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New Power Feature To Retain Color When Turned Back On

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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 –

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.

Siri Shortcuts

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.

IFA electronics trade show

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.

Article written by Mike

Founder of Hue Home Lighting, huge Hue fan with Hue bulbs all over my home from kitchen to bedroom and garden.


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  1. Michael Fread

    I’ll believe it when I see it. This was a feature that was announced by the same individual as coming soon over 8 months ago.

    • Michael Fread

      Statement in an interview I believe. It’s been awhile ago. In any case, you’ll note it’s been another 3 months and this is still vaporware. I wish I’d invested in LIFX, they have superior color spectrum and have had this all along. They look more expensive but the lack of need for a hub causes it to work out about the same in the wash.

      It’s baffling why they would have chosen a dingy ugly yellow warm white instead of a bright daylight if they were actually concerned about emergency lighting in the first place. A proper daylight spectrum (concentrate) provides far better visibility at the same brightness level. Who did they poll before choosing that warm white color, senior citizens? That’s the bulb color everyone used in their homes back in the 80’s.

  2. Mark Smith

    Any update on date of release? This is by far my biggest complaint with the Hue system. We’ve been recently buying LIFX bulbs since they don’t exhibit the same behavior. Would really like to stick with Hue though.

  3. Stef

    No updates yet. Still checking the apple app store every day and hoping and praying this feature will be availible.

    When the update is released I will buy the gu10 bulbs for my whole house. That would be an investment, but I don’t care. The lights are important enough.

  4. Ethan H

    Still no update? This was such a big issue for us we ended up returning our Hue lights because of it. I’d love to repurchase them if this was fixed but we’re still waiting.

  5. Scot

    Yesterday I returned to my home after being evacuated more than three weeks due to the Camp Fire. I consider myself very fortunate to have a home to return to, as many of my neighbors do not. The first thing I noticed when I opened the door to my home is that all the Hue bulbs and light strips were fully on. I evacuated on November 8, 2018 after the local utility, PG&E, cut electrical power to the home and I was unable to pump water to fight the fire. On November 21, 2018 I noticed that the Home app on my iPhone was showing some of my smart devices were responding, and checking various logs and my electricity usage data at the PG&E web site confirmed that power to my home was restored on that date. Unfortunately, the evacuation orders covering the location of my home were not lifted until noon on December 2, 2018. This means that six Hue strip lights and at least four Hue bulbs were running continuously from November 21 until my return, which is confirmed by the usage data at the PG&E web site. That amounted to approximately 16 kWh/day of wasted electricity! The Home app did not show the status of the lights as on while I was evacuated, and still did not show the status as on after I returned home.

    When I returned home, I tried to turn the lights off from the Home app running on my iPhone, but the lights would not respond. I power cycled the Hue Hub, and that did not fix the problem. I ended up turning off the lamps by either unplugging them or using the switch on the bulb socket.

    This morning I did a google search to help me resolve this problem and found this thread. I launched the Hue app on my iPhone and it asked if I wanted to install a firmware update to the Hue hub, I answered yes and was presented with a progress bar. When the bar completed, I was again asked if I wanted to upgrade the Hue hub. Again I answered yes, and the update started. When the progress bar completed, it disappeared from the screen and the app froze. I hit the Home button on the iPhone and re-launched the Hue app, and was asked if I wanted to add devices to my Hue hub. It seems that all of the devices had been deleted when the update was applied to the Hue hub.

    To say that I am not pleased at all with the behavior of the Hue hub and lamps is a huge understatement. And it would appear that I am even luckier than I thought, for I not only did the Camp Fire miss burning my home down, but none of the Hue lamps started a fire inside the home while they were on continuously for the past eleven days.What’s more, I now I have to go through the laborious routine of adding each of the ten or so Hue lamps back to the Hue Hub so that they will once again be useful. But before I do that, it would also appear I need to delete the lamps from the Apple Home app to avoid confusing the iCloud tally of installed devices in my home.

    Has anyone else run into this situation? At this point I’ll be disconnecting all Hue devices in my home until I speak with Philips tech support because they are unreliable and have shown themselves to be a safety hazard.

    BTW, I tried to create a new topic for this post, but the data entry page to do so had a text entry field so narrow top to bottom that no text could be entered. I tried it on both Chrome and Safari to no avail.

  6. Mark S

    Still checking for an update everyday, only a few weeks left before the end of the year. I get hopeful every time the iOS app is updated but keep getting disappointed by useless ‘features’ intended to drive sales when such basic functionality is missing.

  7. Unhappy Camper

    Any update on this? I am currently waiting before purchasing the rest of the bulbs for my house as this is a necessary feature…

    • Drew

      The developer portal says they’re planning on a staged rollout before the end of the year, but they’ve missed those deadlines before so I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

  8. B.

    Showed up in my app!

    Nov 28, 2018
    Software version: 1.46.13_r26312

    Affected products (Hue Bulbs (E26/E27/E12/E14/BR30/GU10), Hue Lightstrips, Hue Lamps);
    Reliability, behavioural and security improvements;
    Smoothening of light transitions in entertainment mode;
    Enabling power-on behavior feature.


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