Philips Hue bridge

Create your very own Philips Hue system, exactly the way you like it.

  • Add up to 50 Philips Hue lights
  • Extend with Philips Hue accessories
  • Apple HomeKit compatible

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  • Smart control

    Control your lights, your way

  • Away-from-home control

    Control your lights from anywhere

  • Light Schedules

    Program your lights for easy home automation

  • Comfort Dimming

    Smooth wireless dimming

  • Create your Ambience

    Create a comfortable ambience from warm sunlight to cool day light

  • Wake-up

    Program your lights for easy home automation

  • Wellbeing

    Feel better with natural light that helps you to energize, concentrate, read and relax.

  • Paint with Light

    Decorate your home with 16 million colors

  • Sync with Music

    Light up every beat of your favorite song

  • Sync with Movies

    Extend your TV experience to the whole room

New to Philips Hue?

You can create your very own Philips Hue system to match your personal wants and needs. Get a Philips Hue bridge, select the lights and accessories you prefer, and install the Philips Hue app on your smart device. You can now enjoy the full connected experience, your way.

How to upgrade your bridge

The new square-shaped Philips Hue bridge supports the hardware authentication required for Apple HomeKit and enables all your Philips Hue lights to work with Apple HomeKit technology. This means if you have the round-shaped Philips Hue bridge and want to use Apple HomeKit, you will need to get your hands on the new bridge. Your existing lights can be controlled via Apple HomeKit once the new Philips Hue bridge is installed. “Siri, turn on my lights!"

How to expand
your Philips Hue system  

You can always grow your Philips Hue family. Once you've set up your Philips Hue system, you can go on and add up to 50 Philips Hue lights, luminaires, switches and other accessories. Just power them and add them to your system via the Philips Hue app. After your app has found the new products, you can name them and add them to new or existing scenes. Even more Philips Hue to enjoy.

Features
Philips Hue Bridge

The heart of your Philips Hue system

The Philips Hue bridge is all you need to set up your personal Philips Hue system. This is actually the brain of the operation that enables you to control all of your Philips Hue products via the Philips Hue app. Once you have installed the Philips Hue bridge and downloaded the Philips Hue app on your smart device, you can set your imagination free and build your very own system!

Add up to 50 Philips Hue lights

Select the Philips Hue lights of your choice and connect them to your Philips Hue bridge. The bridge is powerful enough to handle up to 50 lights, so Hue-ify your whole house!

Extend with Philips Hue accessories

In the Philips Hue system, you can also connect up to 12 accessories to enhance your connected lighting experience even further.

Apple HomeKit compatible

The Philips Hue bridge is compatible with Apple HomeKit technology. Ask Siri to turn on or dim your lights or recall presets without touching a single button. Via third party apps you can even link your lights to other Apple HomeKit enabled devices.

Specifications
Philips Hue Bridge

The bridge

Max 50 bulbs per bridge and 12 Philips Hue accessories per bridge
Power consumption:300mA typ
Zigbee Light link protocol 1.0 certified
Frequency band 2400–2483.5 MHz
Dimensions: 3.5 inch * 3.5 inch * 1 inch
Desktop or wall mounted
Software upgradable
Power supply

100–240 V AC / 50–60Hz
Output voltage: 5 V DC 2A
Standby power: 1.5W Max
Environmental

Operational temperature: 32°F – 104°F
Operational humidity: 0% < H < 90%
(non condensing)

Power supply

100–240 V AC / 50–60Hz

Output voltage: 5 V DC 2A

Standby power: 1.5W Max

What's supported

iOS 8.0 and upwards on iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 6, 6 Plus

For Home Kit compatibility only iOS 9.0

iPad 2, 3rd and 4th generation

iPad Air 1, 2

iPad Mini 1, 2, 3

iPod touch 5th generation

Guarantee

2 years

Environmental

Operational temperature: 32°F – 104°F

Operational humidity: 0% < H < 90%

(non condensing)

Also tested on

Android 2.3 and upwards on:

Galaxy S2, S3, S4, S5

Google Nexus 5, Motorola Nexus 6, Google Nexus 7

Note, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4

OnePlus One

HTC One

Sony Xperia Z3

Downloads
Philips Hue Bridge

User Manual Hue Bridge

Download User Manual Hue Bridge

Siri setup

Download Siri setup

Siri lights

Download Siri lights

Siri scenes

Download Siri scenes

FAQ

How do I set up my new Hue Bridge?

Date published 10/6/2015 - Last edited 7/4/2016

Setting up your new Hue bridge

Transfer settings to the new Hue bridge

If you bought the new Hue bridge and want to transfer your lights, devices, scenes, schedules and timers from your existing Hue bridge, you need to hook up both bridges to your home network. Make sure you are using the latest Philips Hue app and navigate to “Settings ->My Bridge -> Bridge to Bridge Transfer”. Your lights, devices, scenes, alarms and timers will be transferred automatically when the on-screen instructions are followed.

 

Alternatively, if you are not automatically transferring settings from an existing Hue system, follow the instructions below.

Setting up a new Hue bridge manually

These instructions apply when you do not want to do the automatic settings transfer. Changing the bridge in a Hue system without the use of the automatic settings transfer requires some manual configuration effort. Also, as the order of the lights in the Hue Bridge will change, scenes will control different lights than they used to. Switches and external triggers (e.g. IFTTT, NEST) also use the formerly known lamp order and will have to be reconfigured to work with your new Hue Bridge as intended. Finally, you would have to recreate the Alarms and Timers that you created on your old Hue bridge. The steps below will guide you through this process with relative ease.

