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Philips Hue Bridge

Adds remote and voice control to Philips Hue system

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Overview

Our take on the Philips Hue Bridge

Imagine being able to verbally tell your lights to turn off or on. And then imagine you can dim them or have them change colors, just by saying so out loud. This hub lets you use Google Home, Alexa, or Siri to issue voice commands to Philips Hue bulbs and lighting modules.

Voice control for Philips Hue lighting

Imagine being able to verbally tell your lights to turn off or on. And then imagine you can dim them or have them change colors, just by saying so out loud. This hub lets you use Google Home, Alexa, or Siri to issue voice commands to Philips Hue bulbs and lighting modules.

A single voice command can change your thermostat setting, choose a lighting scheme that matches the time of day, or lock the doors. That's just the beginning. You choose the devices you want to connect, and let the Philips Hue HomeKit Bridge do the work.

Product Highlights:

  • new square-shaped bridge lets Philips Hue lighting modules work with Apple HomeKit devices
  • compatible with:
  • scene modes let you match lighting, security, temperature, and more to your mood with a single command
  • controls up to 50 Hue bulbs and 12 lighting accessories
  • Zigbee Light link protocol 1.0 certified
  • 3-1/2"W x 3-1/2"W x 1"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Hue Bridge (Gen 2)
  • AC adapter with attached 70" DC output cord (DC output: 5V 2A)
  • US 2-pronged adapter
  • 39" Ethernet cable (RJ45 plugs on each end)
  • World of Hue booklet
  • Operating Instructions
  • AC plug instructions
Reviews

Philips Hue Bridge Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

Philips Hue Bridge

Crutchfield customer from Frisco, TX on 10/8/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Super!!

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Hue hub

Robert from Monroe, CT on 3/22/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as expected. Runs the hue lights , kinda of a pain when integrating to amazon echo ... it requires a push of the top during the discovery period, initiated by echo app....

Pros: Works as expected

Cons: Requirement to push top buttome during discovery from Amazon echo app

Philips Hue HomeKit Bridge

Jonathon from Olalla, WA on 2/24/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Received it yesterday was super excited to get it along with 3 of the hue Light Bulbs. It does not even power on. Waiting to hear back on a fix for this. So far it has been a waste of money because without the bridge the lights are dim and not worth the money.

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Crutchfield response on 2/28/2017 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. Our Customer Support team sent Jonathan a replacement as soon as he contacted us.
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Features

Overview: The Philips Hue Bridge is the central part of the Philips Personal Wireless Lighting system. When used with Philips Hue light bulbs and the Philips Hue app, you can control the lights in your home wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet. You can set up light schedules, control the lights when you're away from home, and even change the color of the lights to match your mood. Additional Hue products can be added to the system, up to a maximum of 50 products that can be controlled by a single bridge.

Apple HomeKit Compatible: This Hue Bridge is compatible with Apple HomeKit technology, which allows you to control your lights using your Apple iOS device, including voice control through Siri. The Bridge supports the hardware authentication required for Apple HomeKit. (The original round-shaped bridge is not compatible with HomeKit technology.)

Hue Personal Wireless Lighting: The Hue Personal Wireless Lighting System lets you individually control the lighting products in the system using your smartphone or tablet. Through the Hue app, you can do the following:

  • Paint With Light: You can choose from 16-million colors to light, or change the look of, your room. Your favorite light settings can be saved for later recall.
  • Sync Lights With Movies or Music: The lights can be synchronized to change with the scenes in a movie, or pulse to the beat of your music. (Third party apps may be required.)
  • Create An Ambience: The app lets you use different shades of white light to create an ambience. The bulbs can produce shades of light from energizing cool daylight to relaxing warm white light.
  • Light Mood Presets: Preset light moods let you instantly change the lights in the room to fit the moment. Optimal settings are available for reading, relaxing, concentrating, and energizing.
  • Wake Up: Gradually increasing light intensity helps to gently wake you up with light, similar to the natural light of the morning sun.
  • Light Schedules: The lights can be programmed to come on and go off at a preset time, including lighting rooms at different times. At night, you can let the lights turn off gradually, so you don't have to worry about leaving lights on.
  • Remote Lighting Control: When you're away from home, you can turn lights on or off from your smartphone. You can also check the status of your lights when you're not there.
  • Geofencing: When the bridge detects that your smartphone is within a certain distance, it will automatically turn lights on or off. For example, as you approach your house, your lights will automatically turn on so you won't have to enter a dark room. (Third party apps may be required.)

Mounting: The Hue bridge can be wall-mounted or placed on a desktop. It connects to your router via the included Ethernet cable, and communicates wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet and the Hue lighting products. It operates on the 2.4GHz band, and Zigbee Light link protocol, and comes with a AC adapter with a 5V 2A DC output.

