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How to Use Siri to Control Your Philips Hue Lights

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With home automation, management and control of systems in a home has become hassle-free for homeowners. Smart homes are also a popular option for real estate enthusiasts and home buyers. The ability to control home devices and appliances from networked devices such as smartphones is so fulfilling and empowering. The peace of mind that comes with an automated home has made life easier for many homeowners.

While remote control of most devices in a home is possible thanks to automation systems, it is advisable to give preference to the commonly used devices and systems in a home. The lights are one perfect amenity that through automation has brought convenience in homes. With the help of apps and Wi-Fi connection, homeowners are now able to switch on and off their lights at the comfort of their connected devices.

Using Siri to control your Hue Lights

Technological innovation has not stopped at this as some would expect. When you come to think about it, launching a lighting app on your device may take you almost the same effort it would take you to flick a light switch. In this regard, innovation has introduced a perfect solution for lights automation; voice commands. One wireless lighting system that has proved to support this innovation is Phillips Hue. The variety of colours that this lighting system provides has made it indispensable for any smart home.

Is apple’s virtual assistant Siri compatible with Philips hue control?

Siri has proven to be a robust system software for many apple devices. Its integration of voice queries and actions through recommendations and requests to internet services has made apple devices user’s life facile. The update of Phillips Hue app to use Siri for lighting control was highly adopted by Phillips smart lights users and apple device owners. Siri can successively suggest when to control your Phillips hue lights or with a single command, turn the lights on and off.

To use Siri for Hue control here is the hardware and software set up needed:

Install upgraded Phillips Hue lights- As mentioned earlier, Phillips smart bulbs can replicate all colours in the light spectrum. Since there is an old version of Phillips smart bulbs that did not support Apple’s HomeKit integration, you should make sure that you purchase the upgraded version.

Install the Hue app on your device- To use this service; you must first have an updated Hue app installed in your device. The updated app should support the Apple

Homekit and Siri commands to light your Phillips smart bulbs.

Connect the Phillips Hue app and Homekit- Go to the settings app of your Apple device and on the search bar, type home data. This will navigate you to the Phillips Hue app where you should enable the Home data setting for your Hue app to access HomeKit.

Integrate Philips Hue Bridge with Homekit- Launch the Phillips Hue app, go to settings and select HomeKit and Siri. On successful searching for your home bridge, the app will bring a pair bridge option. Click on this option and choose your HomeKit. Scan the HomeKit code on the back of your Hue Bridge when the scanner pop up appears. Lastly click on update rooms when the HomeKit rooms do not match message appears.

How to control Hue with Siri

There are two main methods you can use to control Hue with Siri, suggestions and scenes. Let’s explore each of them.

Siri suggestions

As with other actions, Siri picks up those lighting activities that you frequently do in your home. With this, Siri provides on the Apple device search page, suggestions to perform these actions.

If you, for example, switch on or off your Phillips Hue lights, Siri can pick up the action and offer suggestions to do the same when that particular time arrives. While this is the simplest way to control Hue with Siri, it may take some time for Siri to pick up your lighting patterns. This second method is a more reliable one, in this regard.

HomeKit scenes

A scene is a single command that controls multiple devices. In Hue lights automation, typical scenes include the night-time and day-time scenes. A HomeKit Scenes should engage and put into actions all your Hue light bulbs through Siri commands.

How to create a new HomeKit scene

Go to the settings of the Phillips Hue app, navigate to the HomeKit and Siri and click the new scene button on the top left corner. A HomeKit scene name is required for each lighting scene. Here, it is advisable to use words that are easily recognizable by Siri.

Since many Siri-action confusions have been related to naming, you should make your scene names as straightforward as possible! To speed up the process of creating new HomeKit scenes, make use of Siri dictation when delegating names. This comes in handy when you are especially creating many lighting scenes.

From the time Phillips updated their Hue lights to support apple’s Siri and HomeKit, it has become hassle-free to perform actions such as turning on and off Hue lights, turning on a colour loop and dimming lights in a home. As long as you come up with explicit lighting scenes and shortcuts for Siri to recognize, you should not find any trouble using Siri to control your Philips Hue lights.


Founder & Editor

Mike is the founder of Hue Home Lighting, a huge Hue fan with far too many lights, covering home and garden. A smart home gadget addict and also enjoys the odd bit of DIY

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