New Power Feature To Retain Color When Turned Back On
Philips announced today at the IFA electronics trade show a couple of new features regarding their Hue lights.
At last! The big news for us from this is the announcement of a new power feature that’s designed to allow Hue lights to retain their color and brightness settings if the light is manually turned on and off via the main light switch, or if there is a power cut. This has been a common complaint, and request via Hue users.
Hue Last State On/Off
All Hue lights need to be powered all the time and therefore the mains switch is left turned on. At the moment 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 coming soon 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 see it in action and confirmed here –
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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.
As well as this new power feature, Philips is planning to introduce support for Apple’s Shortcuts feature in its Hue app in iOS 12.
The Hue shortcuts will be compatible with other shortcuts, so you can have a whole “Dinner Time” setup that not only changes the lights, but also does things like turn on music and text family members that the food is ready.
They will also be partnering with companies such as Makris, Kichler, Busch-Jaegar, Illumra, Koizumi, and John Lewis in the UK for its Friends of Hue program.
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