Features

Overview: The Philips Hue White Ambiance Bulb Starter Kit (#471986) consists of four Wi-Fi controllable LED white ambiance bulbs, and the Hue wireless bridge. With these items, and the free Philips Hue app, you can control the lights wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet. The Philips Personal Wireless Lighting allows you to set up light schedules, and control the lights when you're away from home. The color temperature of these White Ambiance bulbs can be varied to set the mood you want. With optional color ambience bulbs and other accessories, you can even change the color to paint your room with light. Additional Hue products can be added to the system, up to a maximum of 50 bulbs and 12 Hue accessories that can be controlled by a single bridge.

Apple HomeKit Compatible: This Starter Kit is compatible with Apple HomeKit technology, which allows you to control your lights using your Apple iOS device, including voice control through Siri. The kit includes the new square-shaped Hue bridge (version 2.1), which supports the hardware authentication required for Apple HomeKit. (The round-shaped bridge from the original Hue Starter kit (#426353) is not compatible with HomeKit technology.)

Light Bulbs: The four E26 LED white ambiance bulbs included in this Starter Kit can be used in most standard light sockets (Edison screw base). The bulbs are rated at 10 watts and 806 lumens (at 4000 Kelvin), and have an estimated nominal lifetime of 25,000 hours. Inside the bulb is a wireless interface that allows you to dim or brighten the light output from warm white (2200K) to cool daylight (6500K). The internal software is automatically upgradable when connected to the Philips Hue bridge. The bulbs have a beam angle of 160° (±20°), and an instant 100% startup time.

Bridge: The Hue Bridge 2.1 is the heart of the Philips Hue system, and can be wall-mounted or placed on a desktop. It connects to your router via the included Ethernet cable, and communicates wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet and the Hue lighting products. It operates on the 2.4GHz band (2400-2483.5 MHz), and Zigbee Light link protocol, and comes with a AC adapter with a 5V 2A DC output. Dimensions: Width 3.58", Height 3.564", Depth 1.055".

Hue Personal Wireless Lighting: The Hue Personal Wireless Lighting System lets you individually control the lighting products in the system using your smartphone or tablet. Three types of Philips Hue lights are available: White, White Ambiance (this starter kit), and White and Color Ambiance. Through the Hue app, and with the right Hue products, you can do the following:

  • Paint With Light: You can choose from 16-million colors to light, or change the look of, your room. Your favorite light settings can be saved for later recall.
  • Sync Lights With Movies or Music: The lights can be synchronized to change with the scenes in a movie, or pulse to the beat of your music. (Third party apps may be required.)
  • Create An Ambience: The app lets you use different shades of white light to create an ambience. The bulbs can produce shades of light from energizing cool daylight to relaxing warm white light.
  • Light Mood Presets: Preset light moods let you instantly change the lights in the room to fit the moment. Optimal settings are available for reading, relaxing, concentrating, and energizing.
  • Wake Up: Gradually increasing light intensity helps to gently wake you up with light, similar to the natural light of the morning sun.
  • Light Schedules: The lights can be programmed to come on and go off at a preset time, including lighting rooms at different times. At night, you can let the lights turn off gradually, so you don't have to worry about leaving lights on.
  • Remote Lighting Control: When you're away from home, you can turn lights on or off from your smartphone. You can also check the status of your lights when you're not there.
  • Geofencing: When the bridge detects that your smartphone is within a certain distance, it will automatically turn lights on or off. For example, as you approach your house, your lights will automatically turn on so you won't have to enter a dark room. (Third party apps may be required.)

App Compatibility: The Philips Hue app is available for Apple devices running iOS 10.0 or later. The app is also available for Android devices running OS 5.0 and up.

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Why did you buy this?

This will provide beautiful, controlled lighting without the need for physically hitting the switches. [ Rolo  Jul 21, 2018 ]
I have a Samsung smart things hub controlled with google home. Philips has a great selection of lighting accessories with color and mood themes as well as led indoor and outdoor lighting. it's the best choice for any need. [ jim  Jan 09, 2017 ]
TO GO WITH THE PHILIPS BULBS [ WAYNE  Sep 28, 2016 ]
Integrate Siri into my Hue lights. [ LeRoy  Jul 11, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

The hub needs to connect to your wireless network, doesn't matter how close it is to the lights. It's more important how good your wireless signal is where the lights will be. [ Toby  Jul 18, 2017 ]
I have them about 75 feet at least without issues [ eric  Jul 18, 2017 ]
i don't know the far extent but I can say mine is about 50-60 apart and works well. The zigbee protocol says 20m. [ william  Jul 18, 2017 ]
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