How to migrate your smart bulbs to the new philips hue bridge

You maybe running the first gen Hue Bridge, and have reached the time to upgrade, or you wish to transfer your settings to a new bridge. There are no ways to back up your settings but transferring your settings from one bridge to another is simple and straight forward.

How to upgrade to a new Philips Hue Bridge

If you are not sure which bridge you have then you can tell from the image below.

How to transfer lights & settings to a new Bridge

Transferring from a 1st gen Hue bridge to a new 2nd Gen bridge is simple to do:

  • Ensure your old/current Bridge is connected to your network
  • Set up your new Bridge and connect it to the same network
  • Open the Hue app
  • Go to Settings >Hue bridges
  • Tap the information icon next to your Bridge
  • Tap Transfer settings >Prepare Transfer
  • Press the button on your old Bridge
  • Press the button on your new Bridge
  • Tap Start transfer
  • The transfer can take a few minutes, once complete test your lights by tapping blink to ensure they still all work

Once complete you can then disconnect your old Hue bridge. If you wish to sell this then you can reset it to manufacturer settings by pressing the pinhole at its back for at least three seconds. These will delete all settings and connected bulbs.

Backing up your Bridge Settings

Unfortunately there is no way to back up your settings, or save them externally from your Hue bridge, at the moment the best that can be done it transferring them to a new bridge.

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Philips recently released a new Hue bridge with support for Apple’s new HomeKit bridge. Read on as we show you how to migrate your old Hue bulbs to your new system as well as how to take advantage of the HomeKit integration.

How And Why Do I Want To Do This?

The entire push behind the new Hue bridge is to add support for Apple’s HomeKit home management and automation system. If you don’t use iOS and you don’t care about HomeKit then there’s little reason to upgrade to the new bridge.

The old bridge works just fine (and even supports the newer Hue Lux bulbs as well as the very newest updated Hue bulbs and products which were released at the same time as the updated bridge). The bottom line is that you only need the new bridge if you want Apple HomeKit integration.

Hue Bridge 2.0, at left, beside the old Bridge 1.0.

The new bridge can be acquired one of two ways. If you want the bridge right this minute you can purchase a new Hue starter kit for $199. As of the publication of this guide that’s the only place you’ll get your hands on a bridge. (But, for the price, you’ll also get an additional three new Hue bulbs which are brighter and have more accurate color than the older Hue bulbs).

Once supply catches up with demand you’ll be able to purchase a Hue Bridge 2.0 as a stand alone purchase for $59 according to Philips and, per the Hue Bridge 2.0 product page, existing Hue users can use the unique ID of their Hue Bridge 1.0 device to get a coupon code for 33 percent off the upgrade to a Bridge 2.0 unit (which would lower the upgrade cost to $40). The promotional discount for existing users will be available starting November 1st.

Migrating to the new bridge isn’t a herculean task, but the upgrade path isn’t immediately clear and there are a few pitfalls worth avoiding. Let’s dive into upgrading now.

How To Migrate From Hue Bridge 1.0 to Bridge 2.0

The migration process between the first version of the bridge and the second is pretty painless but one thing you’ll notice right off the bat when you unbox your Hue starter kit or replacement bridge is that there aren’t any immediate instructions. There is in fact a migration wizard but the wizard doesn’t appear until you plug in the new bridge and open the Hue app (and things need to be done in the right order) so let’s get right down to ensuring you follow that order and avoid any unnecessary headaches.

Before you go any farther we would recommend a very small preparation: go around your home and ensure that all your existing Hue (or Hue-compatible) bulbs are currently online and operational. Because we tirelessly test everything on your behalf we found, after numerous resets and configuration tests, that the transition went the smoothest when all bulbs were “live” even if they weren’t currently in use.

Add The New Bridge

The first order of business is to unbox your new bridge hook it up to your router via the included Ethernet cable and then plug in the power cable. Do not remove your old Bridge 1.0 from the network or power it down. It is very important that your old bridge remain active for now.

With the new bridge on the network and powered up, open up the Philips Hue application on your iOS device and navigate to Settings via the menu button in the upper left corner.

At the top of the Settings menu, make a note of the ID number of your current bridge (under the My Bridge entry) and then click “Find Bridge”. In the subsequent menu, tap “Search” to locate your new Philips Huge Bridge 2.0 on the network.

Once the bridge is detected you will be presented with a list of the existing bridges. Note, in the above image, that there are two entries that begin with 12 (the physical bridge and the virtual “my Hue” entry that uses the same physical bridge). The new entry, which begins with 21 (the ID number of the new physical bridge) is the one we wish to select. Your ID numbers will vary but the only thing of importance is that you select the ID for the new device.

Initiate Bridge Transfer

After adding the new bridge you can begin the transfer process by navigating to Settings -> My Bridge.

This will start the transfer wizard which, unlike the process for getting to the transfer wizard itself, is pretty self explanatory.

Select “Prepare transfer” and then follow along with the onscreen instructions. You’ll press the link button on your old bridge and then the link button on your new bridge.

