More powerful lights, a new app and a new website are the backbone of Philips’ Hue 2.0, but it’s the Apple HomeKit integration that will probably tempt most of the smart, Wi-Fi-connected multi-colour LED lighting system’s new buyers. The new Hue 2.0 Bridge is the heart of the setup, and it sounds like we’re finally getting to a point where Hue is a feasible lighting solution for a smart home.
Philips is talking up the new Hue 2.0’s integration with multiple connected home platforms with both iOS and Android controllers, and it’s this kind of interoperability that allows for smart home hacks like the lights turning red when a connected home smoke alarm like the Nest Protect goes off, or the lights flashing in time with a burglar alarm.
Much more reasonable and everyday uses like the Hue 2.0’s Apple HomeKit integration, which forms the backbone of Siri control — you’ll be able to say “Hey Siri, turn my lights to 30 per cent”, or “switch to Energize mode” or similar — presuming you have an iPhone and the Hue’s various modes set up correctly, of course.
Hue 2.0 also supports geofencing, so your lights will turn on and off — within predetermined hours — whenever you or your Hue Companion App-registered device leave or enter your home or workplace. You can also schedule the lights if you’re away from home, and can set alarms like a gentle wake-up light. While everyone knows Hue for its multi-colour RGB LED lights, Philips and partner brands also have white LEDs in a variety of sizes.