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BridgeWrapper in trouble: Too many API requests a day Using Alexa with a second bridge

Using Alexa with a second bridge

For years, users with large Hue installations have been tormenting themselves with an annoying problem: Philips Hue’s Alexa Skill only allows the connection to one bridge. A second bridge can only be linked to Alexa in a roundabout way. A fairly simple solution is the BridgeWrapper Skill by Sascha Schmidt, with which you can easily link several bridges and the associated accounts.

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Philips Hue Festavia: String lights with gradient function and sparkle effect Available on Friday for 159.99 euros

Available on Friday for 159.99 euros

Philips Hue turned ten years old a few days ago and we have probably been waiting at least as long for string lights that can be connected to the Hue Bridge. Today the day has come when I can present the corresponding product to you: The Philips Hue Festavia. First of all, let’s get to the most important facts: The Philips Hue string lights will initially be available exclusively in the Philips Hue online shop from 11 November.

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Philips Hue 4.29: At least one innovation is quite practical One version completely skipped

One version completely skipped

Yesterday evening, Philips Hue released another update for its app. Version 4.29 is now available in the App Store. Attentive readers will notice that version 4.28 has been omitted. According to my information, there were major problems with this version, so it was not even considered for release. In the end, however, it doesn’t make any difference, because this version probably wouldn’t have offered any major innovations anyway – and now we’ll continue with the next update.

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Philips Hue: Matter update available for testing now Official release in the first quarter of 2023

Official release in the first quarter of 2023

I’m sitting in my hotel room in Amsterdam right now. Yesterday I attended the launch event of the new smart home standard Matter and gathered numerous impressions about the new technology. One thing is clear: Philips Hue, which can already be connected to all the most important smart home systems, will not benefit as much from Matter as, for example, Eve Systems with its accessories that have so far only been geared towards Apple and HomeKit.

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Congratulations: Philips Hue has turned 10 years old And they still shine

And they still shine

It was almost exactly ten years ago that Philips Hue was officially launched. On 30 October 2012, Signify, then still operating under the name Philips Lighting, introduced the first starter set consisting of three E27 light bulbs and bridge as well as an accompanying iPhone app. As a real premium product, sales started exclusively in the Apple Store at that time.

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Hue Go portable table lamp now available in the US Launch in Europe in 2023

Launch in Europe in 2023

The Philips Hue Go portable table lamp was already introduced in the summer, but the launch has been considerably delayed. Originally, late summer was the target, but at least in terms of the calendar, that’s long past. And in Europe we have to wait longer anyway – the certification has failed and the table lamp will not be launched until next year.

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More than a bridge: Does Matter solve the problem? Hope for the new smart home standard

Hope for the new smart home standard

On 3 November, the time has come: Matter is finally to take off. To this end, the Connectivity Standards Alliance has specially invited to a media event in Amsterdam, where various manufacturers will present their Matter solutions. It is supposed to become the new smart home standard. What exactly is Matter?

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Philips Hue revamps White Filament lamps: second generation coming Slightly brighter and thinner wire

Slightly brighter and thinner wire

If you have an eye on the classic Philips Hue White Filament bulbs, you need to pay special attention in the coming weeks. A change from the first to the second generation is imminent. Specifically, there are two things that have changed in the new generation: First, the maximum brightness increases from 550 to 580 lumens.

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Philips Hue Perifo pendant light for the track system in detail Slim and quite long

Slim and quite long

I have already reported about the new Philips Hue Perifo track system, especially my impressions around the external power supply turned out very positive. For me, the rail, which I currently have equipped with three spots, is a real problem solver in my kitchen. As a test, I have now inserted a Perifo pendant luminaire into the rail.

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