Once the two are communicating with each other, indicated by a green check make and a “Read to transfer” text, you simply press “Start transfer” and your old bulbs will be shuttled over to the new bridge. If everything goes smoothly you’ll receive a confirmation and be offered the ability to blink all your lights to visually confirm they are added to the new control bridge.

The very last step is to take your old Hue bridge, emphasis on the old part, and press the physical reset button located on the back of the bridge unit with a pen tip or paperclip in order to reset the device. Once reset, simply unplug the old bridge.

At this point it’s time to check in on your scenes and settings to confirm that everything survived the transfer A-OK. If you do find that a particular bulb didn’t make the jump (if this happens it seems to happen most frequently with third-party bulbs).

Linking Your New Bridge To Siri/HomeKit

While the primary focus of this guide was to help you migrate your old bulbs to your new bridge, the main reason anyone even gets the new bridge in the first place is to use Siri and HomeKit with their light bulbs.

You’ll find the Siri/HomeKit integration under Settings -> Siri Voice Control, within the Hue app. Although the Hue app does a decent job guiding you through the setup process there are most definitely some nuances to a smooth and happy Hue and HomeKit experience.

In light of that we’d highly recommend you check out our previous article How to Use Siri to Control the Lights In Your House for a more in depth look. Even though it takes a few extra minutes to set up and voice-controlled home automation still has some rough edges, it really is satisfying on all kinds of futurology/geeky levels to say “Hey Siri, turn off the lights” at the end of the day and the lights do, in fact, turn off.

Have a pressing tech question about smart bulbs, home automation, HomeKit, or any other smart home concern? Shoot us an email at [email protected] and not only will we do our best to answer it but it just might be the seed for a future how-to guide.

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If you are still using the original Philips Hue Bridge with your smart lighting but want to make the move to the sweet HomeKit and Siri life, then its time for an upgrade. Making the switch requires the latest Philips Hue Bridge, your existing Philips Hue app, and a little bit of patience. Here’s our guide on how to get the job done in no time.

Products used in this guide

  • HomeKit enabled Hue Bridge: Philips Hue Bridge ($60 at Amazon)
  • Legacy Philips Hue Bridge App: Philips Hue Bridge v1 (Free at App Store)

How to transfer your Hue lights to the latest HomeKit-enabled bridge

  1. Leave your old bridge plugged into both power and Ethernet. You’ll need it active for the transfer.
  2. Plug in your new bridge to both power and Ethernet as well. (I had to “borrow” my Apple TV connection; do what must be done.)
  3. Launch the Hue app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
  4. Tap the Hamburger button to open the sidebar.
  5. Tap Bridge transfer under Notifications.

Tap Transfer settings to begin the process.

Press the button on your new bridge.

  • If your new bridge came as part of a kit, you’ll first have to reset it to clear the pre-paired lights.
  • Press the reset button on the back of the new bridge with a pin or pen tip (I used a SIM ejector tool, because!)
  • Wait a minute for the new bridge to reset.

Tap Next when you’re happy.

  • Press the reset button on the back of the old bridge with a pin or pen tip (I used a SIM ejector tool, because!) to prevent any future conflicts.
  • Unplug your old bridge and do what you will with it.
  • Tap Done.
  • Your new, HomeKit-compatible, Siri-powered Hue light system should now be good to go! Once you have made the upgrade, you will need the latest Philips Hue app to control your lighting.

    You will also be able to control your lights through the Home app, which keeps all of your HomeKit accessories in one easy to use place. Need a rundown of the Home app and everything that it can do? Check out our handy guide.

    Our top equipment picks

    The most recent Philips Hue Bridge is the only way to add your existing lights to HomeKit. Although it comes with an updated look, it pretty much works the same as before. Plug it in to your home router, and give it some power and you will be ready to go in the Philips Hue app. The large pairing button on the front works the exact same, just press it when required to find your latest gear.

    HomeKit Enabled

    Philips Hue Bridge

    The brains behind it all

    The latest generation Philips Hue Bridge has everything you need to upgrade your lighting to HomeKit.

    • $60 at Amazon
    • $60 at Best Buy

    Additional Equipment

    You may have noticed that the HomeKit enabled Philips Hue Bridge can cost a pretty penny, putting it up there with the price of some of starter kits. If you don’t mind starting things over from scratch, you can bypass the upgrade process and start anew with one of the latest bundles that include new bulbs and the bridge. Here are our top picks for the newest Hue hotness.

    Philips Hue White Starter Kit ($70 at Amazon)

    If you don’t mind starting fresh, this starter kit gives you two shiny new all-white bulbs, plus the latest HomeKit bridge.

    Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance Starter Kit ($196 at Amazon)

    This bundle includes the Philips Hue bridge and four of the latest and greatest color capable bulbs that have better color reproduction and Bluetooth.

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    A total reset is probably your best option

    As we have written about on GearBrain before, it can make sense to leave some smart home devices behind when you move to a new house or apartment.

    Smart lighting is an obvious example here, especially if you have a home full of lights that, if left in place, could become an attractive selling point for buyers.

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    If you have just a couple of smart lights scattered around, then by all means take them with you. But if you have smart lights spread across the ceilings of every room, connected lighting installed in the garden and switches fitted throughout the home, buyers might well pay a premium to inherit your old tech.

