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Philips Hue, initially introduced in 2012, is a line of color changing LED lightbulbs and accessories created by Dutch company Philips. The line utilizes the Hue Bridge in order to facilitate control over LED lights and accessories. Control can be wielded directly from the Philips Hue app, or via systems like Apple’s HomeKit. HomeKit compatibility allows users to control Philips Hue lighting directly from Control Center, from the Home app, and from Siri.

Philips Hue Stories September 1

A new Philips Hue Spotify integration has been announced, and is rolling out to the Hue app from today. This will sync your color lights to the music you’re playing on Spotify, either fully automatically or with some degree of manual control.

Unlike third-party apps like Hue Disco, the integration doesn’t rely on your iPhone microphone to listen to the music …

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Philips Hue Stories July 29

Lightstrips are one of the most flexible and popular Hue products, and there’s an even better version on the way: the Philips Hue Gradient Lightstrip Ambiance.

While existing Lightstrips let you choose from 16 million colors, the Gradient takes this to a new level …

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Philips Hue Stories July 1

New Philips Hue bulbs are expected to launch around September. They will be brighter, offer new options, and likely will be part of the new project MATTER, which must be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa Smart Home, Apple’s HomeKit, and Google’s Weave protocols.

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Philips Hue Stories June 3

The Philips Hue app has been redesigned from scratch, greatly simplifying things like renaming lamps and moving them between rooms. Things that once required delving into the settings, sometimes two different places in Settings, can now be done right from the main screen.

The company says that there is more to come later in the year, including Dynamic Scenes, where the colors change gradually over time …

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Philips Hue Stories February 25

An upcoming Belkin HomeKit remote control to be known as the Wemo Stage has been discovered through FCC documents. Like the Philips Hue dimmer, there are several buttons that can be used to activate different devices and scenes, and it can either be used as a mobile remote or attached to a wall-plate.

The documents include photos that show a small white unit with three buttons…

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Philips Hue Stories January 14

An upcoming Philips Hue physical wall switch module will solve one of the biggest problems experienced by smart home fans who share a home with less techy people: If someone uses the physical wall switch to turn off a light, it can no longer be app- or Siri-controlled.

The smarts for controlling Hue bulbs are in the bulb itself – and they require mains power to receive and respond to app or Siri commands. That means if someone physically switches off the light, it’s no longer reachable until you physically switch it back on …

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Philips Hue Stories December 21, 2020

A pair of new Philips Hue products have leaked today, providing a glimpse at what the smart home company has in store for early 2021. As reported by Hueblog, Philips Hue will release a new Wave Linear outdoor lighting accessory in spring of 2021, as well as redesigned Smart Dimmer.

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Philips Hue Stories December 11, 2020

Some HomeKit projects are about convenience, some are about security, and others are just for fun. The Philips Hue Play lights certainly fit in the last category of HomeKit products.

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Philips Hue Stories November 12, 2020

Philips Hue lights now support HomeKit Adaptive Lighting for all users, after an earlier smaller-scale rollout. The feature is designed to match the color temperature of smart lights to the time of day, as Apple explains.

Light bulbs that change color can be automatically adjusted throughout the day to maximize comfort and productivity. You can ease into morning with warmer colors, stay focused and alert midday with cooler colors, and wind down at night by removing blue light …

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Philips Hue Stories October 20, 2020

PSA: Philips Hue outdoor power supply recalled due to potential damage and safety risk

Philips Hue has expanded its lineup of smart lights considerably over the years and that’s included its outdoor options. In an announcement today, the company shared that power supply units included with six Philips Hue outdoor products sold between 2018 and 2020 could short circuit and in “very rare cases” cause electrocution when touched.

Philips Hue Stories September 3, 2020

Signify today announced a variety of expansions of its Philips Hue smart lighting category. The HomeKit-compatible smart lighting collection now includes a reimagined Iris table lamp, a new gradient lightstrip, and more.