With the Philips Hue system, each light works as a hub, extending the network range. Due to the nature of the system it is necessary to start with adding lights that are closest to the Hue bridge via their serial number one-by-one. After this is complete, other devices and Alarms and Timers can be added to the Hue bridge as usual.

Step 1. Adding your lights

Preparations

When Philips Hue lights have been used with another Hue bridge before, they have to be added to your new Hue bridge via their serial number. We suggest you list the serial numbers of the lights down, in order of distance from the Hue bridge, starting with the closest one. This way, you won’t have to unscrew the Hue bulbs for the rest of the system setup. Prepare a list of these serial numbers - they are printed on the lights and contain 6 characters (e.g. D8F3C1).

Finding the Hue Serial Numbers

Hue Light

Serial number Location

Hue A-19

Hue BR-30

Hue GU-10

Hue PAR-16

On bulb. Unscrew the bulb for easy visual access. [image_3]

Hue LUX

Hue White

On bulb. Unscrew the bulb for easy visual access. [image_4]

Hue Go

Hue Bloom

Hue Iris

On the back of the armature. [image_5]

Hue Lightstrip

Hue Lightstrip+

On the back of the RF box. [image_6]

Hue Beyond Table

On the bottom of the armature. [image_7]

Hue Beyond Pendant

Hue Beyond Ceiling

Under the diffuser there is a sticker between the light modules. Unscrew the diffuser for visual access. [image_8]

Hue Phoenix Table

On the bottom of the armature. [image_9]

Hue Phoenix Wall/Ceiling

Hue Phoenix Ceiling

Hue Phoenix Pendant

On the side of the armature. [image_10]

 

Once you are done with these preparations, you are ready to start adding the lights to your Hue bridge.

Steps

  1. Make sure all the lights are powered on and you have the ordered list of serial numbers available.
  2. Check whether the Hue bridge is connected to your router and you can find the bridge with your Philips Hue app.
  3. Make sure you update the Hue bridge to the latest firmware by accepting the software update notification or manually open “Settings -> My bridge -> Check for updates”.
  4. The Hue app will notify you to start searching for lights when connected to a factory new Hue bridge. Auto-search will not discover your existing lights. This is normal. Feel free to skip the auto search.
  5. Add lights manually by navigating to “Setting -> My Lights -> Connect New Lights -> Manual Search”. Start with adding the serial number of the light closest to your bridge. This should be the first serial number on your list (see: Preparations). Please do this one by one. Repeat this step until all lights have been added to the Hue bridge.
  6. Your new Hue network setup is complete!

Step 2. Add your devices

Once your lights have been added to the system, the Hue network is ready and you can add devices to it.

Steps

  1. Press the factory reset button on your device if present.
  2. Open the Philips Hue app.
  3. Navigate to “Settings -> My Devices -> Connect New Devices”.
  4. Follow on-screen instructions.

Step 3. Link your bridge to our My Hue Account

After adding all your devices, all that remains is relinking the bridge to your My Hue Account.

Steps

  1. Log into My Hue at my.meethue.com
  2. Navigate to "Settings -> My bridge -> Unlink Bridge" and then link to your new Hue bridge.
  3. Follow on-screen instructions.

[image_12: generic my hue screen, showing that this takes place in the browser, not the app]

Done

Your Hue bridge is now set up and you can add Alarms and Timers to the bridge as before.

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What are the differences between the new square-shaped Philips Hue bridge and the old round-shaped Philips Hue bridge?

Date published 10/6/2015 - Last edited 7/4/2016

The new square-shaped Hue bridge adds Apple HomeKit compatibility. Besides HomeKit, the new Hue bridge offers all the existing features and compatibility with existing Hue lights, Hue taps, Hue wireless dimmer switches, Philips Hue apps for iOS and Android and the broad range of third party Hue apps.

The new Hue bridge is ready for the future as it has way more internal memory and more powerful processor than the old Hue bridge. For more information on HomeKit visit www.meethue.com/apple-homekit

You can recognize the new Hue bridge by its square shape versus the old round shaped bridge.

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What is Apple HomeKit?

Date published 10/6/2015 - Last edited 7/4/2016

Apple HomeKit technology provides an easy, secure way to control HomeKit-enabled accessories using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can create your own scenes to control your home settings. For example, you can create a scene to automatically turn off the lights, lock your doors, close the garage door, and set the thermostat to the desired temperature with just a single command.

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What do I need to use my Philips Hue Lights with Apple HomeKit?

Date published 10/6/2015 - Last edited 7/4/2016

You will need to have the square-shaped Philips Hue bridge to work with Apple HomeKit technology. 

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What can I do with Apple HomeKit?

Date published 10/6/2015 - Last edited 7/4/2016

1) You can use Siri to control your Philips Hue lights.  Export your Philips Hue scenes to HomeKit and recall them using Siri.
2) Third party Apple HomeKit apps can control Philips Hue lights together with other HomeKit enabled accessories like door locks and thermostats. Third party HomeKit Apps are apps that iOS software developers create to combine Apple HomeKit accessories into a single app. This gives you the opportunity to control multiple HomeKit accessories, even from different manufacturers.

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Can my old round-shaped Hue bridge be updated to support Siri voice control and Apple HomeKit?

Date published 10/6/2015 - Last edited 7/4/2016

Siri voice control requires Apple HomeKit which is only supported on the new square-shaped Hue bridge. Unfortunately, it is not possible to support Apple HomeKit on the old Hue bridge because it does not meet the hardware requirements for HomeKit.

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