Philips Hue is one of the most popular smart lighting systems on the market. It comes with two flagship products. The first is the Philips Hue bulb, which works and fits into your normal bulb sockets unless you can change the color and brightness with your smartphone. The other is the Philips Hue light strip, which is attached to clothes, entertainment stands and other places to provide better lighting. Luckily, both work the same way, and you can set them up in the same way.
This guide is designed to help you set up your Philips Hue lights, add lights to different rooms, and other basic things.
What is Philips Hue? 19659010] Philips Hue is an intelligent lighting system that was introduced in 2012. Since then it has been revised several times. Originally founded as an exclusive Apple Store, it eventually branched out into other areas such as Amazon, Best Buy and many other places. New generations are compatible with older generations. The entire system also works with Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana (with software add-ons), and Samsung's Bixby (with hardware add-on).
The product range includes several products. The three main products include the standard white dimmable light bulb and the standard multicolour dimmable light bulb as well as the popular light. The standard white pears are usually sold in packs and not individually like the multicolored products. Extras include a light bar, multiple variants of the multicolored light bulb, a blossom and even exterior lighting for your entire house. If you need a good startup kit for Philips Hue, we have one connected below.
How does Philips Hue work?
Basically, the Philips Hue Smart Hub controls everything, and all lights are useless without it. And this is how it works: You send a signal to the Smart Hub with your smartphone via the Philips Hue app. The Smart Hub distributes this signal to all applicable luminaires. You send the signal back to the Smart Hub that the job is complete and information is sent to your smartphone or tablet. This happens extremely fast, and for many it looks like the lights are changing their color or brightness in real time. The system is pretty mature.
The Smart Hub requires WiFi to function properly. That's why you plug it directly into your home router. That way, your phone, hub, and light can communicate with each other over your home WiFi network. Without wireless and no hub, there's no easy way to connect your lights directly to your phone. That sounds very complicated at first glance, but it makes more sense after setup.
First Philips Hue facility
Okay, let's get your hub up and running. We go step by step, but fortunately, the Philips Hue setup process is pretty simple. You do not have to sign up for any accounts or anything like that.
- Connect your Philips Hue Hub. It has a total of two connections. The first is for electricity and requires a power outlet. The second is a connection directly to your router. No, it does not work with your modem. It must be connected to the device that provides your home with Wi-Fi.
- Open the Philips Hue app on your smartphone or tablet. After a few moments, the app will inform you about a new device in your network. Just click the Setup button.
- From there, the app prompts you to press the big white button on top of your hub. You can not miss it, it takes up about half of the available space.
- Pressing the button completes the hive setup, and you can now start adding lights.
That's it really. It should take less than five minutes, unless there are problems. If you have problems, disconnect everything and start over.
Adding additional lights
The initial setup is only really necessary when setting up a hub. Setting up additional lights is basically the same method, but with lights instead of a hub. This works for your first light or for your 40th light. The process is the same every time.
- Plug your light into the socket when it is a normal light bulb, or to the wall when it is a light strip. Wait a moment for the light to turn on and fade in and out.
- Open the Philips Hue app. Navigate to the settings (the wheel button). From there, select the "Lighting Setup" option.
- Click the Add Light button at the top of the app. This takes you to the actual setup screen.
- Click the "Search" button. The app is looking for a light that is not yet configured.
- When you find it, give the light a name and assign it to all the existing spaces.
That should be it. The light is now accessible from the main page of the Philips Hue app. It should also be synchronized with all the other light sources in the room when you add it to a room. Now everything should work properly. If you have trouble connecting to the light, we recommend that you turn off the lights and completely close the app. Then try again from the first step.
Add your lights to a room
We briefly go on adding a lights to a room. This is an essential step as your lights are organized and synchronized. This way, you do not have to set the color or scene individually for each light. This is not a difficult process and you can customize it as you wish. At the moment, however, we are going through the basic steps.
- In the Philips Hue app, navigate to the main page and click the Settings button. The Settings button looks like a gear.
- Tap the "Room setup" option.
- Tap the "Create room" option at the top.
- Give your room a name and a type. You can also assign him a default scene if you do not want to set it up immediately.
- Under it, select the lights you want to use for this room.
- Click the top of the check button to complete the process of the room.
Now the room appears on the main page. You can turn it on or off and adjust the scenes and lights as before. Now, however, all the lights you have assigned to this room are controlled. A fun trick in customizing is to create multiple "spaces" for a single section of your home. For example, during our tests, we set the light bar behind the TV stand as living room 1 and the normal light bulbs as living room 2. We use living room 2 to set normal lights, and the light bar is provided with a different color some additional ambiance. It's a very loose system so you can play with it and make it as granular as you want.
Creating a scene
We're not talking about that, the Homer Simpson creates when he goes public. The scenes in the Philips Hue app are presets that you create and customize. This feature lets you quickly switch to your favorite colors, dim the lights as needed, or even turn everything into a night-light mode. Their creation is very simple.
- The New Scene button is visible directly on the app's homepage. Click on it.
- Select the desired rooms for the new scene. Remember that you can change it later at any time.
- You are now on the build screen. First, tap to enter a name at the top.
- The default view is the color wheel. You can move the pointer and select the desired color.
- There are other options on the bottom. From left to right, options include choosing a color from a photo, white light selection, and color picker.
- If you're working with a photo, the app offers a number of options. You can then choose the desired color from these photos.
- The white light option allows you to set your lights to the same color as traditional incandescent bulbs. You can, however, control the heat or coldness of the light.
- The color option is the one you are used to now. Just pick a color and let it go.
- When you have selected your colors, click the button at the top to save your scene.
Scenes are great for saving your presets and quickly choosing between settings. In our home we have several scenes for each season. For the spring we choose greens and pinks, while the winter time turns blue.
 In the tutorials above, you should have a pretty good idea of how to edit your Philips Hue lights. It's a bit painful at first, but the most important thing is just learning muscle memory. You float around in the app and change your scenes fast enough!