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How does the Philips Hue bridge work?

Installing your Philips Hue lamps starts with connecting the Philips Hue bridge. The bridge is your starting point for your home's entire Hue system. You can read how to use the bridge on this page.

Explanation of the Philips Hue bridge

  • Philips Hue bridge
  • Compatible with Apple Homekit
  • Zigbee protocol
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The Philips Hue Bridge is the foundation of your Philips Hue lighting system. The bridge enables you to control all your Hue products via the Hue app. Connect up to 50 lamps and 10 accessories with 1 bridge, and provide your entire home with smart lighting. The Hue Bridge is also compatible with Apple HomeKit technology. Ask Siri to switch on or dim the lights without touching a button. To use Apple HomeKit, you'll need a smartphone or tablet with at least iOS 9.0. Of course, the bridge can also be controlled via Android with at least Android 2.3. Unfortunately, you can't use Apple HomeKit on Android.

The installation in 5 steps

  1. Connect the bridge to the power socket. Connect the bridge to your router or modem with the included ethernet cable.
  2. If you have loose "bulbs" in the starter pack, twist them into existing fixtures. If you've purchased a starter pack with a different lamp, connect it to the mains.
  3. Download the Hue app on your smartphone or tablet and launch the app.
  4. Press the bridge button.
  5. The bridge will contact the app. Give your lamps a name and the installation is ready.

How many lamps can I connect to 1 bridge?

You can connect up to 50 lamps to 1 bridge.

My Hue lamp isn't automatically connecting to my Philips Hue bridge, how do I solve this?

This is easy to solve. In the Hue app go to "settings" -> "my lights" and then to 'manually add a lamp via the product code'. Each Hue lamp has a 6-character code. When you enter this code in the Hue app and let the bridge search for the lamp, the bridge will connect to the lamp. You can now control your lamp with your smartphone or tablet.


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