    For this piece we will look at Philips Hue, as it is one of the most popular smart lighting systems. That said, the guidance here can be applied to other systems too. As with leaving any smart home devices behind when you move, the key here is to completely log yourself out of the system and leave it in a state where the buyer can easily set everything up for themselves.

    Check out deals on Philips Hue Starter Kits

    Deleting individual bulbs from your Hue system

    If you plan to leave just a few bulbs behind – such as those more permanently installed in the garden – the best option is to take the rest of the system with you, including the Bridge, sensors and switches, and delete the bulbs you leave behind.

    To delete a Hue bulb from your system, follow these instructions:

    1. Open the Hue smartphone app
    2. Tap on Settings then Lights
    3. Tap on the bulb you want to delete
    4. Tap Delete then Delete Light

    Now, when the buyer moves in and connects a Hue Bridge of their own, the deleted bulbs will be ready to add to their system.

    Hue lights installed in the garden might well be left behind when moving home Philips Hue

    What to do with a Hue Bridge when moving house

    The heart of a Hue system is the Bridge. This connects to your internet router and to every Hue device in your home. In theory, you could take your Hue Bridge with you when moving home, then connect it to a new set of bulbs at the new property, while leaving the buyer of your home to add a new Bridge of their own.

    However, this could cause problems when setting up your new system and we think it is best to make a clean break and a fresh start, especially given how complicated smart lighting systems, along with their various accessories and third-party integration, can be.

    If you plan to leave more than just a handful of bulbs behind, we suggest you leave the entire system, including switches, sensors and the Bridge.

    You cannot hand over a Philips Hue account to a new owner

    In an ideal world, it would be possible to change the email address of your Hue account to that of the new owner. That way, they could log in and take over your system, complete with bulb names, rooms and automations already setup. Unfortunately, this is not possible. The email address associated with a Hue account cannot be changed.

    There is a factory reset button on the back of the Philips Hue Bridge Signify

    Factory resetting a Hue Bridge

    Instead, we recommend giving the buyer a fresh start. This means a factory reset of the Bridge, which cuts all ties between the bulbs, switches and other accessories, and deletes room names, zones and automation too.

    To do this, locate your Hue Bridge, turn it over and press a paperclip or similar into the hole labeled ‘restore factory settings’. Hold the button for a few seconds until the Bridge light flashes, and the system will be restored to an as-new state.

    Now, when the buyer moves in they can create a new Hue account from scratch, connect the Bridge to their router and set up an entirely new smart lighting system. All of the bulbs and accessories you left behind will be reset too, ready to be reconnected to the Bridge and given whatever names the new owner wants. They can then split the lights up into rooms and create automations to suit their own preferences.

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    A factory reset is also the best course of action if you have connected your Hue system with Alexa, Google Home or Apple HomeKit, as it removes those ties and means there is no way of you accidentally retaining control of the Hue devices you leave behind.

    To conclude, whatever smart lighting system you have, we recommend you delete the individual lights you plan to leave behind (if taking the rest of the system with you), or to factory reset the system if you aren’t taking it to your new home. Even if transferring ownership of an account is possible, we would not recommend taking this route. It may be the quickest and simplest way to hand over control – and save the buyer from setting everything up again – but for peace of mind we recommend factory resetting and making a fresh start.

    Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility find engine to see the other compatible products that work with Philips Hue smart lights

    The Philips Hue app offers you a convenient way of controlling your Hue smart bulbs, but did you know it’s possible to use the app to control the Ikea Trådfri?

    You can now add more smart bulbs at your home without the need to spend more and that is through synchronization of the Ikea Trådfri with your Philips Hue App. Philips Hue uses the Zingbee Light Link protocol, so many of the products that are ZingBee compliant will easily sync with the Hue Bridge. You could even try this system with alternative hue bulbs from Osram and GE.

    Ikea Trådfri Working with Philips Hue

    However, although this sounds impressive, it might not be the rosy walk you would expect it is. There are many things you need to get right for the setup to work seamlessly.

    There are several rules that you should observe to ensure you don’t encounter problems trying to connect the bulb to the Hue system.

    If the software version of your IKEA smart lighting products is 1.2.x or later, you can connect them directly to a Philips Hue Bridge.

    Simply follow these steps:

    • First of all, make sure that the light sources you want to connect have an updated software version (1.2.x or later).
    • Keep the light sources close to the Philips Hue Bridge.
    • Search for new devices with the Philips Hue app.
    • Do a factory reset of the light sources by toggling the main switch 6 times.

    The steps shown above sound very easy, but in some cases you might encounter challenges. To ensure you get everything right, here is a comprehensive breakdown of things and how you should go about the process.

    Updating the Ikea Trådfri bulbs

    Bulbs released to the market recently are likely to have the newest firmware version. If yours is new, then you might not need to deal with updating the software. For those who bought their bulbs in 2017 and are yet to connect them to the Trådfri Gateway, it is possible the bulbs are running an old firmware version, which simply means you will have problems using it on Hue.

