Keeping true to its promise of adding support for Apple’s homeKit platform to its Hue lineup of smart lights, Philips today launched a brand new Hue Bridge 2.0 with HomeKit support, bringing HomeKit compatibility to existing Hue bulbs and lamps. In addition, the new Bridge supports other connected home platforms so it’s future-proof while the original, round-shaped Bridge will continue to be supported with software updates.
The integration of the Hue connected lighting system with HomeKit allows users to control their Hue lights through Siri on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch.
Scenes are supported, too, so users can unlock the front door, turn the lights on and the heating up with a single voice command, even when they’re not at their home.
“You can ask Siri to ‘wake up’ your home, turning on your Philips Hue lights and setting the thermostat to a comfortable temperature helping you and your family have a pleasant start to the day,” the company writes.
“At night you can ask Siri to recall light scenes you’ve created using the Philips Hue app, or set your home to ‘night mode’ turning off your lights and locking your front door.”
The square shaped Hue Bridge 2.0 is controllable via the Philips Hue app, which has been refreshed with full support for HomeKit and iOS 9. It also works with third-party apps, including those with HomeKit support. The connected home accessory will be available in Europe and North America from Tuesday, October 6, 2015.