Hue Lights - v4.2 Release Notes

Advanced control for your Hue Personal Wireless Lighting System

Hue Lights brings you the perfect marriage of hardware and software. Get the most out of your Philips Hue System with fast widget support, shared Scenes and Groups, comprehensive scheduling, customized sequences, Apple Watch support, powerful light controls, and remote control. Hue Lights offers excellent support for the latest Philips hardware including Hue motion sensor, Hue dimmer switch, and Hue Tap. Create multiple time intervals for motion and non-motion events. Control separate Hue dimmer switch buttons using long-press and short-press actions. Scene details, schedules, motion sensor time intervals, and switch details are stored directly on your bridge for easy sharing with other devices on your WiFi network.

Enjoy spectacular choreographed audio/visual background animations and sequences! Bring your Hue Lights to a whole new level with multi-track, synchronized, and visually appealing light animations. The "Hue Lights" third-party app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch gives you fast, accurate, and complete control of your Hue Personal Wireless Lighting System. Create personalized categories, scenes, and favorites. Access frequently used lighting scenes with just one tap. Set up your favorite colors with precise control over all possible light attributes. Apply favorites to lights, scenes, and groups for quick set-up and changes.

What's New in Hue Lights v4.2?

One of the most requested features is now available in Hue Lights v4.2! Create custom sequences and run these on the Philips Hue bridge.

Premium sequences run directly on the Philips Hue bridge. Start and stop premium sequences from schedules, Hue dimmer switches, sunrise/sunset events and more. Premium sequences can run indefinitely. Premium sequences will still work when your iPhone/iPad is powered off. Create schedules to start and stop multiple premium sequences. The sequences screen shows the status of all premium sequences. See support pages for details and examples.

New Features

Recent Features

The Richer Colors and Scenes In-App purchase is recommended for Philips Hue bulbs. It includes 10 new scenes: Arctic Mist, Autumn, Big Sur, Coral Reef, Cornucopia, Glacier, Jordan Almonds, Lilac Garden, Pastel Valley, and Seaside. Tap Settings → Upgrade → Richer Colors and Scenes to purchase this In-App item. You can use this In-App purchase on all of your other iOS devices. Use the Restore Previous Purchases option on the new device to unlock all of your In-App purchases.

You can purchase various Philips Hue bulbs via these Amazon links. In-App purchase:

Alexa Tips

You can create precise scenes with the Hue Lights app that let you configure every possible value of each light attribute (hue, saturation, color temperature, brightness, on/off status). To make your Amazon Echo device recognize a custom Hue Lights scene follow these steps:

  1. Create a User Defined Scene
  2. Within the scene detail screen tap Scene Effects
  3. Tap Room and assign a room from the ROOMS section
  4. Save this scene on the bridge by tapping Share on Bridge
  5. Launch the Amazon Alexa app and tap the 3 horizontal bars at the upper left of the screen
  6. Tap Smart Home → Scenes → Discover Scenes
  7. Your new scenes should show up once the search completes
  8. If your scene is named Mars, activate it by saying Alexa, turn on Mars

If there are no rooms listed in step 3, then you should create a group with a Room group type. Rooms are currently required for correct Alexa operation. Once you save a Hue Lights scene on the bridge it will also be visible in the native Philips app.

Since a single scene can turn some lights on and other lights off you can trigger dramatic changes with a few words. The scenes created by the Hue Lights app store some information on the bridge and other information directly on the Hue bulbs. This makes it possible to have all bulbs react at the same time. Give it a try! If you have any questions, you can always contact support within the app.


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