Philips Hue smart LED bulbs just got a little smarter with latest iOS update

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Philips Hue, the smart LED light bulbs for your home, just got a little bit smarter alongside the latest update to the iOS app pushing out now through the App Store. Top of the order is the new Geofencing feature, which can activate a scene automatically when you're coming home, and turn it off when you leave.

Beyond the auto-activating scene features, they can now be turned on or off using a timer between 1 minute, and 59 minutes. And, when activating a scene, the lights will now change at exactly the same time. Pretty cool, and the LivingColors also get some attention with more vibrant colors.

To take advantage of the full new functionality, you'll want to grab a copy of the app from the App Store, but also make sure that your Hue Bridge is updated to the latest firmware. I haven't yet played with the Philips Hue set up, though it's something on the ever growing list of toys to add to my home. Hue owners should drop us a line in the comments, let us know how do you like these new features?

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Philips Hue smart LED bulbs just got a little smarter with latest iOS update


Same here, even when it was very limited (feature wise) at the start, it was still an amazing product. Now Philips Hue has really upped its game, or some might say it finally has the features it should have had at the start, specially the new timer. And geofencing is a game changer! (For single people, not sure how it will work with multiple users) as I forget to turn them off constantly.

I originally bought it because of mobility issues, as it was difficult to get up off the bed or chair, and it was just an easy option to add to the home network (Pricey though). The Colors were just a gimmick to me. However they soon became an amazing bonus, and something I now value everyday (And night). At night, deep colors (Like blue and purple) really help with mood and comfort, and mornings with dim reds and oranges are great for a gentle wake-up. There is Nothing better then relaxing in bed Saturday morning with warm gentle colors bathing the room! I originally had the 3 bulbs in 3 different rooms (Living-room, Computer-room and Bedroom) but after playing with the colors they all made their way to the bedroom. It truly is an amazing product!

I'm hoping for a "transition" type of options. Eg. Wake with oranges/red/yellows and then over time (maybe an adjustable 1-30min.) where it would change to daytime whites. Same type of idea for nights, along with dimming till they turn off. (maybe over a longer time-frame, 30-90min.) Or great for kids, where 1 light dims to a "colored night light" and if there are other Hue lights in the room they slowly dim to off.

I like this system very much. Just beginning to explore the possibilities. I hope Philips will bring a variety of HUE bulbs to market, not just the current ones. I have several small lamps that I would replace with HUE versions if available.