How Philips Hue works


    The possibilities of Philips Hue smart lighting are endless, but the setup — whether with Bluetooth or the Bridge — is simple. Find out how Philips Hue works and how to get started with smart light.  

    Smart light — your way

    Philips Hue brings smart lighting to everyday homes, allowing anyone to create special moments and automate with light. Start with Philips Hue your way: Bluetooth or Bridge. And no worries: even if you start with a Bluetooth-controlled system, you can always add a Bridge.
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    Philips Hue with Bluetooth

    The easy start to smart light

    A Bluetooth-controlled system can control lights within Bluetooth range. Set the mood of a single room with any Philips Hue Bluetooth-compatible bulb and the Hue Bluetooth app, which controls up to 10 lights.
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    Philips Hue with Bridge

    Unlock the full experience

    Adding a Hue Bridge activates the built-in Zigbee network — a more advanced way to control your lights — and unlocks the full suite of smart lighting features: add up to 50 bulbs, set routines, and more.

    Bluetooth or Bridge

    Where will you start?

    Philips Hue with Bluetooth

    Philips Hue with Bridge


    Max. number of lights


    1 room


    Full home

    Yes *

    Voice control

    Installation-free dimming

    Works with Hue Dimmer Switch

    Warm-to-cool light for better ambiance **

    Light recipes for daily tasks **

    16 million colors of light ***

    Wake up and Go to sleep routines

    Set timers


    Configure Hue smart accessories


    Away-from-home control


    Automate lights with schedules


    Level up your gaming with synced light ***


    Sync lights with music and movies ***


    * With an Amazon Alexa or Google Home device, you can use simple 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 White ambience and White and colour ambience

    *** With White and colour ambience

    Get Started

    All Bluetooth-compatible smart lights

    Starting from $24.99

    All smart lights and accessories

    Starting from $24.99
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    Set up a Bluetooth-controlled system


    With Bluetooth-compatible lights and the Hue Bluetooth app, you control the lights in one room. Remember: you can add a Bridge at any time for full-home control.

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    Install your Hue Bluetooth-compatible lights

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    Set up a Bridge-controlled system


    With any Hue light — including Bluetooth-compatible lights — and the Hue app, you control the lights in your entire home.

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    Install your Hue lights

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    Connect a Hue Bridge

    Get to know Hue

    Learn more about the Philips Hue smart lighting system, including the difference between controlling Bluetooth-compatible bulbs and expanding your smart lighting system with the Hue Bridge.
    Bluetooth App


    Bridge App




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