    You should update the firmware with the Trådfri app, but you have to be patient as this takes some time. Next thing you should do is to remove your Trådfri from the system. It is important to get it off the app before you reset.

    Adding to the network

    Once you are through with the update, the next challenge you have is to ensure the Ikea Trådfri bulb appears on the Hue App. For this you might need to try up to 10 attempts. Switch on and off the light containing the IKEA bulb six times in quick progression. This resets settings and retains the firmware. Make sure to also switch off other Hue lights, and this is to ensure there is no interference of ZingBee.

    Move your IKEA bulb closer to the Hue bulb. Now go to your hue app and start searching for a bulb, just in the same manner you normally search. You will see ‘color temperature light 1’, which represents the bulb. Hit the title and you will get a new window where you can name it and add to a group of your choice as would be the case with any Philips Hue bulb.

    The search process might take longer than you expect, but don’t give up if this is the case. Sometimes the system is slow to detect external devices. Just make sure the Ikea Trådfri bulb is as close to the Hue as possible as this will increase your chances of successfully connecting to the system.

    You do realize that this will not allow you control of the bulb using Alexa or Homekit. Not until you add some more configurations that will make this possible. If the setup is not fully synced with Alexa and Homekit, you will get a “Failed to update Siri” error, which you don’t need to worry about as you can still use the bulb.

    One of the errors you are likely to encounter is where after giving instructions Alexa only switches off all other lights except the Ikea Trådfri. This case is also dependent on whether you are running the right firmware, so make sure to first update to allow compatibility with Alexa. There are also third party apps like Lamp Finder that will assist you in the process of searching for the bulb if this process fails on the main Hue app.

    This video below shows a guide and run through of adding these bulbs to your Hue set up.

    Pairing Ikea Trådfri with other smart hubs

    Besides Philips Hue bulbs, there are other hubs that can accommodate the Ikea Trådfri bulb, without necessarily having to work with an Ikea Trådfri Gateway. Just look for smart hubs that are available on the Zingbee board and follow the guidelines outlined here to see if things will work as expected. Of course it might be different for other hubs so you have to look for more information from Ikea to understand how each is supposed to connect.

    You could for example pair your Ikea Trådfri with a Wink hub that allows you to control it from the hub, just in the same way you do with Hue. The connections above only allow you to access on and off controls, so no color changes or white spectrum.

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    You have got a new Hue bulb set up but it just won’t connect, there are many reasons this could happen, however don’t worry the fix can be very simple and quick allowing you to add the bulbs to your bridge and Hue system. Here are our fixes and check for Philips Hue bulbs which have failed to connect.

    Can’t Add New Philips Hue Bulbs – The Fix

    If your lights are unreachable and fail to connect then here are the 4 main things to check to resolve this error.

    Check your Bulb

    First off, make sure the bulb is securely tightened and fastened into the holder, if maybe loose and therefore not on properly so ensure it is screwed in properly.

    While looking at the bulb do make sure it is a Hue bulb and not a standard Philips bulb that isn’t a smart bulb.

    Check your light switch

    Check it is turned on at the mains, turn the light on and off at the switch, when on the bulb should be lit a bright white.

    Too far away from your bridge

    This depends on your set up and how many bulbs you have, if this is your first bulb then it could be too far from the bridge.

    To see if this is the case try plugging the bulb into a light that is a close to the bridge as possible, turn it on and see if you can control it from your Hue app. If it is reachable and working then the issue is with the distance it was from the bulb.

    The fix here is to either move the bulb closer to the bridge than it originally was, or add in another Hue bulb that is in between where the first bulb was and the bridge.

    Hue uses Zigbee, and creates its own wireless network, each bulb helps link the network, so the more bulbs you have the better and stronger the Hue network is. This is not part of your home wireless internet network, that is different and separate.

    Too far away from other Hue bulbs

    If you have quite a few Hue bulbs in your home and all are working fine except some new additions then they could be too far from the bridge or other Hue bulbs. This can be common with the new outdoor Hue lights where there is a bigger distance between these and other bulbs you have.

    The fix for this is to bring one closer to help bridge the gap in the network, or add in another bulb to help link them together. Again this can be tested by moving a bulb to see if it works when closer.

    Wifi Interference

    Your bulbs may all be close together, all working but sometimes it says unreachable for what seems like no reason at all. A cause of this could be interference from your home wireless network. This can be worse if the bridge and your Wifi router are next to each other too.

    Your home internet WiFi and the Hue bridge that uses Zigbee to create a wireless network both broadcast on 2.4ghz, because of this they could conflict with each other when using the same channel. The fix here is to change the channel your bridge uses.

    Manually Search for Philips Hue Bulb

    If the above has not worked and is all correct, then adding the bulb manually is the next step.

    Here’s How to Manually add Philips Hue Bulb

    1. First, open the Philips Hue app on your phone and go to Settings > Light, tap the Add (+) button.
    2. Tap use serial number and type the characters on the bulb that won’t connect.
    3. The Philips Hue bridge should now connect to your new bulb.
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    • In this article…
    • 1. Reset Hue bulbs with a Bridge
    • 2. Reset Hue bulbs with Alexa
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    • 4. Reset Hue bulbs with a dimmer switch

    Philips Hue is our favourite lighting system because it has the widest range of lights and the best set of controls.

