How Philips Hue works

The possibilities of Philips Hue smart lighting are endless, but the setup — whether with Bluetooth or the Bridge — is simple. Find out how Philips Hue works and how to get started with smart light.

Smart light — your way

Philips Hue brings smart lighting to everyday homes, allowing anyone to create special moments and automate with light. Start with Philips Hue your way: Bluetooth or Bridge. And no worries: even if you start with a Bluetooth-controlled system, you can always add a Bridge.

Philips Hue with Bluetooth

The easy start to smart light

A Bluetooth-controlled system can control lights within Bluetooth range. Set the mood of a single room with any Philips Hue Bluetooth-compatible bulb and the Hue Bluetooth app, which controls up to 10 lights.

Philips Hue with Bridge

Unlock the full experience

Adding a Hue Bridge activates the built-in Zigbee network — a more advanced way to control your lights — and unlocks the full suite of smart lighting features: add up to 50 bulbs, set routines, and more.

Bluetooth or Bridge

Where will you start?

Philips Hue with Bluetooth

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Philips Hue with Bridge

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Max. number of lights
1 room
Full home
Voice control *
Installation-free dimming
Works with Hue Dimmer Switch
Warm-to-cool light for better ambiance **
Light recipes for daily tasks **
16 million colors of light ***
Wake up and Go to sleep routines
Set timers
Configure Hue smart accessories
Away-from-home control
Automate lights with schedules
Level up your gaming with synced light ***
Sync lights with music and movies ***


 * With an Amazon Alexa or Google Home device, you can use simple voice commands such as, 'Alexa, dim the lights', or,' 'Hey Google, turn on the table lamp', to control your lights. Compatible devices include: Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation, Amazon Echo Plus, Amazon Echo Show 5, Google Home Mini and Google Home Hub.
** With White ambience and White and colour ambience
*** With White and colour ambience

Get started

All Bluetooth-compatible smart lights

All smart lights and accessories

Set up a Bluetooth-controlled system

With Bluetooth-compatible lights and the Hue Bluetooth app, you control the lights in one room. Remember: you can add a Bridge at any time for full-home control.


Install your Hue Bluetooth-compatible lights

Set up a Bridge-controlled system

With any Hue light — including Bluetooth-compatible lights — and the Hue app, you control the lights in your entire home.


Install your Hue lights


Connect a Hue Bridge

Get to know Hue

Learn more about the Philips Hue smart lighting system, including the difference between controlling Bluetooth-compatible bulbs and expanding your smart lighting system with the Hue Bridge.





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