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Recommendation for Apple users: Home+ makes HomeKit even more comprehensive Connect Hue lamps to your smart home

Connect Hue lamps to your smart home

I keep coming across questions in my email inbox and social media about which smart home devices, such as radiator thermostats, can be linked to the Hue Bridge and controlled by the Hue app. The answer in these cases is always negative because Philips Hue is a pure lighting system. However, there are ways to connect to other smart home devices without external hubs.

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A feast for the eyes: filament lamps with dimmable LivingWhites socket from Philips Currently only available in used condition

Currently only available in used condition

In September, Philips Hue launched its first filament lamps which look really stylish and high-quality compared to the competition. However, Philips only has three different models on the market, all of which are equipped with the same filament. It has to be said that the market for filament lamps offers a lot more and much nicer alternatives.

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My comment on the latest iConnectHue update Is a subscription a rip-off or not?

Is a subscription a rip-off or not?

On Sunday, the probably biggest update of iConnectHue (App Store link) was released. There are many new features, new in-app purchases and two different subscriptions – and of course many comments under my article here in the Hueblog and also over at appgefahren.de. Understandably, user comments drift far apart.

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iConnectHue: Major update released including Pro license with subscription These are the new features

These are the new features

I was allowed to announce it to you a few weeks ago and in the comments there was already a lot of discussion around it. Now it is here: the new iConnectHue. Before I will go into detail in the next few days, especially of course with the new, optional subscription model, I would like to provide you with the new features of the update today.

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Twinkly reviewed: the smart chain of lights is a class of its own Maybe an option for your tree?

Maybe an option for your tree?

About two weeks ago I already announced it: I will have a closer look at Twinkly’s smart lights. I spared no expense and effort for this and dragged my artificial Christmas tree from the attic to the office. There, I took a first look at the Twinkly Gold Edition and can give you the first recommendation right here.

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Signify improves suspension of Philips Hue Ensis pendant luminaire I have a small side note about the popular Philips Hue Ensis pendant luminaire for you.

I have a small side note about the popular Philips Hue Ensis pendant luminaire for you.

For almost a year now, the Philips Hue Ensis has been hanging above the dining table at my colleague Frederick’s and he is still very taken with the individual lighting. I guess this is also true for most of the Hueblog readers who bought the Ensis. Still, during installation one little thing made you despair.

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Installation in detail: connecting the Hue Smart Button to classic buttons Numerous readers have asked for more details about the conversion of the Hue Smart Button.

Numerous readers have asked for more details about the conversion of the Hue Smart Button.

In the last few days, the useful Hue Smart Button made for some negative headlines. It is resource-hungry and causes problems with the Innr Smart Plug. In addition, it is still sold overpriced. Nevertheless, the Hue Smart Button opens up very interesting possibilities. This is how the Hue Smart Button is connected to a classic push button Hueblog reader Markus also dared to rebuild the switch and kindly provided me with detailed photos.

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Philips Hue App with improved HomeKit connectivity With the update to version 3.33, the Hue app for iPhone and iPad offers an improved HomeKit connection.

With the update to version 3.33, the Hue app for iPhone and iPad offers an improved HomeKit connection.

HomeKit, which is at home in the Apple cosmos, is a fine thing. Not only can all devices be controlled via Siri, but also complex automations can be created. They also work across several manufacturers. In this regard, Apple definitely offers more possibilities than Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. The update of the Hue app (App Store link) released this morning contains three improvements for HomeKit integration: improved synchronization with HomeKit when changes are made to the Hue app fixed a HomeKit problem where names in the Home app do not match names in the Hue app corrected a HomeKit problem where saving a scene in HomeKit would cause the “value is higher than maximum” error Luckily, I haven’t been able to find any of the three problems mentioned in connection with HomeKit.

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This is how the Hue Smart Button can slow down the system The Hue Smart Button is a handy little switch for Philips Hue. However, there are a few details to consider.

The Hue Smart Button is a handy little switch for Philips Hue. However, there are a few details to consider.

I already explained a few days ago what a small inconspicuous switch can do: as soon as the Smart Button is coupled with a Hue Bridge, some third-party products from Innr, for example the popular Smart Plug SP 120, will fail. But that’s by far not all – as the following comment from Hueblog reader Peter shows: “I don’t have any Innr products in use, but I notice that after the integration of six Hue Buttons the whole Hue system becomes very unstable.

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A first look at Muse Blocks: an innovative way to control your Smart Home Not only Philips Hue lamps can be controlled by Muse Blocks.

Not only Philips Hue lamps can be controlled by Muse Blocks.

There are not many products that I consider really innovative. This is definitely the case with the new Muse Blocks from Senic even if their technology does not come from the Berlin start-up itself. They have simply rebranded existing possibilities in a new and, above all, extremely stylish way. In each Muse Block – a small 7 x 7 cm magnet – there is a small NFC tag that can be equipped with its own web links by using a small app.

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