Philips Hue brings HomeKit Adaptive Lighting support to its Ambiance smart lights

Following a period of beta testing, Philips Hue customers can now take advantage of HomeKit’s new Adaptive Lighting feature in the company’s Ambiance smart light products.

According to Dutch blog iCulture, a firmware update version 1941132070 or up is required to enable HomeKit’s Adaptive Lighting support for the White and Color Ambiance smart bulbs and the White Ambiance lamps in all shapes. Open the Hue app on your iOS device and choose Settings. Now hit Software Update, then choose Update to update your Hue Bridge.

Next, open the Home app and tap a banner listing your Philips lights that now work with Adaptive Lighting, then cherry-pick specific lights that you want to enable the feature for.

Adaptive Lighting is a new HomeKit feature that was introduced alongside iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 and macOS Big Sur earlier this summer. With Adaptive Lighting, your HomeKit bridges automatically adjust the color of supported light bulbs based on criteria such as warmer light in the morning and less blue light in the evening.

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This lets you ease into morning with warmer colors, stay focused midday with cooler colors and wind down at night by removing blue light, with subtle transitions between the changes.

It’s basically Night Shift for smart lighting.