Philips Hue Release Timeline & History


We have rounded up the history and release notes of the Philips Hue lighting system. If you have any additions and changes that need making please contact us to let us know.

We shall update and expand this page over time and as and when there are new releases.

Hue Entertainment Released

Hue Entertainment Released

At CES 2018 Philips Hue announced the release of Hue Entertainment, a game changing feature that will bring a new dynamic to gaming and movies through your lighting. The first partnership to be announced was with Razer allowing the Hue lights to integrate with Razer Chroma-enabled devices.

Read full details here.

3rd Gen Hue Bulbs Released

Philips Hue 2.0 Released

Philips releases 3rd gen bulbs that are more vibrant producing much better greens and blues. You can identify the 3rd gen bulbs by looking for a 'richer color' logo at the top right corner of the packaging used on these bulbs, they also have a white plastic base to the bulbs with gold text.

Read our guide to the bulb differences.

Philips Introduces New Hue Motion Sensor

Philips Hue 2.0 Released
"The Philips Hue motion sensor not only provides hands-free control but also helps deliver peace of mind. You can be guided safely throughout your home at night with lighting," said Sridhar Kumaraswamy, Business Leader, Home Systems, Philips Lighting. "Plus, you no longer have to remind the kids to turn off the lights when leaving a room. The reliable detection the motion sensor provides when you exit supports this and also helps you be more energy efficient."

Hue Bridge 2.0 With HomeKit Compatibility

Philips Hue 2.0 Released

Philips Announces New Hue Bulbs, Hue Bridge 2.0 With HomeKit Compatibility

With Hue bulbs now working with Apple HomeKit, you can trigger lighting changes with voice commands using your iOS device. Siri can turn your lights on and off or dim them or change there color.

Philips Introduces New Hue Wireless Dimming Kit

Philips Hue 2.0 Released
"Getting ambiance at home has never been so simple; just screw in your bulb and press the dimmer switch to create your own personal dimmable glow. You can use the dimmer switch as a normal wall switch, or take it from the base plate and use it as a remote control for optimal convenience as it can be easily placed anywhere you desire. Plus, you don't have to get off the sofa to dim the lights anymore when watching your favorite TV show; you can even lower the lights from the warmth of your bed."

Read our full review here.

Philips Hue Released

Philips Hue Released

The Hue system was released in October 2012 as an Apple Store exclusive.

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