    From time to time, you may need to move bulbs between control systems – if you’ve repurposed an old bulb, or have got hold of some second-hand kit, for example. In this case, you need to reset your bulbs. Here’s how you do it, with and without a Philips Hue Bridge.

    Reset Hue bulbs with a Bridge

    If you have a Philips Hue Bridge, then you have the easiest way to reset your bulbs. First, you’ll need your bulb’s serial number. Bulb serial numbers can usually be found on the bulb itself, typically around the connector. For the light strip and Hue outdoor lights, you’re likely to find it on the control box into which the lights plug in.

    Before the next stage, ensure that your Hue light is turned on. Give it a few seconds, so that it can be discovered.

    Open up the Hue app then type Settings, Light setup. Tap ‘Add light’ to Add a new bulb into your system. Rather than tapping Search, you now need to tap Add serial number, then enter the six-character serial number of the bulb you want to reset. Then tap Search. Your light will reset and then join your system.

    Reset Hue bulbs with Alexa

    If you have an Amazon Alexa smart speaker with a built-in Zigbee hub, such as the Echo Show 10 (3rd Generation) or Echo (4th Generation), you can reset your bulb using that. First, you’ll need the serial numbers of your light or lights, following the instructions above. Then make sure your bulb is plugged in and turned on.

    Open the Alexa app and tap Devices, then tap the ‘+’ icon and select Add device. Tap the question mark and then select the link under How do I put my Zigbee device into pairing mode? Scroll down and select Reset Philips Hue Light. Enter the serial number of your light and hit Continue. Alexa will reset the Hue bulb and then will Discover it and connect it to your Alexa Zigbee hub.

    Philips are releasing a wall light switch that can turn your current light switch into a smart hue switch. There has been a big demand for such a device with third party companies producing their own, and now Philips Hue have their own module that doesn’t require a new switch.

    Philips Hue Wall Switch How To

    This image below shows how the module fits into a current wall switch scenario.

    What is Philips Hue wall switch module?

    In the press release they said “The new Philips Hue wall switch module is the ideal addition to any Philips Hue set up. Installed behind existing light switches, it allows users to turn their existing switch into a smart switch and ensures their smart lighting is always reachable.

    Whether it is via the app or via voice control: no more getting up from the couch to turn on the switches that a family member or house guest might have turned off. Additionally, in the Hue app you can simply select light scenes and customize how the switch functions to personalize the ambiance even more. The Philips Hue wall switch module is battery powered and has a minimum battery life of at least five years.”

    Smart bulbs are great however the downside always came to the main light switch which always needed to by on the ensure power to the bulbs. There are third party options that have switches which you can replace your current switch, or ones that can be installed over your current switch.

    This solution removes the need for a new switch which may not match your current design, and it also ensures it works with difference sized switches depending on the country you live.

    Using this device allows your switch to work your smart bulbs, great for guests and kids who can now turn your lights on and off without the need or know how for the app, voice control or smart switches.

    How does it work?

    In simple terms, this little device is connected behind your current light switch, your switch connects to this. There is no need to connect to the mains power as this module is battery powered and using Zigbee to communicate with your other hue lights and bridge.

    Once set up you can configure it via the Hue app, you can create 3 scenes for a switch. This switch will only change the lights that it currently controls, if you have more than one switch your would need a module for each for both switches to work in the same manner.

    Does it work with double switches?

    Yes this can be used on both single and double switches.

    How to install the Hue module switch

    This video from Signify shows the steps to install the module switch, depending on your lighting and wiring system this maybe a little more complex than shown here:

    Once the wiring module is installed behind your switch you can then add the module to your Hue system via the Hue app:

    1. Open the Hue app on your phone.
    2. Go to the Settingstab and tap Accessories.
    3. Press Add accessory
    4. Tap Hue wall switch module and follow the on-screen instructions to set up.

    Philips Hue Wall Switch FAQ

    Common questions answered regarding the hue module switch.

    What size is the module?

    The device is compact to ensure it fits behind a light switch, it is 43mm x 38mm x 10mm.

    Where can I get the Philips Hue wall switch module manual?

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    Mar 6, 2020, 3:30 pm EDT | 1 min read

    Philips just announced that it’s ending all support for first-generation Hue Bridges. And while that usually means no more patches and features, this goes a bit further—no more internet. You’ll still have local control of your lights, but if you want remote control, you’ll need to upgrade to generation two. How can you tell which version you have? It’s easy, just look at the shape. If it’s a circle, you’re in trouble.

    That’s right; you won’t need to find a sticker or serial number or look up a complicated chart. Generation One hubs are round, and version two bridges are square. If yours is round, you’re on generation one.

    The bridge on the left is generation one, the bridge on the right is version two. Philips

    Now you don’t have to replace your bridge immediately. If all you ever wanted or need is local control of your smart bulbs, that will continue to work. And Philips says it isn’t cutting off internet access until April.