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Philips Hue Stories June 16, 2020

Signify has announced a trio of new Philips Hue lighting accessories today. The lineup includes a 1600 lumen Hue bulb, a new Bluetooth Lightstrip Plus, and a refreshed version of the Philips Hue Bloom table lamp. Head below for the details.

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Philips Hue Stories June 5, 2020

If you’re unhappy with Philips Hue bulb brightness, it appears the company is about to solve the problem with a new 1600 lumen version in an E27 fitting. That’s twice as bright as the current model, which is around 800 lumens –  equivalent to a jump from a conventional 60W bulb to a 100W one.

There are, however, two drawbacks with the new model …

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Philips Hue Stories May 28, 2020

Signify has announced an update for its Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box today that adds support for voice control with Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. There’s also now support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision content, and infrared remote control.

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Philips Hue Stories March 6, 2020

Philips says lights out for the original Hue Bridge as of April 30

If you’re still running the original Hue Bridge (the non-HomeKit-compatible round model), functionality will be limited after April 30. If your bridge is square, then you have the v2 and are unaffected – at least, for now …

Philips Hue Stories February 5, 2020

A Philips Hue vulnerability allows a hacker to take control of individual bulbs, switching them on or off at will, as well as changing both color and brightness. This can be done remotely using a laptop with radio transmitter. You can watch a demonstration video below.

While that risk remains, the company has acted to block an escalation vulnerability that previously allowed the attacker to compromise the Hue bridge and from there the rest of the network, including any PCs connected to it…

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Philips Hue Stories January 10, 2020

A new Bluetooth Philips Hue Lightstrip looks to be on the way as German site Hueblog spotted the company applying for FCC approval for two new models…

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Philips Hue Stories January 7, 2020

Signify’s Philips Hue outdoor light lineup is growing with a new wall-mounted fixture and new low-voltage spot and path lights. The latest HomeKit-supported products give customers even more options for personalized outdoor lighting.

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Philips Hue Stories December 13, 2019

Philips Hue catalog leaks new smart outdoor lighting products coming in 2020

The Philips Hue brand has established itself as a frontrunner in the world of HomeKit smart lighting. And it looks to be continuing to push the envelope in 2020 with a new lineup of outdoor products, thanks to leaked product catalog found by Hueblog.de.

Philips Hue Stories September 17, 2019

The newest Philips Hue product is slated for release soon and will allow users to sync up their smart lights and TV for a rich gaming and viewing experience. The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box connects between your set-top boxes, game consoles, etc. and your TV to offer smart light effects that match what’s happening on screen.

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Philips Hue Stories September 5, 2019

Signify, the Philips subsidiary behind Hue lighting, has announced a new Philips Hue Filament collection, as well as a new Smart Plug and Smart Button, a revised portable Hue Go, and more. Read on for all of the details on today’s Philips Hue announcements.

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Philips Hue Stories August 28, 2019

Earlier this summer, Philips debuted new Bluetooth smart lights that don’t require a bridge. Now, the company is set to further expand its smart lightning array with the Bluetooth-capable Philips Hue Fugato and Centura lights.

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Philips Hue Stories August 6, 2019

When Philips Hue first announced its line of outdoor smart lighting back at CES 2018, I was immediately intrigued. I was on-hand for the demo in Las Vegas and saw an answer to a problem that has seemingly plagued my outdoor spaces for years. There are plenty of lighting solutions for gardens and outdoor areas but most are clunky and unrefined. I’ve leaned on outdoor-grade smart plugs each Christmas for a while, but those lack the integrated dimming controls that are often best suited for landscape lighting.

The Philips Hue outdoor line arrived on the scene with an answer in-hand, and a hefty price tag to match. But what I found was a refined solution that met the needs of my burgeoning HomeKit setup while highlighting the unique architectural aspects of my home, which you can learn more about below.

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Philips Hue Stories June 27, 2019

Philips Hue smart lights have been among the most consumer friendly smart home upgrades on the market for years, and today a new addition to the connected bulb lineup is making the upgrade even easier. Signify is officially announcing Philips Hue with Bluetooth, all-new smart lights that don’t require a bridge for setup.

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