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New house

Hey all

I'm doing up a new house.. in my current house I have everywhere with hue lights retrofitted (so managed by Alexa / Hue switches / Phone app).

In the new house I have a clean slate - what is everyone doing to manage lights the "smart way" whilst also maintaining the "normality" - I do hear complaints about lights being complex and not having a simple switch...

1 Comment
2024/06/28
09:59 UTC

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Do Festavia lights extend network range?

Do the Hue Festavia lights extend the range of the Hue network like the other Hue light bulbs?

I've googled but nothing came up.

2 Comments
2024/06/28
09:50 UTC

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My Hue led light strips will randomly turn a bright color for a couple of seconds then return to normal.

I have a led light strip around my desk, and when i have them on sync, It'll randomly turn a bright orange color for a couple of seconds. I have restarted the hub, created a new zone with the lights, and nothing seems to work. Anyone have a solution? thanks!

0 Comments
2024/06/28
06:46 UTC

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I can’t find my Bridge in my router/Cant get my Sync Box and Bridge to communicate

Howdy y’all. I’m a bit frustrated as I’ve been furiously googling all day trying to get this sorted. I got the sync box today and have been trying to get it set up but I’m having tons of issues. First, when I initially set up the sync box it paired and connected to my wifi just fine, but when I went to the Sync tab it says the Sync Box can’t connect to the Hue Bridge. I looked in my router and saw both devices listed. The Bridge was listed as a wired connection and the Sync Box was under the 2.4Ghz connection.

I decided to try to power cycle both devices to see if that would fix the issues. When I look at the devices connected to my router the Sync Box still shows up, but the Bridge is not listed. I was still able to connect to the Bridge through the phone app, but it showed (remote access). I reset my phone app and it now shows the Bridge status as “Connected”, but I still can’t see the Bridge in the connected devices on my router.

I’ll be honest I’m fairly tech illiterate so I have no idea what to do from here. I’ve seen people talk about static IP addresses and subnet masks and I have no clue what any of that means. Can anyone help walk me through this? I’m pretty overwhelmed.

0 Comments
2024/06/27
23:41 UTC

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I’ve been waiting quite a while for this…

Been waiting a long time to do all of our outdoor sconce fixtures with hue bulbs that are presentable enough for outdoor use (they’re all enclosed, don’t worry.) Also, I used my wife’s email to get the 15% off first purchase for newsletter sign-up on the hue website, so this purchase hurt just a little less. Will post proper photos when our landscaping is all finished! (Have several more hue outdoor products to be installed as well.)

48 Comments
2024/06/27
21:32 UTC

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Alexa now thinks all of my Hue bulbs are in one room

This morning I was leaving my bedroom and I told Alexa to turn the lights off. It did so, and then said, "By the way, I'm still learning where everything is. Are the Hue bulbs in the master bedroom?"

I figured it was some sort of new feature they just added, since I've been using these bulbs and Alexa for over two years now, so I said, "Yes."

It responded with, "Great, all Hue bulbs are now in the master bedroom."

Wait... what?

Sure enough, now whenever I say "Turn off the lights", instead of turning off the lights in just the room I'm in, it turns off all of my Hue bulbs, wherever they are in the house. The individual rooms still work if I call them by name, but the generic "Lights" is now a group. Almost all of our rooms have Hue bulbs, so this is going to be pretty annoying.

I can't figure out how to change it back to the way it was before. Has anyone else run into this?

4 Comments
2024/06/27
20:09 UTC

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Philips Hue motion sensor, no bridge yet — motion detection as a iPhone notification

Hello everyone,

I am looking for a technical solution that will send a notification to my iPhone as soon as someone enters our store. During the summer months, I like to be sitting across the street outside and not inside all day.

I am looking for a device without a lot of complicated extras. Ideally, a simple motion sensor that notifies me as soon as it detects movement.

I enthusiastically bought the Philips Hue Motion Sensor, only to find out that it requires a Bridge… The problem: I only have Wi-Fi in the store and no LAN connection

Maybe someone can help me and suggest a practical solution. I can buy other devices like HomePod mini or a zigbee usb dongle? Thank you!!

3 Comments
2024/06/27
17:49 UTC

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Sync box / Samsung One Connect

So I had my lights working years ago and after moving, hooked them up again. The issue is that when I switch the tv to the source plugged into the sync box (a blu-ray player), the tv doesn't recognize any active source. The lights are working though as they're changing from the activity on the disc menu.

When I originally had this all working, I was using a receiver. Also, the Hue app now has the sync box functionality and it did not when I last used the sync box. Any ideas?

8 Comments
2024/06/27
16:57 UTC

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Motion sensors and automation conflict.

My living room and hall lights are bound to two motion sensors. Programming is to do nothing until 10pm and then light for 5 minutes if motion detected until 6am.

I also set an automation for these lights to come on with scenes from 5pm till midnight.

While the motion sensors turn on the lights, the automation does not.

I do not know how to solve this.

Thanks in advance

3 Comments
2024/06/27
16:13 UTC

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Hue Go OG won't turn on even when plugged in

Any suggestions? I had a hue lightstrip that won't turn on a couple of years ago too.

