How to Set up & Use your Hue Lights – A Beginners Guide
Philips Hue has revolutionised how you have always imagined lighting to work in your house. It is a WiFi-enabled lighting system that can help you in remotely controlling the lights in your house or office and turning them off and on using a button on your smartphone. You can either control the lighting from your Android or Apple smartphone using an app or use smart-home-controlling devices such as the Amazon Echo.
If you a tech enthusiast wanting to turn your abode into a smart home, Philips Hue can take care of all the lights to get you started. In this guide, we will help you with all the basic information you need to know about Philips Hue that will help you set it up in your house.
What is Philips Hue?
Philips Hue is Philips Line up of smart bulbs that have the ability to work with any standard light sockets so you don’t have to worry about changing all the old-school sockets from the house. With the help of some extra internal components, Philips Hue can connect to your old sockets in one hand and an app on your smartphone, so it can control it wirelessly.
Philips Hue comes in a variety of options. But the one that is most popular is the Hue White and Colour Starter Kit.
This kit comprises three Hue light bulbs that can do many fancy things along with a Hue bridge. For the bulbs to work, they need to be connected to the wireless system in your house. This is where the Hue bridge comes into action. It acts as a middleman and a hub that connects the light bulbs on one hand and the WiFi router on the other hand to complete the connection.
What do you need for Philips Hue?
To use Philips Hue you only need a couple of things, you need a Hue starter kit, or a Hue bulb and a Hue bridge, and you also need a wireless router.
- Hue Starter Kit
- Wireless Router
The hue starter kit is good value and if you are new to hue then this gives you a couple of bulbs depending on your needs and the Hue bridge. A wireless router is also needed as the bridge itself is not wireless. The bridge is connected to your wireless router via an ethernet cable, so would need to be installed close by.
It is important to note that although a wireless router is needed, an internet connection is not, and it will therefore work without one, features such as geo fencing and being able to change the lights while away does require an internet connection, however you can use Hue perfectly fine when at home without a connection.
How to set Philips Hue
When you buy your Philips Hue starter kit, in the box you get the following things – a power adaptor, two or three light bulbs (based on the type of the starter kit that you buy), a Hue bridge and an ethernet cable.
How to set up a Philips Hue bulb
First things first – add the light bulbs to the fixtures in the house you want to control remotely. Now turn the switches that control these bulbs on. When you turn the switches on, the bulbs will start to glow instantly, which is an indicator that the bulbs are working fine. Now they are ready to be connected to the Hue bridge.
How to set up a Philips Hue Bridge
Using the power adapter, plug in the Hue bridge on one side of the adaptor and connect the other side to a power outlet in your house. Now connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the Hue bridge and using the other end connect the Ethernet cable to an Ethernet port available on the back of your WiFi router or modem. The Ethernet cable is extremely important to establish the connection between the Hue bridge and the WiFi router because the Hue bridge does not have an inbuilt WiFi, so it must use the WiFi network that works in your house to turn the lights into smart lights.
Once you connect the Hue bridge to the WiFi router, all the four lights on the Hue bridge will light up. This is an indicator that the WiFi connection is now working and the Philips Hue is now ready to be set up.
Now using your App store or Android store on your iPhone or Android phones, search and download the Philips Hue Gen 2 app. Don’t get confused by a plethora of apps that are available in the store. Just look for the authentic, official one from Philips and download it. Once your download is successful, open the app on your smartphone. The app will automatically begin searching for the Hue bridge that you’d earlier connected to the WiFi network.
Once you see your Hue bridge in the list of devices found on the app, click Set up. Next, go to your Hue bridge and press the round big button located in the centre of the device. Wait for the message that says Connected and then click Accept. You are now connected. If you are an avid Siri user, you can connect it with Siri.
Now bring your phone closer to the Hue bridge to scan the accessory code located at the back of the bridge. Now your bridge will start to detect all the lights that you have added to your home. Keep clicking the Add button to add the lights as they are detected. You can also change the names and give each light a unique name so you can remember easily which light you have put where.
You can also set lights and group them together for a room, such as a bedroom, kitchen or living room for example.
There are a whole range of Hue bulbs you can now buy, indoor and outdoor bulbs and fittings as Philips expand the outdoor range. View all Hue bulbs here.
How to use Philips Hue
Once your set up is finished, you are ready to see your Philips Hue in action. Open the app on your phone and click on the main screen. You will see all the rooms that you had previously added. Now using the swipe buttons next to each room, you can switch the lights off and on and remotely control them. You can also adjust the brightness of those lights and make them dimmable if you like.
If you want to control these lights from a location outside your home you’ll have to become a registered user on the Philips website. You can do so by clicking the More button located in the bottom right corner of the app. Then click on login to my Hue and then follow the login procedure to sign up on the Philips website and also get connected to their online community to helps brainstorm should you have any questions about your Philips Hue starter kit.
The Philips Hue starter kit is a great way to start making your home start by starting with the lights. Although the starter kit comes with either two or three light bulbs, once you have set up the entire kit and have got the heck of how everything works, you can buy a bigger Hue bridge and buy loose light bulbs to add more to your house and to the smart home that you have just created.
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