How Philips Hue works

It all starts with a light bulb – or any other light you have. Set-up is simple, and controlling them is even easier.

Lights for any room

Outfit your whole home with our portfolio of bulbs as well as lamps, pendants and even outdoor lights.

One app to control them all

The Hue app gives you complete control over all the smart lights in your home.

Two ways to connect

Even if you start with a Bluetooth-controlled system, you can always add a Hue Bridge to unlock the full suite of smart lighting features.

Set up with Bluetooth

Set up with Hue Bridge

Three ways to control

Beyond the Hue app, you can control your smart lights how you want.

Hue app

Set scenes, customise controls and set up automations – only in the Hue app.

Voice control

Just say the word! Use your favourite voice assistant to control your lights.

Start your smart lighting

See what you need to do to install smart lighting in and outside your home.

Compare Bluetooth and Hue Bridge

Philips Hue with Bluetooth

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Philips Hue with Bridge

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Max. number of lights
1 room
Full home
Voice control *
Installation-free dimming
Works with Hue Dimmer Switch
Light recipes for daily tasks **
16 million colours of light ***
Wake up and Go to sleep automations
Set timers
Configure Hue smart accessories
Away-from-home control
Sync lights with games***
Sync lights with music and films***


* With an Amazon Alexa or Google Home device, use voice commands such as Alexa, dim the lights”, or "Hey Google, turn on the table lamp” to control your lights. Compatible devices include Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation, Amazon Echo Plus, Amazon Echo Show 5, Google Home Mini and Google Home Hub.

** With Hue White Ambiance and Hue White Ambiance and Color Ambiance

*** With Hue White Ambiance and Color Ambiance


We’re here to help

Have questions or need support? From FAQs and how-to videos to phone and email support, we are happy to help.

*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