Philips Hue Bridge Gen 2 Review
Have you ever imagined controlling your lights from your smartphone or tablet? Today this has become possible. You can even control your house lighting through your voice. This is a must product to enjoy all the benefits of the Philips Hue lights package. One Philips hue bridge can connect up to 50 connected lights. One is enough.
Through the bridge, you are able to connect your bulbs to the home internet. This gives you a control of your lighting through Smart devices like the Google Home or Echo dot. You can as well control them through the use of common applications. The apps give you the ability to control the bulb colors and different shades of your ambiance bulbs. It creates a mini Las Vegas right in your home. Who wouldn’t love that?
Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 Review
Before diving into the world of Phillips Hue Lighting, ensure you have an access to a wired internet connection to your router.
Let’s check out the device features;
Phillips Hue Bridge gives you a control of all your Philips Hue. All the access comes through the installation of a Philips Hue in your phone or your tablet. You can control the connected products even when away from home.
The bridge has the ability to hold up to 50 Philips Hue lights to the connection.
Gives you the ability to set timers and alarms thus enhancing your experience through the Philips Hue.
Phillips Hue system connects comfortably with a variety of home automation systems including, Apple home kit, Google home, Samsung smart things, Yale, Razer and Logitech among many others
The Philips hue bridge is the product you need to have a personal Phillips hue system. It is the brain which controls all your Phillips hue products through the Phillips hue app.
First and foremost, ensure your Apple devices are all updated to the latest version of iOS 9. You also need to download the updated version of the Phillips Hue app. The other older versions might lack same features and might actually fail to be compatible.
The Bridge 2.0 set is really easy. It has been made to easily hook up with your Wi-Fi router. You only need to press the starting button. It will bring onscreen instructions that you simply follow to make the device run smoothly.
The new bridge is a replacement of the old model. For the Hue users, however, you need to do replacement of the bridge to enjoy the new features. It, however, acts as the intermediary between your Hue lights and the controller app, just like the old model.
The best thing from the manufacturer is that you can simply update the application without losing your older settings.
The Hue Bridge 2.0 has been mainly designed because if Siri. It is finally possible to say let there be light, and the light was. You can now control you Hue system through phone, tablet or even your Apple watch.
This is great but the best of them all is that you can use Siri.
The system has been designed to understand various voice instructions. You can either give preset instructions on the app where you select different preset scenes. The scenes can recreate warm colors in the setting right in your home. The other option is using the voice prompts such as, “Hey Siri, turn on the sitting room light,” or “Hey Siri, dim the lamp by 70%.”
The voice commands are diverse to the point where you use a single command to control even the compatible Home kit tech connected to the system. Asking Siri to ‘wake up’ for instance, it’s a one voice command that will turn on the lights and set the thermostat to a cozy temperature. When evening comes you don’t have to assign the duties of switching the lights and locking the doors to your siblings. Telling Siri, ‘night mode’ is enough.
Compatible Home Kit
Phillips Hue Bridge will only enable you to gain control of Hue products. You can, therefore, access other Home Kit compatible devices. There are however home kit products like Elgato’s Eve sensors that work under the one voice Siri control but not through the app.
The upgrade however has incorporates the existing Hue devices. There is, therefore, no hue user left behind by the upgrade to the new bridge.
The introduction of the 2nd Generation Hue Bridge has come with new features and new ways to do things. The bridge itself is the whole difference.
You might be familiar with the original puck-shaped Hue Bridge but now the design is all new.it has a sleek classic design that you will admire having in your house.
The new version comes with a support for the Apple’s Home Kit smarthome platform. This is a feature that was not present with the older model. This gives you a platform where you can integrate your smarthome products into the iOS in a very seamless method.
The greatest development with the new version 2.0 of the Hue Bridge is the Siri support. You can use virtual assistant to have a control of compatible smart home products through the word of mouth. The first generation Hue Bridge cannot do this.
Bulbs in the version 2.0 are brighter. There has been an improvement on the bulbs focus in the second generation Hue Bridge. They are actually 200 lumens brighter than the first Hue bulbs. They shine at 800 lumens to the maximum compared to the older version shining at 600 lumens to the maximum. This is a noticeable difference in the light world as it affects the color temperatures including the brightness levels.
The version 2 bulbs are also able to get dim level which is much lower than the first generation. Unless the two bulbs are close to each other, you will rarely notice the difference.
If you buy a starter kit not only does it come with the latest generation bridge, it also comes with bulbs and in some, a Hue Tap or dimmer switch.
To Round Up
The Phillips Hue Bridge app has not really changed. The main change has come in, in the settings section. This is where you get to choose your Bridge and have a view of your lights and other connected devices. It’s is also a platform where you randomize different colors making a scene.
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