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Does Philips Hue Work With Homekit?

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With so many smart home devices on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. If you’re in the market for a new smart home lighting device, you might come across Philips Hue. 

But do Philips Hue products work with Apple Homekit? And if they do, how can you set it up? Let’s find out.

Are Philips Hue Products Compatible With Apple Homekit?

 Yes. Philips Hue products work with Apple Homekit, which means you can control them with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. All you have to do is download the free Home app on your Apple device, and you’ll be able to control your smart devices from anywhere. You can set up custom scenes like “Good Morning” or “Away From Home.”

What Is Philips Hue?

Philips Hue is a collection of smart lights that can be controlled using your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. You can change the color and brightness and set them to turn on or off with a Wish list called Scenes. These lights have an LED bulb with an adjustable adaptive lighting color temperature and emit up to 800 lumens.

The bulbs are compatible with a wide range of accessories, including Hue Tap, Hue Bridge (required for automation), Hue Dimmer Switch, hue motion sensors, and Hue Bulb Speaker.

Philips Hue Products The Work With Apple Homekit

The following products with Apple Homekit:

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus: This flexible light strip can be cut to size and placed throughout your home to create a more ambient lighting effect. It produces more than 2200 lumens, bright enough to light an entire room.

Philips Hue Dimmer Switch: This switch allows you to easily control your lights. Just tap the side of the switch to turn the light on/off, and you can use the built-in dimmer to maintain the light level. You can also control the lights using Siri, so you can turn them on or off using just your voice.

Philips Hue Bulbs: These bulbs produce more than 600 lumens with an adjustable white color temperature between 3000 K and 6500K. They come in various shapes, so you can pick the correct bulb for your space.

Philips Hue Tap: This wireless Bluetooth smart button can be used to turn lights on and off using just the press of a button. You can also adjust your lights’ brightness and color temperature from the tap!

Philips Hue Motion Sensor: This motion sensor detects motion and lights up the room when it detects a person or pet. It can produce up to 900 lumens of brightness, but it can also dim the light output when it detects motion.

Philips Hue Starter Kit: This adaptive lighting kit includes everything you need to start enjoying smart lighting in your home.

Setting Up Philips Hue With Apple Homekit

Philips Hue Homekit Integration

Setting up your Philips Hue lights with Homekit is easy. You must download the free Home app on your Apple device and connect your Philips Hue lights. The smartphone app will walk you through the setup process, and you’ll be able to start watching your home from anywhere. You can also set up custom scenes like “Good Morning” or “Away From Home.”

Importing Hue Scenes to Homekit

Adding Philips Hue Scenes to Apple Homekit is simple if you have the Philips Hue Bridge version 2 set up and working with Homekit.

Assuming you already have dynamic Scenes set up in your Hue app, open the Homekit app and tap the plus button on the top right of the screen. Then choose “Add Scene.”

Tap “Custom” and give it a unique name. Choose all the lights that were part of your scene as accessories.

At this point, since Apple Homekit takes the settings from the bulbs and you set up Scenes in the Hue app, you should be all taken care of, and the scene will work the same way in Homekit would in the Hue app.

Siri Homekit Hue Commands

Telling Siri to turn on your lights is pretty easy to do, especially with Homekit support. Here are commands you can use:

  • “Siri, turn on the bedroom”
  • “Siri, turn off the living room”
  • “Siri, turn on the kitchen”
  • “Siri, turn on the hallway lights to 75 percent”
  • “Siri, turn off the hallway lights”
  • “Siri, turn on the hallway lights to 75%”
  • “Siri, turn off the hallway lights to 75%”

Troubleshooting

Can’t Add Hue Bridge To Homekit

If Homekit won’t connect to Hue Bridge, try the following troubleshooting methods.

Restart your router and your Homekit device.

Clear the Homekit cache on your router. When your network goes through a new software update, it can leave temporary files on your devices. Clear the cache on your router, which will work around the issue.

Reset one of the lights and try again. If one of the lights is the problem, resetting it will work around it.

You may also need to set it up manually with a Homekit setup code.

Try resetting your base station (the Hue Bridge). If that doesn’t work, contact Customer Service for additional help.

Hue Lights Not Responding To Homekit

You can try these troubleshooting methods if the lights don’t respond to your Homekit commands.

Restart your router and your Homekit device. Try disconnecting the lights from the Philips Bridge and reconnecting them.

Restart the lights and try turning on the Hue Bridge. Reconnect the lights to the Hue Bridge and try turning on the Bridge again.

The lights might not be plugged into the Hue Bridge, or the Bridge might be turned off. Check to ensure the lights are connected to the Bridge and the Bridge is turned on.

Philips Hue Dimmer Switch Homekit Not Working 

If the dimmer switch for your Philips Hue lights doesn’t work with Homekit, try the following troubleshooting methods.

Restart your router and the Hue Switch. You can do this by pressing the on/off button for 10 seconds until the light turns green to amber and off.

Reconnect the lights to the Hue Bridge and try again. If the lights work when you turn them on without using the dimmer switch, then the next step is to disconnect the lights from the Philips Hue Bridge and reconnect them.

Reset the lights and try again. To reset the lights, press and hold the button on top until the light goes off and then on.

Go into the Lights section of the Home app, tap “Add Accessory,” and follow the instructions to add it to your room. Enter your Apple password if prompted.

Homekit Hue Bridge Not Found Or No Response

If there is no response from the Philips Hue Bridge or it is not found by Homekit, try the following troubleshooting methods.

Try to reconnect the Hue Bridge. You might need to reconnect if you recently changed the light bulb or turned off the Hue Bridge.

Restart your router and your Homekit device. Try disconnecting the lights from the Philips Bridge and reconnecting them.

Switch to a different room. If the lights work in another room, the problem is with the room where the lights don’t work. To fix it, try moving the lights to a different room.

Reset the lights and try again. To reset the lights, press and hold the button on top until the light goes off and then on.

Go into the Lights section of the Home app, tap “Add Accessory,” and follow the instructions to add it to your room. Enter your Apple password if prompted.

Apple Homekit Sync Error With Philips Hue 

If you encounter a sync error, follow the same recommendations as the issues above.

FAQ

Can you set up Philips Hue Homekit without Bridge?

No, you need a Hue Bridge in order for these light bulbs to work with Apple Homekit. The Philips Hue Bluetooth bulbs will not work with Apple Homekit because you need the Bridge.

Where is the Homekit code on Philips Hue?

The Homekit setup code is located on the bottom of the Philips Hue Bridge.

Conclusion

Philips Hue products work with Apple Homekit, which means you can control them with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. All you have to do is download the free Home app on your Apple device, and you’ll be able to control your smart devices from anywhere. You can set up custom scenes like “Good Morning” or “Away From Home.”