Philips Launches New Hue Bridge With HomeKit Compatibility

Philips Launches New Hue Bridge 2.0 With HomeKit Compatibility

Philips added help for Apple’s HomeKit framework to its Hue sensible mild bulb product line. Sadly, present Hue customers might want to buy a model new bridge as the prevailing bridge isn’t suitable with HomeKit. With that stated, right here’s what to anticipate from the brand new bridge.

In the event you’re an iOS consumer, HomeKit might change the best way you employ your related objects round your property. First, you’ll be able to management HomeKit-suitable units utilizing Siri. Second, you possibly can group them collectively. For example, you possibly can join your storage door and lightweight bulb collectively in order that everytime you open or shut the storage door, the sunshine routinely switches on.

For now, the Philips Hue app solely helps the Siri half — you possibly can’t combine Hue lights with different merchandise. Nevertheless it might change in a future software program replace. And in case your different product helps pairing with HomeKit merchandise, you’ll be able to truly add Hue lights from their apps.

HomeKit system makers embrace ecobee3, Elgato, iHome, Insteon, Lutron, iDevices and Schlage. Different producers are nonetheless engaged on up to date software program or hardware merchandise.

After putting in the brand new Hue bridge and updating the app, you possibly can ask Siri a number of issues to customise your lights, comparable to “Hey Siri, flip all lights yellow” or “Hey Siri, set the lounge lamp to twenty %.”

The Hue Bridge prices $60, and present Hue house owners can get a $20 low cost. It is going to be obtainable on October 6 as a standalone product, or in a package deal with up to date Hue mild bulbs.

The prevailing bridge doesn’t work with HomeKit because of hardware limitations. The brand new bridge doesn’t have any further function. It has a brand new app icon-formed design and nonetheless is available in white.

The up to date shade bulbs are a bit brighter than the prevailing ones at 800 lumens as an alternative of 600 lumens. The white bulbs even have a brand new brighter variant at 800 lumens as an alternative of 750 lumens. The LightStrip was additionally up to date. All these new bulbs include “elevated inner storage.” I’m unsure why Philips want extra inner storage in your bulbs…