New Power Feature Added To Retain Color When Turned Back On
At last! Philips have updated their app to allow you to set the last on state when after a power failure. This is option is under settings and called ‘Power-on behaviour’. Ensure all your bulbs are updated, if not it will say ‘Not supported’. If the bulb has the latest updates tab you can click through to edit.
Philips Hue default color
You are given two options
- Philips Hue default – Warm white, full brightness
- Power loss recovery – Last used color and brightness
Hue Last State On/Off
All Hue lights need to be powered all the time and therefore the mains switch is left turned on. If there is a power cut in your home, once it comes back on, all your Hue bulbs light up bright white. This was set as a safety measure so that incase of an emergency your lights are fully bright and you can see.
With this new feature called ‘Power-on behaviour’ the bulbs will save its last state so when turned on and off or if power is lost, once powered back up it will go back to its last state.
- So if it was set as blue before, it would come back on in that blue color.
- If the bulb was turned off, then it would remain off even when the power comes back on.
You can set each individual light point in your home to one of the two “power on behaviors”, 1. Philips Hue default, 2. Power failure robustness. These options can be set per lamp, per room, or for your entire home at once.
The new feature will be rolled out throughout the year and available for all Hue lights, it shall be an update via the Hue app and will then give an option in the settings for power fail on.
Please note to use this you must ensure your app and bulbs are up to date. You also need a second gen bridge, this feature will not show if you are using a first gen bridge.
What about setting your own colors?
The hue app only has two options for setting the state when powered back on, however they have recently announced the ability to set the color will be coming soon and likely to be released next month.
Power-on behavior will be totally customizable: when your power goes out, you choose what happens with your Hue lights once the power is restored. Coming February 2019! #CES2019 pic.twitter.com/KiXiPbNmx6
— Philips Hue (@tweethue) January 9, 2019
There are already other apps that have been released that give these extra options, iConnect Hue and Hue Dynamic are third party apps but offer more function and options using the Power-on behaviour setting and function. Read more about this here – iConnectHue and HueDynamic Add ‘Last on State’ Feature.
What about Ikea bulbs?
Third party bulbs such as the Ikea Tradfri range won’t work and it will just say ‘not supported’ in the app. This is because the bulb update is only for Hue bulbs.
The update is long over due, it is simple to use and works well in the Hue app. However that being said it seems basic as there are only 2 options, of which on was the default we already have. Other third party apps such iConnectHue and HueDynamic have added a ‘Last on State’ feature, however they have a bit more function as you can change the color the bulb comes on as in default, so instead of the full bright, warm white, you can set it to be a cooler white or a completely different color.
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