Philips Hue Overview Updated October 3, 2018

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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 October 3

If you’ve been looking forward to the Philips Hue Siri Shortcuts support promised back in August, you’ll be pleased to hear that it has now landed.

We are excited to introduce Siri Shortcuts for Hue. Siri now learns when you are using your favorite scenes and suggests them for quick activation right on your lock screen, Siri search or Siri watch-face. You can also record personal phrases to activate your favorite scenes and include them as actions in the Apple Shortcuts app …

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Philips Hue Stories August 31

Philips currently offer two types of wall switch for their Hue devices. There’s the Smart Dimmer Switch, with a form factor close to a standard US wall switch, and the Tap – a self-powered four-button device, with no need for a battery. It’s powered by the kinetic energy generated by pressing the buttons.

It seems that a kind of hybrid version of the two is currently in the works …

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Philips Hue Stories August 30

Philips announced today at IFA 2018 in Berlin that it will update the Hue app for iOS with support for Siri Shortcuts. With Siri Shortcuts integration, Hue users will be able to further customize their Shortcuts to include Hue-specific lighting settings.

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Philips Hue Stories August 20

If you’re using Philips Hue lightstrips to add accent lighting behind an entertainment console or desk but want to throw more light onto your wall, a new product announced today looks like it could fit the bill: the Philips Hue Play.

A second product – a kind of rigid, vertical lightstrip called the Signe lamp (above) – provides a neat way to throw color lighting up a wall or into the corner of a room …

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Philips Hue Stories August 10

Philips seems to be aiming to move on from just selling bulbs to go into other people’s lights to selling you entire light fixtures.

Two of the new Hue products were already leaked – a bathroom mirror and an outdoor lightstrip – but the company kept the rest under wraps until today …

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Philips Hue Stories July 27

Philips is further expanding its Hue smart lighting lineup. Today, the listing for the company’s Adore bathroom lighted mirror has shown up on the company’s website.

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