Voice Control of your Philips Hue lights with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Home
Connect up to 50 Philips Hue lights to Philips Hue Bridge
Turn on your peace of mind
Get started with the Philips Hue white starter kit and experience peace of mind by controlling your lights wherever you are. It's all about simplifying your life and giving you peace of mind in smart and useful ways. Control your Philips Hue white lights from anywhere in the world, as long as you have Internet. Or automate your lights to make it seem like you're at home when you aren't.
Philips Hue white lights are the ideal way to start your Philips Hue system. Experience high-quality white light that you can dim smoothly. Connect the lights to Philips Hue bridge and control them with your smart phone or tablet. The Philips Hue White Starter Kit works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant.
You can control your lights remotely wherever you are. Check if you have forgotten to switch your lights off before you left your home, and switch them on if you are working late. With geofencing technology, your lights can even welcome you home or switch off automatically when you leave your home. It's all about simplifying your life and giving you peace of mind in smart and useful ways.
Set light schedules for easy home automation
Philips Hue can make it seem like you're at home when you're not, using the schedule function in the Philips Hue app. Set the lights to come on at a pre-set time, so the lights are on when you arrive home. You can even set rooms to light up at different times. And of course, you can let the lights turn off gradually in the night, so you never have to worry whether you've left any lights on.
Connect your Philips Hue lights with the bridge and start discovering the endless possibilites. Control your lights from your smartphone or tablet via the Philips Hue app, or add switches to your system to activate your lights. Set timers, notifications, alarms, and more for the full Philips Hue experience
Discover the Apple HomeKit features for Philips Hue
The Philips Hue White Starter Kit is compatible with Apple HomeKit technology. Ask Siri to turn on or dim your lights or recall presets without touching a single button. Via third party apps you can even link your lights to other Apple HomeKit enabled devices.
Connect up to 50 Hue bulbs and lamps
You can connect up to 50 lights and 10 accessories to the Philips Hue bridge (included). Simply begin with any of the available starter kits and start adding Philips Hue products. You can then control your lights at the swipe of a finger with the intuitive Philips Hue app for iOS and Android smart devices. Philips Hue is based on ZigBee, a low power, safe and reliable technology for controlling your lights. New features and improvements are continuously added to the system. Updates to both software and firmware are done wirelessly and seamlessly directly to your Philips Hue product.
Alexa is a "Virtual Assistant" based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed by the online giant Amazon. It was first used in the range of "Echo" Smart Speakers and is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audio books and providing sports scores, weather, traffic and other such real-time information such as news.
Since those early days, Alexa has not only been expanded into Smart Screens to provide video playback functionality and hands-free calling, but also into the Smart Home to be able to control a variety of Smart Devices directly, or via a companion hub / gateway such as Vera, SmartThings or Fibaro.
Today Alexa has a companion App that can be used to install "Skills" that enable integrations with other systems, control music, manage alarms and view shopping lists. It can also be used to enable your smart phone or tablet for voice control itself.
Being a Cloud based service Alexa is constantly updating and is continually learning, adding new functionality and skills. The more that you use Alexa, the more it adapts to your voice, the way that you speak and your personal preferences.
Alexa Skills add additional features to the service and are contributed by third party developers, reports during mid-2019 put the number of available Skills at over 100,000 - an incredible increase since launch. Alexa can order your favourite takeaway, book a taxi, check your railway commute times and even update your energy provider meter readings - all without you having to lift a finger.
From a Smart Home perspective, Alexa brings integration with many Smart Devices and systems out-of-the-box, for example there's support for Philips Hue, WeMo, Nest, Hive, Tado, Netatmo and the list is growing every day. Recent improvements have been to add devices such as locks and garage door / gate openers as well as sensors such as door and motion, allowing Alexa to react to external events too.
Now you can relax in your favourite arm chair and turn on the lights, turn up the thermostat and close the blinds while queuing up your favourite box set ready to stream to your TV. Just by using your voice!
Ethernet is a family of computer networking technologies commonly used in "local area networks" (LANs) and over a period of time has largely replaced older competing wired LAN systems such as token ring.
Nowadays nearly every home has a connection to the Internet utilising a Router that provides WiFi but the humble Ethernet connection - those funny looking plug socket things on the back of your Router - is still present!
Home Automation systems commonly use Ethernet connectivity for their "central" controller or gateway because a hard-wired connection still comes out on top if you need fast and reliable communications.
HomeKit is an initiative that was introduced by Apple and works across the iOS and macOS ecosystem. It is designed as an "integration layer" between all existing and new Smart Home technologies.
One problem with a typical Smart Home is that if you want the best system for each task - be it lighting, heating, security, energy monitoring or media control - you'll often end up with several different systems that can't communicate with each other.
You'll also likely have several different Apps or web User Interfaces (UIs) for remote control purposes, which means frequently chopping and changing between Apps or web browser tabs. It can become hard to keep track of what device is controlled by what App - especially for the less technical user!
Apple HomeKit has the rather lofty goal of bringing all these disparate systems together by enabling their Apps to interconnect, allowing your devices to work together and make them controllable in more ways, straight from your iPhone, iPad or MAC PC.
