How to Set Up a Philips Hue Light

1 Power on Bulb

Power on your bulb or strip by following the appropriate step below.

Bulbs

  1. Make sure your lamp or light fixture is turned off.
  2. Remove the existing bulb from your fixture.
  3. Carefully screw in your new Hue bulb.
    Screwing in Hue bulb.
  4. Turn your lamp or light fixture on.

Light Strips

  1. Plug in the power cable.
  2. Make sure the outlet you've plugged your Hue light strip into has power.

2 Connect Bridge

  1. Plug in the Hue Bridge by connecting the power adapter to the Bridge and the other end into an available outlet.
  2. Connect one end of the provided ethernet cable into the Hue Bridge and the other end into an available ethernet port on the back of your router.
    Ethernet cable being connected to the rear of a router or switch. Illustration.
  3. Wait for all four lights to light up on the Hue Bridge, and then the setup process can begin.
    Philips Hue bridge being powered on.
    • First LED indicates Power. If this LED isn't on, make sure your bridge power adapter is plugged in.
    • Second LED means your Philips Hue bridge is connected to the home network. This light may or may not blink during the setup process.
    • Third LED means that your Philips Hue has internet connectivity. A solid LED means that it has an internet connection. Internet connection is not necessary if you don't want to control your lights through the cloud.
    • The center button is the Sync button. This can be pressed to allow apps to control your lights. This is a security fail-safe that prevents others from being able to control your lights without your permission. The app will let you know when you need to use this button.
      Philips Hue bridge powered up highlighting each LED light.

The Hue Bridge must be connected directly into your router with an Ethernet cable. The Hue Bridge does not have Wi-Fi built in.

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  1. iOS
  2. Android

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Power on your bulb or strip by following the appropriate step below.

Bulbs

  1. Make sure your lamp or light fixture is turned off.
  2. Remove the existing bulb from your fixture.
  3. Carefully screw in your new Hue bulb.
    Screwing in Hue bulb.
  4. Turn your lamp or light fixture on.

Light Strips

  1. Plug in the power cable.
  2. Make sure the outlet you've plugged your Hue light strip into has power.
  1. Plug in the Hue Bridge by connecting the power adapter to the Bridge and the other end into an available outlet.
  2. Connect one end of the provided ethernet cable into the Hue Bridge and the other end into an available ethernet port on the back of your router.
    Ethernet cable being connected to the rear of a router or switch. Illustration.
  3. Wait for all four lights to light up on the Hue Bridge, and then the setup process can begin.
    Philips Hue bridge being powered on.
    • First LED indicates Power. If this LED isn't on, make sure your bridge power adapter is plugged in.
    • Second LED means your Philips Hue bridge is connected to the home network. This light may or may not blink during the setup process.
    • Third LED means that your Philips Hue has internet connectivity. A solid LED means that it has an internet connection. Internet connection is not necessary if you don't want to control your lights through the cloud.
    • The center button is the Sync button. This can be pressed to allow apps to control your lights. This is a security fail-safe that prevents others from being able to control your lights without your permission. The app will let you know when you need to use this button.
      Philips Hue bridge powered up highlighting each LED light.

The Hue Bridge must be connected directly into your router with an Ethernet cable. The Hue Bridge does not have Wi-Fi built in.

  1. Open App Store.
    App Store
     
  2. Type in "Philips Hue" in the search bar.
  3. Select Philips Hue in the search results.
  4. Choose GET and install the app.
    Philips Hue app within the Apple app store, with the get button highlighted.

  5. Open the app to proceed with the setup.
  1. The app will begin searching for nearby Hue bridges.
    Philips Hue app with Searching for Hue bridges message across the top.
  2. When your bridge has been found, tap Set up.
    Philips Hue app with Set up button selected.
  3. To pair your app to the bridge, you must press the sync button on the bridge.
    Philips Hue app with illustration of the Hue Bridge.
  4. Go to your Philips Hue Bridge and press the center sync button.
    Philips Hue Bridge with Sync button in the center.
  5. Next, it's time to set up HomeKit and Siri if you're an iOS user. Tap on Pair bridge at the bottom.
    Philips Hue app with Pair Bridge button selected at the bottom.
  6. Tap on "My home" at the bottom and give your home a name. "Home" usually works just fine in this case. Tap on Create home when finished.
    Philips Hue app, with a field for Home name and a Create Home button.
  7. Next, you'll need to scan the accessory setup code that's on the back of the Hue Bridge. Hold your phone up to this code and it will detect it automatically. If you need to, you can enter the code manually.
    Philips Hue app with camera view up top and a Enter code manually button on the bottom.
  8. It's now time for your Hue Bridge to detect all of your Hue light bulbs, so tap on the + icon in the bottom-right corner.
    Philips Hue app with plus button selected in the lower right corner.
  9. Tap on Search.
    Philips Hue app with Search button selected.
  10. It will take several minutes for it to find all of your bulbs. If it doesn’t find all of your bulbs, you can tap on the + icon again and then select Add serial number to manually add the bulbs to your setup.
    Philips Hue app with a list of detected bulbs. The next button is selected in the upper right.
  11. Once all of your Hue bulbs are found, the app will prompt you to group them into rooms for easier control. Tap on the + icon in the bottom-right corner on the next page.
    Philips Hue app with plus icon selected.
  12. Tap on the text box at the top and give your first room a name. Tap Save when done.
    Screenshot of Hue app with field for room name in center, and Save button in upper right corner.
  13. Tap on Room type and select the type of room it is.
    Philips Hue app with icons of various room types listed.
  14. Under Light selection, check or uncheck any bulbs that you don’t want associated with this room. Tap Save when done.
    Philips Hue app with a list of bulbs. Next to each bulb there is a checkbox. The save button is in the upper right corner.
  15. Add more rooms if you want by tapping on the + icon at the bottom. Otherwise, tap on Next.
    Philips Hue app with the next button highlighted in the upper right.
  16. The initial setup is complete. Tap on Let's go to begin controlling your Hue lights.
    Philips Hue app with Let's Go button selected.

That's it. The Hue is setup and you should now be able to control your light(s) with the app!

  1. Open Play Store.
    Play Store

  2. Type "Philips Hue" in the search bar.
    Google Play store with Philips Hue in the search box.

  3. Select Philips Hue in the search results.
  4. Click Install to start downloading the app.
    Philips Hue app store page with open highlighted

  5. Once installed, click Open to proceed to the setup. Accept any prompts.
    Philips Hue app store page with open highlighted
  1. Tap to open the Philips Hue app.
    Philips Hue
     
  2. The app will begin searching for nearby Hue bridges.
    Philips Hue app with Searching for Hue bridges message across the top.

  3. When your bridge has been found, tap Set up.
    Philips Hue app with Set up button selected.

  4. To pair your app to the bridge, you must press the sync button on the bridge.
    Philips Hue app with illustration of the Hue Bridge.

  5. Go to your Philips Hue Bridge and press the center sync button.
    Philips Hue Bridge with Sync button in the center. Illustration.

  6. Any rooms that have previously been set up can be seen. You can control the lighting for your rooms here. If you wish, tap the gear icon to begin creating a new room, add new lights or accessories.
    Philips Hue app with Gear icon selected in the upper right.

  7. To create a new room, tap Room setup.
    Philips Hue app with Room Setup selected.

  8. Existing rooms will be shown. Tap the + symbol to add a new room.
    Philips Hue app with existing rooms shown. The plus icon is selected in the lower right.

  9. Give your room a name, select some lights to add to this room and then tap SAVE.
    Philips Hue app with new room setup options.

  10. Your new room will now show up in the room list where you can now control it.
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