Philips Hue New ‘Power on Behavior’ Feature Added
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 have released an app update allowing you to use the Last on State and ‘Power-on behaviour’. This function allows your lights to go back to their current color or a different color when the power is turned off and back on again via the mains. At the moment the Hue bulbs would go to a bright white state when turned back on.
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.
Some users have reported that some of their hue bulbs say that the power on behaviour is not supported.
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.
Using iConnectHue or hue Dynamic
While this update to the Hue app does the job, third party apps iConnectHue and HueDynamic have released an update to their comprehensive and powerful apps allowing access to this function and giving more options then the two provided on the official Hue app.
iConnectHue for iOS
iConnectHue is a powerful app designed for iPhone and iPad that gives you all the function of the Hue app plus a lot lot more. Within the app you can now set the state and color your Hue bulbs go when powered back on at the mains power.
In the update blurb it says –
“It’s not long until Christmas – but we already have some presents for you: A functionality to define the startup behaviour of your lights after losing power! By now you can access this setting for each light under the “i” symbol, which reveals our brand new light controller! This controller tells you more details about the light, iConnectHue will tell you what you can do to with this light and help you with its firmware update.
These startup modes are available:
- Warm white – as you know it
- Last state – if off then off, if on then on
- Last color – always turn on with last color
- Color – define which color your lights should turn on with”
We have reviewed the iConnectHue app here, certainly worth considering if you are an Apple user.
hueDynamic Pro for iOS and Android
With HueDynamic you can choose between 3 options, safety, which is bright white as it works now, ‘power failure’, a good option that prevents the lights coming on in the night if they are turned off. If the light is off then it will remain off when it has power again, otherwise it will go to its last state. And finally ‘Last on state’ which will go back to whatever the last setting was when it was on.
A fourth option will be added in the comings days to let you set the color too.
In the release notes they said – “HueDynamic Pro (188.8.131.52) has now been updated to allow you to set the new Philips start-up mode for supported lights that have been upgraded to the latest Hue firmware. Philips are releasing the new firmware to batches of lights over the next few weeks, starting with the newer products. Many have already been updated, so now no need to wait for the Philips app.”
If you want to find out more about the official Hue app update and the new ‘Power-on behaviour’ function then click here.
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