    After April 2020 no software updates will be made available for the Hue Bridge v1 and compatibility with our online services will be terminated at that time. The Hue Bridge v1 can still be controlled locally via the dedicated Philips Hue Bridge v1 app. >>

    But you should probably consider making the upgrade. In addition to killing remote access, Philips also says it won’t issue security patches, and it already discontinued new feature releases for the original bridge.

    You can buy a V2 Bridge on its own, which will work with your existing lights. But if you were planning to add more Philips smart lights anyway, now is as good a time as any. You can grab two white bulbs with a hub for just a little more than the bridge by itself.

    Philips Hue White A19 60W Equivalent Dimmable LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit (2 A19 60W White Bulbs and 1 Hub Compatible with Amazon Alexa Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant), 2 Pack

    This kit comes with two white Philips hue Bulbs and a bridge. That will set you back less than buying all three separately, so if you wanted more bulbs this is the best way to buy a bridge.

    Brighter standard lamps & Filament with White Ambiance

    We still have to be patient for about two months until Philips Hue will officially present its new products. Today I can already give you a small preview of some of the new products that will be presented at the end of August or beginning of September.

    As we already suspected a few weeks ago, Philips Hue is working on brighter light sources. Instead of the usual 806 lumens, they will be brighter in the future – and even much brighter than we could assume so far.

    Thus, the standard-size bulbs will be able to offer 1,100 lumens in the future. In addition, there will be a larger lamp with 1,600 lumens, which will be available in future not only as Hue White, but also as Hue White Ambiance and Hue White and Color Ambiance. The larger design is necessary due to the higher heat development of the LEDs and the therefore necessary passive cooling.

    New filament lamps feature White Ambiance

    Philips Hue will also continue to expand its filament range. The E27 lamps in the filament shapes Standard, Edison and Globe will soon also be available as White Ambiance. Similar to third-party suppliers, Philips Hue will install two filaments with warm white and cool white LEDs to adjust the colour temperature. The maximum brightness is 550 lumens.

    Completely new in the range is the smallest filament lamp by Philips Hue so far, which will have an E14 base for the European region. At the start, however, only dimmable white technology with a fixed colour temperature will be used.

    That’s not all, by the way. Still top secret are some new Hue products that are supposed to have Gradient technology. So far, this has only been used in the Gradient Lightstrip and enables the simultaneous output of several colours.

    Philips Hue is one of our favourite smart lighting systems for the house – it runs on Zigbee, so it doesn’t put a strain on your home wifi network, it’s got a great app for setting up and configuring devices, and it plays well with Google Assistant. When things work well, it’s great. But if things don’t quite go the way you expect, it can be a pain to recover and reset devices.

    I recently moved house, and attempted to set up my Hue system pretty late at night. This is never a great idea – I plugged the wrong power supply into my Hue Bridge (as I would figure out later, this fried its internals instantly), and placed it up high where I couldn’t see any of its lights (not that any of them were on). None of my lights worked, and the following day when I thought to pull the Bridge down and really look at it, I worked out what I’d done.

    After acquiring a new Bridge, I set about trying to connect my lights to it. Hue lights connect to a Hue Bridge to the exclusion of all others (which makes sense, you don’t want someone coming along with another Bridge and taking over your lights), and my lights were still connected to the old Bridge.

    Resetting your Hue Lights

    Firstly, you can break the connection and reset the lights to factory default state (ready to pair with a Bridge) if you issue the right commands over the Bridge. I couldn’t do that because, as you’ll recall, I fried my Bridge. Oops.

    You can force Hue lights to pair with a new Bridge if you have the serial number of the light and enter it into the app before performing a scan. This could also apply if you purchase lights secondhand from someone else (or vice versa if you sell your lights).

    The serial number is printed on the light, so this can’t be that hard, right? Well … it turns out not all Hue lights have their serial number printed on the light. This specifically in my case applies to Hue Play, a nifty couple of short light bars that sit behind my TV (review here).

    Hue Play (and perhaps some other Hue lights) don’t have a serial number printed on them. It’s in the manual (since discarded) and the tags on the power cord (hilariously, also discarded while tidying up cables).

    With a dead bridge and no serial number, I was a bit stuck trying to pair lights to a new Bridge. After kicking myself for a while, I set about trying to find the next solution.

    If you’ve found yourself in this predicament, read on.


    The Zigbee protocol (atop which Hue runs), has a solution for this – it’s a feature called Touchlink that allows you to reset devices within close proximity. Hue doesn’t use it by default when pairing lights though, so you need to dig a little deeper.

    You can control a Hue Bridge over your local network via a REST API called CLIP. A helpful page on the offical Hue Developer website explains how it all works and gives you a few examples to try yourself. I also found a page on Samsung’s Smart Things community site explaining how to use CLIP commands to make the Bridge discover lights using Touchlink. I tried it, but I think I probably did it wrong.

    After presenting my dilemma to the Philips Hue Facebook page crew, they suggested a solution (and a massive thankyou to them for doing so on a Saturday night!) – Lamp Finder (which also calls itself Light Finder), an application that can take control of the Hue Bridge via its REST API. It’s a Java application, and there’s also an iOS app called Hue Lights that does the same thing, but there’s no Android port of it. After being annoyed by this for a little while, I realised I could of course just run the Java app on my Mac.

