better.
A few months ago I had serious problems with my Hue system. I decided to do a complete reset after I was not able to register any new lights on the bridge. After that, unfortunately, nothing worked anymore. I was only able to control my lamps by light switch – if available.
The Philips Hue dimmer switch is a real all-rounder and I’ve been thinking about launching an initiative to get the little remote control into every room. The dimmer switch always cuts a fine figure, whether on the living room table, the fridge, embedded in the bedside table or even as a replacement for the light switch on the wall.
Normally you can get along with a single Hue Bridge easily. But at a certain point a Hue Bridge reaches its limits: officially, Philips states 50 connected lamps as maximum for a bridge, but theoretically, up to 63 lamps can be connected to a bridge. But there are still some limitations in other places that I have already explained in detail in an article about the Hue motion sensor.
The light should switch off automatically after exactly one hour? You want to receive a visual reminder in seven minutes? All this is no problem for the smart lighting system with the latest updates from Philips Hue. In addition to the official Hue app, we once again recommend iConnectHue because it offers respective settings.
Philips Hue products have been around for about five years now, and of course a lot has happened during that time. The best known example is certainly the Bridge, although here the difference between the first and second generation can be seen very quickly: the first generation Bridge is circular, the second generation square and has a blue illuminated ring.