Over 100 worldwide brands have committed to providing devices that are compatibile with HomeKit so the range is expanding every day. Crucially every device that wishes to utilise the HomeKit framework has to be submitted to and reviewed by Apple themselves before it can be approved, which ensures an excellent out-of-the-box experience. In particular Apple offers the most simple setup process for HomeKit devices - simply bring your Apple phone or tablet in close proximity to the device if it offers NFC capabilities or simply scan the HomeKit setup code with on the device itself or in its instructions. It will be instantly paired and configured.
With the Home App, or with any other Home compatibile App (such as Eve or HomeDash), you can easily and securely control all your HomeKit devices from all your Apple devices, even when you are away from home. Recent improvements to the system such as HomeKit enabled Internet Routers mean that it's now even more secure.
AirPlay 2 enabled devices such as TVs and music players can also be added to the Home App, allowing them to be integrated into your wider Smart Home logic. HomeKit Secure Video is another advanced feature, allowing supported cameras to forward activity footage for analysis to determine if people, pets or cars are present. All of this happens locally within your home with no reliance on Cloud services, other than for securely storing the recorded video itself in your iCloud account.
Scene capabilities will allow you to set devices across all manner of technologies all with a single command - your "Leaving Home" Scene could turn off your Philips Hue lighting, lower the temperature on your Nest Thermostat, lock your Yale door locks and arm your Z-Wave security system.
HomeKit also integrates the Apple voice recognition / synthesis technology known as Siri, allowing you to use natural language to control your Smart Home. Tell Siri "Turn on the upstairs lights", "Set home temperature to 21°C" or even a simple "Good night" and she will interpret your commands perfectly.
The final piece of the puzzle that HomeKit provides is the ability to use cross-technology logic - so different products can trigger each other based on additional conditions. For example "set the bathroom radiator to 22°C at 06:00 but only when you're at home and only if your alarm is set for 06:30".
It should be noted however that any logic functionality or remote access control are dependant on an "always on" Apple device such as a HomePod, Apple TV or iPad being permanently present in your home.
HomeKit promises to be an exciting addition to our Smart Homes and we can't wait to see it reach its full potential over the coming years!
ZigBee is an open standard for a low-cost, low-power, wireless mesh network targeted at the wide development of devices for wireless control and monitoring applications. By building on top of the physical layer and media access control defined in the IEEE standard 220.127.116.11 it natively supports mesh networking as well as offering secure communications by default.
Backed by some of the worlds biggest companies, including Philips, Nest, Samsung, Texas, Siemens & Whirlpool, ZigBee technology is currently being built into millions of Smart Home Devices worldwide. Lights, thermostats, alarms, fridges, doors, appliances, utility meters - all are being ZigBee enabled. Recently the likes of Amazon, Apple and Google have all begun to integrate ZigBee into their Smart Speakers and Smart Screens too!
With ZigBee based devices you get a robust, resilient and self-managing system. ZigBee devices are often much simpler than their Z-Wave counterparts, prefering to focus on specific tasks such as motion sensing or dimming a light, rather than trying to combine lots of different functionality into one device.
During the early years they often used "closed" protocols at the application layer, meaning that products from different vendors wouldn't interoperate, but fortunately the standard has been through many revisions to improve this. Broadly speaking there are two ZigBee profiles in use - ZigBee Light Link (ZLL) and ZigBee Home Automation (ZHA). Devices within each profile should work together out-of-the-box and, as long as your ZigBee Controller supports a specific profile, devices from that profile should work within it.
ZigBee also uses a single frequency globally - the 2.4GHz band (the same as 2.4GHz WiFi). This means that you can use devices from around the world in your ZigBee network without having to worry about picking the correct frequency! For further information see the Silicon Labs reference.
There's also an emerging standard called ZigBee 3.0 which merges both the ZLL and ZHA profiles, combining the strengths of each into one new standard. In most cases ZigBee 3.0 devices are backwards compatible with ZigBee Controllers that only support ZLL or ZHA.
The ZigBee Alliance now promotes ZigBee as the protocol for the so-called "Internet of Things" (IoT) due to its open and non-proprietary nature and because it is now a mature, reliable and clearly defined standard.
ZigBee offers FIVE key solutions in its portfolio:
Zigbee creates flexibility for developers & end users, while delivering stellar interoperability. Created on IEEE’s 802.15.4 using the 2.4GHz band and a self-healing true mesh network, Zigbee has many applications and is widely implemented across the globe.
Dotdot gives product developers the freedom to choose the network that works for their application, and consumers the freedom to choose the brands and products that transform the way we live, work and play.
Green Power is a battery-less feature for smart networks cast across large facilities. Green Power enables wireless devices to be powered utilizing energy-harvesting methods with limited or no batteries.
Smart Energy is the world’s leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform and automate the delivery and use of energy and water. It helps create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to easily reduce their consumption.
JupiterMesh is the robust, low-power industrial IoT wireless mesh network with flexible data rates that enables neighborhood and field area communications for utilities and municipalities deploying intelligent grid and smart city solutions.