    Using Lamp Finder

    Lamp Finder has been around a while – you can tell, because its representation of the Bridge is the old (no longer supported) v1 circular Bridge. No matter though, it works just fine.

    When you run the app, it’ll search for your Bridge on the network and ask you to push the button on the bridge, allowing it to access the Hue API and enable Touchlink.

    It then instructs you to place your buln within 30cm of the Bridge (which is probably what I did wrong on my first attempt) and it’ll initiate a Touchlink operation to reset your bulb to factory default. This will make it discoverable via the normal Hue pairing process in the app.

    Voila! After a few resets and pairing with serial numbers, all my Hue bulbs were connected up to my new Bridge!

    After several years without a major update, Philips Hue has rebuilt its smart lighting app from the ground up.

    As an Associate Writer on the How-To team at CNET, Dale believes tech is meant for the masses. It’s his goal to make even the most complex gadgets and apps accessible to everyone. He has an MFA in writing and always answers the phone when family calls with tech questions.

    Smart home lighting-maker Philips Hue is launching a major redesign of its popular mobile app, parent company Signify announced today. The update is set to roll out globally over the next week. And while the announcement is rife with all the typical marketing hoopla about improved performance, more intuitive controls and streamlined automations, after testing a preview version of the app for the last week, I can say with some authority that it’s not entirely hyperbole.

    And let me tell you, I put this app through the wringer. Most people I know have just one or two smart lights, but I manage a veritable menagerie of Philips Hue devices. At last count, I was running 14 color bulbs, six white ambiance lights, two white ambiance floodlights and one boring old white bulb that’s stuck on the same warm color temperature.

    Yet despite my unwieldy collection of smart lights, figuring out how to navigate the graphically more intense controls was surprisingly easy and, dare I say, intuitive. The new Hue app retains most if not all of the same functions as the previous version — it just shuffles them around and groups them together a bit differently, while adding more color cues that let you know which bulbs are set to which color and brightness settings.

    The new Hue app offers more streamlined controls that let you rename lights or rearrange them within rooms or zones without having to delve into the Settings menu.

    However, rather than confusing matters, the relocated controls are actually easier to find now that they’ve been put where (to be honest) they ought to have gone in the first place. That includes all the places where redundancy has been added.

    For example, previously, to swap around lights within various rooms and zones, you had to delve into the app’s settings menu, where you’d then have to rely on your imagination since everything was plain text with no visual elements to guide you. If you wanted to rename a light and move it to a different room, you’d have to plunge into two different submenus — one for lights and one for rooms and zones — to get it done.

    With the updated app, you can configure lights, rooms and zones no matter where you are within the Home tab by tapping the “more” menu (the circle containing three dots) at the top of the screen. Easy peasy.

    In the updated Philips Hue app, routines have been renamed automations.

    Even more impressive, however, is that despite all this reorganizing, only one feature seems to have been shoved into an apparently random corner. For whatever reason, the tab for Philips Hue Labs (which I doubt more than a few dozen people other than me actually use) is now buried under the Automations section. If you’ve yet to craft any automations, you’ll have to tap the more menu button at the top to even see the Hue Labs option. Otherwise, once you have at least one automation, it will appear at the bottom of the screen.

    In terms of performance, the app seems to work better than previous versions. Controls and their associated animations seem snappier. Automations (formerly known as routines) do what you think they’re going to do, and they do it quickly and consistently, to the point you stop consciously noticing them at all.

    But personally, my favorite improvement is how much better the updated app is at crafting scenes — those unique, multicolor light arrangements the app generates from a photograph, which can be pulled either from the pre-populated Hue scene gallery or your phone’s own camera roll. Scenes turned out much better, with more complex and visually appealing combinations of colors compared to the old version of the app.

    Multilight, multicolor scenes created with the new app seem more complex and visually appealing than in previous versions.

    In a new feature called Dynamic Scenes that isn’t slated to arrive until later this summer, lights will slowly change over time rather than remaining a single, static color. Dynamic Scenes sounds strikingly similar to an experimental feature that’s been available in Hue Labs for a while now, called Living Scenes, but we’ll have to wait until it’s released to know for sure.

    In the meantime, the updated Philips Hue app should be available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play store starting today, so if you’re too impatient to wait for the app to update automatically, go grab it now. When you open the new app for the first time, you’ll be guided through a migration process that will hopefully retain all of your previous settings, scenes and routines (which will now be listed under the Automations tab).

    A no trick for the colour picker wheel

    On Wednesday evening, Philips Hue released version 4.1 of its app and fine-tuned it again. Today I would like to take a look at one particular change: “Made it easier to select and change the color of a single light in the color picker”.

    This small innovation means that you can no longer drag several lamps together in the colour selector and then simply move them together to change the colour of several Hue lamps at the same time. If you try to do exactly that, you always pull the last lamp added out of the group.

