Philips Hue is built to enrich what you love and how you want to live with smart light – and how it does it is unique. So just how do smart bulbs work? There’s much more to Philips Hue than smart bulbs, so let’s start from the beginning.
Three things you need for smart lighting
As advanced as our smart lighting is, setting it up is simple. It works in every home – and these three things will form the foundation of your personalised lighting experience.
1. Hue Bridge
If you’re wondering what the Philips Hue Bridge is, it’s this: the heart and brains of your smart lighting system. Connect it to your router to see the power behind all of the features Philips Hue offers.
The Philips Hue app is the command centre for your smart lighting system: control your lights, create automations, set up voice control, organise your lights into Rooms and Zones, and more.
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It’s a mesh network that’s enabled by a chip in your smart lights. The network expands as you add more bulbs, which is why outdoor smart lighting is possible with a Hue Bridge.
Philips Hue can also connect via Bluetooth, so you can enjoy a limited set of features if you don’t have a Hue Bridge. Perfect for a dorm room, a shed in the garden or even at your favourite campsite.
Ways to control your lights
Build your smart home the way you want with smart accessories and smart home assistants.
What can you do with Philips Hue?
Set the mood
Night in alone? Feel comfy, cosy and completely at home. Throwing a party? Match that joyful mood to the environment around you with colourful scenes or dynamic effects.
Get surround lighting
Sync your lights to your TV programmes, films, games or music! Immerse yourself in what you watch or listen to with lights that flash, dance, dim, brighten and change colour.
Let your lights turn on automatically to welcome you home as you pull into the driveway – or turn off when you leave. Make it look like you’re home when you’re away with a Mimic presence automation.
*When a bulb displays "Up to" a certain number of lumens in its specifications, it displays the maximum lumen output of the bulb. It shows how bright the bulb can get at 2700 K (White bulbs) or 4000 K (White ambiance or White and colour ambiance bulbs). Learn more about brightness.