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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.

Source: Philips

  • Jonathan

    I wish it was just a software update with the current bridge. :/ Me and my brother have Hues in our rooms and love it.

    • Maxim∑

      yeah its because of the homekit encryption. Philiphs shouldn’t have promised it last year… But current users get 33% off so the bridge is like $30 afer

      • MaRz Franco

        $30 afer? what is that?

      • Jonathan

        I think he means “$30 after the discount”.

      • MaRz Franco

        How do u think we get a $30 discount? Cause we can’t buy direct from Phillips

      • Jonathan

        Good question. I was wondering that as well.

      • Jonathan

        Hmmm. Only thing, I just switched to Android (yeah, I know) and I find with some apps I can use Google to control the lights, even with a Wear Watch.

  • MaRz Franco

    I contacted Phillips they said its $59.99 for the Square Bridge Upgrade starting Tuesday October 6th. I contacted Apple and they are already selling in-stores but with starter kits only not stand alone. Heads up if your not trying to get HomeKit Working, Best Buy is selling both Lux $79 Starter Kit and the Full $199 Color Kit on Sale, both $20 off. Lux $59 and Regular is $179. If anyone finds the New Bridge somewhere, please provide Link, thanks

  • Love this feature; but Siri’s responses are too lame. “Your humble abode is now set for “…. “Your digs are now set for…” WTF?? Just say “certainly” or “here you go” Maybe if we could customize Siri’s Hue responses