    The solution is very simple: After you have dragged all the desired lamps onto each other, you simply have to tap an empty area in the colour picker wheel. The group then no longer shows the symbol of the last lamp added, but the number of lamps grouped together. Now you can move the previously created group as a whole. To remove a lamp from the group, tap it as usual.

    This small change almost drove me to despair, as I often group lamps in the colour selection and control them together, for example to discover colour differences between different lamps. Fortunately, with a little trick, this is still possible.

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    Greetings. How can you group bulbs together that are of the type Hue White Candle? These don’t have a color wheel, and we use them in chandeliers, floor lamps, etc. Basically, lamps with multiple bulbs. I use homekit, so I’m able to do it there, however, I would like to be able to do this in the Hue app as well. The only way I’ve been able to figure out is to create a zone, but that’s overkill b/c I want to be able to refer to one entire lamp (that has 6 hue candle bulbs in it) as one logical lamp, e.g. “Floor Lamp” or “Dining Room Chandelier”.

    The new app is better than the old one for sure–I’ve been using Hue bulbs for 7 years now–but it isn’t intuitive at all. Definitely have more control, but it’s hard to figure out how to work. And, deleting scenes is so cumbersome, you have to select the scene first (which activates it) if you want to delete it, and there is no way to delete scenes en masse. This is why we much prefer Homekit, the Huge app is just difficult to use.

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    Labor Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time for some great end-of-summer deals, like this one from Philips. The company’s “Summer of Hue” savings promo is offering you a stellar deal on its White and Color Ambiance E26 smart light bulbs.

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    When Jason Cipriani and I interviewed Tobin Richardson, president of the Zigbee Alliance, last week about the Alliance’s involvement in NASA JPL’s Mars 2020 mission, I didn’t think I would be applying its technology to my own personal use anytime soon. I had just finished converting my home to Lutron’s Caseta lighting system, which (currently) uses a different wireless standard. I also have a handful of Philips Hue bulbs that I use in various lamps around my home.

    Last night, at around 11 pm, my wife told me that Alexa was no longer able to switch off any Hue lights. There happen to be a pair in use in my main bedroom as bedside lamps. Sure enough, after investigating the issue, it turned out that Philips Hue’s cloud service and Alexa skill got disconnected from my system.

    After attempting to reset the skill and reconnect it to my Alexa, I saw this message:

    The dreaded disconnection.

    This is, of course, extremely frustrating when you’ve integrated all your lighting into a smart home system. Not being able to turn off your lights unless being done manually entirely defeats the purpose of that.

    So, this morning, I dug into this a bit more. I opened up the Hue app on my iPhone, which I haven’t used in a very long time, only to set the bulbs up. Under the Hue app’s software version, I noticed that the Hub reported a Zigbee version number.

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    It suddenly dawned on me that if Hue hub is communicating via Zigbee, then, in theory, I should be able to natively connect the Hue bulbs to my Echo Gen 4 smart speakers — which, it turns out, you now can do . Eero Pro 6 Wi-Fi access points (as well as the Echo Show series of devices) also have Zigbee transceivers built into them, bypassing the need to use Hue’s app and hub entirely and without the need for additional cloud service integration.

    Go native Zigbee on Alexa

    To migrate your Hue bulbs (and smart plugs) to Amazon Alexa’s native Zigbee, you’ll want to open up the Hue app and remove your bulbs and other devices from the app. This will cause them to blink momentarily and put them in a factory reset mode. If you have another brand of Zigbee-compatible bulb, a smart plug, or other smart lighting device and are using them with another manufacturer’s Zigbee hub and cloud service, you’ll want to do the same thing and remove the bulbs from their app and set them back to factory settings.

    Next, open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet and go through the “Add Device” procedure. Then, pick “Light,” “Plug,” or any other type of Zigbee-compatible device you want to add. If you have older models of Echo that do not have Zigbee built-in, such as a Gen 3 or Gen 2, or even a Gen 1, you also have the option of adding the vendor’s hub (providing it is one of the supported brands) to the Alexa network, bypassing the need for an additional cloud service. Hue’s hub can also be directly connected to Alexa if you choose to do so.

    Use the “Add Device” sequence to add your Hue and other Zigbee-compatible bulbs to Alexa.

    The Alexa app will ask you to choose which vendor of device you want to add. If the manufacturer is listed, such as Philips, you can directly choose that brand. Otherwise, pick “other,” and Alexa will automatically recognize it after completing the discovery process.

    You can directly add any number of Zigbee-compatible devices to the Alexa network without needed additional skill service integration, including control hubs for Philips Hue.

    After the discovery process is complete, you can now add the smart home devices to groups of your choosing, as well as disconnect the vendor’s hub from your network.

    A Philips Hue lightbulb connected to Alexa via native Zigbee.

    For folks like myself who have fairly normal needs with smart lighting — I only really turn them on and off and dim them as needed — this is an excellent way to simplify the device integration with your smart home system and gives you improved flexibility on buying new bulbs and devices provided they are native Zigbee supported. Be advised that while Alexa does support color modes and other scene controls, it may not be as granular or as sophisticated as what Philips and other vendors can do with their native apps and hub connectivity. So, your mileage may vary.