Is it a good idea to get a replacement power adapter to see if that fixes the problem?

1 Comment
2024/06/27
14:54 UTC

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Automations turning off or on to full brightness after ending

When automations end my lights either turn off or go back to full brightness and then I have to use my streamdeck to fix it to what its supposed to be (only 1 or 2 keys to press but still I shouldnt have to as the automation should do it (its in its name)). I have 2 automations I use, one at 9:15pm that turns my lights to warm white, and 30s or so after it does that both lights turn off (i only have 2). The other automation is longer and fades from 80% (my normal brightness) down to 15% brightness over the course of 30 mins (helps me wind down for bed), When this automation ends the lights go back to 100% brightness which usually ends up blinding me. Does anyone know how to fix this (aka have the lights stay in the same state when the automation ends)

13 Comments
2024/06/27
11:21 UTC

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Tap dial switch led only cycles

I have a new tap dial switch. When I press any button it cycles through the four colors quickly. That included the setup button. If I hold the setup button indefinitely it keeps cycling and never does anything else. Is it defective?

7 Comments
2024/06/27
08:35 UTC

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De-auth old auth keys

So I know that to control the devices via the hub you need a key from the hub. My question is there a way to de-auth old keys or is it a case of when you make a new one the old one is scrapped, in this same sense can I use multiple keys (one for each set of code I make) or is it a only 1 at a time case

6 Comments
2024/06/27
07:48 UTC

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Email already in use?

I posted a week or so ago. My lights were not working with alexa via blutooth. I think they updated the skill or lights and it stopped working. So I got a bridge V2 square one. I plugged it in and went into the HUE app. At first it asked me to add my four bulbs to the bridge. But then it asked me to update the bridge. I hit update and after a bit it said the update failed. I closed the app and re opened it, and it said the update worked.

The app looked different now. I could not find the page with my lights that was there before. I tried searching for my bulbs and it found nothing. I had to go to each one and add the serial numbers to the app. Then it slowly found and reset each one to the bridge. I went into the alexa app to find the bulbs, it said to add a skill (that had a very low star score) I did it... then it asked me to sign into the HUE account. I did... and it said that email is already in use.

I did not hit make a new account, I selected sign into HUE and it just stopped saying "Email already in use, you are already signed in) It would then pop to an error message not being able to link the accounts to alexa.

4 Comments
2024/06/27
02:19 UTC

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Hue compatible dimmer switch for dumb lights

My home has a ton of lights on dimmers. Is there a Hue dimmer switch that I can continue to control these lights from within the app? In my previous house I had setup the tv light strip, 5 play light bars and about 8 bulbs. Out of the 8 bulbs, only 4 are compatible with my new house. I would change the lights bulbs and their corresponding switches but this would be very costly. My living room has 14 down lights alone.

1 Comment
2024/06/27
02:09 UTC

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All lights suddenly unreachable?

Been using them fine for years and all of a sudden all of them are unreachable. Not only that, but the physical reset 5 times off and on does nothing on any of them. All other non-hue bulbs are working fine so I can’t see an electrical problem. The hue bulbs also span across light fittings and lamps plugged in to sockets so any electrical issue would have to be with the entire house, and everything else is working fine.

I’ve tried a factory reset on the hub, no help.

Anybody had this before?

19 Comments
2024/06/26
22:33 UTC

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Compatibility of Govee LED Strip with Hue Backlight TV Hub

Can I use the Govee LED strip with the Hue Backlight TV Hub? The reason I'm asking is that I've used 3M double-sided tape to attach the Govee LED strip to the back of the TV, making it difficult to remove. Can I replace the Govee hub with the Hue hub and still use the Govee light strip?

2 Comments
2024/06/26
22:09 UTC

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Hue Bridge can't find lights and smart switches

I have an Phillips hue bridge, around 20 ikea trandfri bulbes, 2 ikea tradfri smart plugs and a hue dimmer switch. My setup worked just fine for over two years, but just recently it started saying that some of my stuff isn't connected anymore, I deleted the whole system and updated all IKEA stuff on the tradfri bridge, and now the Hue bridge can't find anything that I want to connect (even the hue dimmer switch can't be found) What should I do?

2 Comments
2024/06/26
20:12 UTC

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how to stop white flash?

i have a scene that is warm white in Homekit.

Every time I trigger it the Hue lights turn bright cool white 100% brightness for 3 seconds first, then switch to the warm white at around 50% brightness that they are programmed to be at.

How do i stop this from happening? very jarring especially when coming from darkness

3 Comments
2024/06/26
15:58 UTC

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Advice please, best way to Hue up a landing?

I've just started with a Hue starter kit with bridge for the outdoor and some Wiz bulbs inside so I'm not too knowledgeable and need some help please.

I want to buy additional kit to replace an existing standard switched light on my upstairs landing. I'd like that light to come on at night at a low brightness using the Hue indoor motion sensor. This seems very easy to achieve if I buy Hue lightbulbs, but... I'd be plugging the Hue bulbs into the current light fitting which is switched at the top and bottom of the stairs. So any of my kids could hit either switch and turn the power off, and I believe that the smart light would be offline.

