In the past few weeks, I have repeatedly received a few enquiries on the subject and I also keep stumbling across it on social networks: The “Ambilight+Hue” function of Philips TVs. In principle, the whole thing works very simply: in the settings of the TV, a connection to the Hue Bridge is first established and then the lamps that are to extend the Ambilight in the room are selected.
I wouldn’t want to live without my Philips TV with built-in Ambilight. And Philips Hue is also high on my list of favourites, of course. But to make a common cause with these two “Philips” products is by now anything but recommendable. On no other topic have I received so many letters, comments and questions in the last week.
Actually, it sounds pretty great: you can easily expand the Ambilight of your Philips TV with Philips Hue light sources. You don’t even need the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box to do this, instead you just click through the TV menu a bit and you’re ready to go. What sounds so simple, however, currently seems to be causing big problems again.
It is a long time since everything that has Philips written on it has also had Philips in it. Today we want to take care of the two best known examples and a resulting problem. Philips televisions are actually made by TP Vision – and Philips Hue has already split off from Philips as a Signify company.
Despite the high price, the Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box is very popular. Especially in the social media, I see installations with several Hue lights behind, under or next to the TV, particularly the Philips Hue Play Lightbar is very well suited for this purpose. But how is that in reality?
After I moved a little more than two years ago and the distance from the sofa to the television set increased by about one and a half meters, I quickly realized: My previous 55 inch TV is simply too small. For years I have been using an Ambilight TV and have always been very satisfied – even if it was from the 2010 or 2011 model year and the connection to the Hue system was not really comfortable.