Philips Hue 1.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Philips Hue 1.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Philips Hue, the pricey iPhone-controlled personal wireless lighting system, has captured Jeff’s imagination with its ability to control lighting when away from the house, turn on lights when pulling into the driveway, set timers to adjust lighting at certain periods during the day, etc.

The companion Hue app, a free download from the App Store, allows you to easily control your Hue lighting through your iPhone with just a few setup steps.

The software was originally designed around a non-standard interface and today got refreshed for the iOS 7 look and feel while adding sidebar navigation, introduction demo and a few other nice-to-haves…

Version 1.2 finally brings the app in line with the overall iOS 7 aesthetics.

Philips Hue 1.2 lets you save the current status of lights as a scene from light control, reorder lights from in-app settings and navigate using the new sidebar menu with support for sidebar notifications.

There’s also built-in introductory demo.

Philips Hue 1.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)Philips Hue 1.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)

Here’s Hue 1.2 changelog:

• new iOS 7 style design
• added sidebar navigation to make functionality easier to find
• added introduction demo
• lights can now be reordered from the app settings
• save current status of lights as a scene from light control
• added sidebar notifications

Since releasing Hue in October 2012, Philips has opened up the smart light bulb to third-party app makers via an API (IFTTT supports it, for example) and has expanded the family with the two-meter LightStrips and Bloom, a portable lamp with a 120 lumen LED bulb.

They also announced the tweaked BR30 variant which fits into recessed sockets to create the effect of light shining from a hole in the ceiling.

Philips Hue is available free in the App Store.

The 27.2MB download runs natively on iPhone/iPod touch devices with iOS 6 or later.

  • Tom

    It’s so overpriced…. F****ng 89 dollars for a LED lightbulb…

    • lemonhead

      yeah but if you think about the time it holds up its not expensive at all…
      10 years for 89 $ plus really low energy consume…
      that maked 89:10 = 8.90 + energy
      thats about 15-20 bucks a year.. acually not bad compared to other light bulbs

      • Tom

        Still, regular light bulbs cost like 2-3 dollars and the last 6 months 🙂 so it’s about 6 dollars a year

      • lemonhead

        hmm yeah but the electric cost are a lot worse and you will be doing something for the enviroment…
        & I just looked it up one is actually 59 that’s correct..
        so you will be having them for around 6 dollars too

      • Obsidian71

        Yes but regular bulbs don’t offer networking do they? But I’ll play your little foolish game. Regular bulb $2-3 nice and cheap but Cree LED bulb from Home Depot is about $6 yet I’m using less power and lasting 3x longer. Let’s compare Apple’s to Apple’s here.

      • WolfgangHoltz

        Yea and then you need to update your iOS every year and probably buy a new phone also because your old can’t run the new iOS to control them, so in the long run they be the most expensive light bulbs you ever bought

    • Obsidian71

      The hue bulbs are only $59. You may be thinking of another brand

  • Obsidian71

    I guess pricey is relative seeing as how prior to the hue it would cost thousands to do with it does. I love the new update, Phillips has done a good job of making it more accessible

  • WolfgangHoltz

    Wow!!! Can’t even use an iPod Touch 3G or iPad to control a light bulb from Philips anymore.
    Where to push for a thumbs down on this product?

  • J. Staud

    Is there an app that will allow me to continue to use my 3 year old iPod to control a light bulb? Why does this app really need IOS 7? – Just to make you buy a new iPod/iPad/iPhone to use them?