Controlling smart lighting with your voice is one of the most useful features of a smart home. Saying, “Hey Siri, turn off the light from the comfort of your bed or couch without having to get up or pull out your phone is truly a great experience. And if you have some Philips Hue smart bulbs and an iPhone, it’s really easy to connect them to Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform and let Apple’s Siri voice assistant work for you.
This setup also allows you to sync your smart lights with other connected devices in your home. This lets you create automations that do things like turning on your lights and starting your music in the morning when a motion sensor is triggered, or setting a Movie Time scene that adjusts your lights, cranks up the smart thermostat, and your door locked, cause.
Another benefit of connecting Apple HomeKit and Philips Hue is Apple’s adaptive lighting. This feature automatically adjusts the color temperature of your lighting based on the time of day. It sets you to cooler white light during the day to help you focus, and to a warmer light when the day ends to help your body clock adjust more naturally to the nighttime.
SET UP PHILIPS HUE SMART LIGHTS IN THE APPLE HOME APP
To connect any Philips Hue smart lighting device to Apple HomeKit for voice control with Siri, you will need a Hue Bridge and an Apple HomeKit device, such as an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or HomePod. If you want to set up automations, you will need an Apple Home Hub, which is a HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad.
Open the Philips Hue app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Go to Settings > Voice Assistant > Siri & HomeKit.
- Tap Pair Bridge.
- Name your home and tap Create home.
- Scan the HomeKit code on the bottom of your Hue Bridge with your phone’s camera.
- Follow the prompts to connect your Hue lights.
- The Hue app and the Apple Home app should sync your rooms, so any lights you have in rooms in the Hue app will appear in corresponding rooms in the Home app.
- If this doesn’t happen, tap the Settings button at the bottom of the Siri & HomeKit page in the Hue app and select Sync setup to HomeKit.
Once set up, you can use voice commands with Siri to turn your lights on or off and adjust the color and brightness. You can also add the lights to all HomeKit scenes and automations.
SET UP HUE ACCESSORIES IN THE APPLE HOME APP
If you have a physical controller for your Hue lights, e.g. You can also pair these with Apple HomeKit, for example a Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch, a Hue Smart Button or a Hue Tap Dial Switch. However, you can only configure these devices in one app. So once you’ve set them up in the Apple Home app, you can’t control them in the Hue app.
The main reason to add these to the Apple Home app is if you have other smart lights in your home that are also HomeKit compatible, such as. B. Smart Bulbs from Meross and Smart Switches from Lutron Caseta. Then you can program the Hue accessory switches to control those lights alongside your Hue lights using the Apple Home app.
Here’s how to add your Philips Hue accessory switches to the Apple Home app:
- Open the Philips Hue app.
- Tap Settings > Accessories and select the device you want to add to Apple Home.
- Tap Setup in Apple Home.
- A dialogue box will pop up confirming that setting up the device in Apple Home will remove your current configuration.
- Tap Set up in Apple Home.
- The Hue app will automatically open the Apple Home app.
- Tap the device’s icon in the Home App.
- Configure it to control whichever HomeKit accessories you like.
- If you decide you want to go back to using just the Hue app, you can reset the device and set it up again in the Hue app.
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