I've had a brief look at the Hue switches but can't work out if they are the solution. The existing switches are 2 gang, as they both control a downstairs hallway light and the upstairs landing light.

Is there a way around my problem please?

edit: I thought about disconnecting the wires from the switches and making the live connection to the light permanent, but that removes the ability for the kids or guests to control the light when they won't have the Hue app, so I hope there's a better solution.

8 Comments
2024/06/26
13:50 UTC

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Lights Turning on and Off Randomly

The lights in the Bedroom group all turn on and off randomly throughout the day and night. There’s no pattern, and it can be any combination of lights within the group. And just within that group. I’ve tried resetting the Hue Bridge, deleted all the bedroom lights and reinstalled them. They are hooked up to Alexa, so I’ve unsynced Alexa entirely from Hue but it’s still happening. I do have Home Assistant set up, but it’s be working fine with it for about a year. I added Hue to a universal remote that I bought, but when I deactivated Hue from that it still keeps happening.

I’ve also deleted or disabled all automations in both Hue and Alexa and deleted leftover formulas in Hue Labs and run clean up. Another thing that’s been going on for a while is that lights that I delete keep I reappearing in Hue and others randomly duplicate themselves. That’s been happening for months but the random lights on and off is new in the last week.

My next move is to delete every light in the house and reinstall in Hue, Alexa, and Home Assistant, but I really don’t want to do that if unnecessary. It’s driving me crazy because they turn on in the middle of the night and wake me up and nothing seems to fix it. I’ve read through other posts on here, but maybe I’m missing something. Any ideas?

12 Comments
2024/06/26
07:02 UTC

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Hue Motion Sensor False Positives

Basically the title says my issue. I placed a motion sensor in my corridor so that whenever I enter it, the lights turn on (different scenes for different hours of the day etc) and go off when I leave it.

However it seems that no matter what I do, the thing imagines motion being detected when there absolutely isn’t anything. The lights will come on, and then go off… multiple times, as if someone is walking in the corridor.

My best guess is that this thing isn’t actually a motion sensor? It’s a light sensor? If I ramp the daylight sensitivity down, it disables the “motion detection” too. I’m at a loss.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? Or do I have to just eat the loss and find another actual motion sensor that’s HomeKit-capable to stop this happening? Thanks

10 Comments
2024/06/26
04:53 UTC

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Hue Gradient light strip

Hey there, I am switching from the Govee ecosystem to the Philips hue ecosystem. The way all Philips lights are shown indicate they should reflect off the wall. I currently have the Govee m1 with a diffuser facing me, kind of like those tiktok girls lol. The diffuser removes the dots and makes everything smooth because the m1 is 60 led per meter. My question is the hue led strips are 54 leds per meter. When you use 30 led per meter their is a hot spot and you can still see each led, I want to make sure that wont happen with hue, if anybody here has a diffuser with their light strips with no hotspots please let me know where to find them, Thank you!

6 Comments
2024/06/25
23:20 UTC

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I have purchased Hue Dimmer Switches (the zigbee wirless remote type)

They work fine in Hue app but they don't show as a device at all in HomeKit. Some people said they may show in a diffrent room and other things but I don't have them in any room. When I go into the Hue Bridge in homekit they also don't show as a device. I did re-sync homekit to Hue.. And I have added bulbs today and they all show but not the Hue remotes.

2 Comments
2024/06/25
16:55 UTC

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Lowes clearance

So I went to a lowes last night and while the company didn't have much hue products, I did manage to find a Hue plug for 23 bucks instead of 35 bucks so that was a win. Most of the bulbs and strips were still full price however.

0 Comments
2024/06/25
15:06 UTC

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Syncing Hue with HomeKit

I deleted my home and started a new one. I added 4 HomePods, and now I’m trying to sync all of my Phillips hue bulbs with homekit. Everytime it tries to sync with a bridge I get this notification. Any thoughts?

2 Comments
2024/06/25
13:35 UTC

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Advice on placing a lightstrip into a cabinet

We're getting a new TV cabinet in a few weeks time and I'm planning to add light strips into the ceiling of each layer of the open part of the cabinet. There will be holes in the sidewalls to put the strips through.

For the top two layers, I'll be placing 2 strips of 2 meters. For the bottom two, I'm thinking of letting the strips pass through the back of the cabinet.

What I'm looking for is how to wire everything up. Would it be best to have 4 separate plugs going into the wall or is it possible to daisy chain all the strips and make it one long strip (with cables in between not giving any light).

Any advice is welcome, thanks!

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2 Comments
2024/06/25
09:32 UTC

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Sync box not working with Apple TV or sound bar/system Sony 95k TV

Hello,

I am loosing my mind, I bought a sync box and it works great with my Switch and Wii U but when I use my 4K Apple TV (current version, bought this year), it is plugged into HMI port two, it doesn’t work and won’t play sound through my sound system (switches to the tv speakers and if you switch it back there’s no sound). Side note, sometimes it switches my sound to the TV and when I switch back it works fine.

I have read a lot of posts online and I can’t find a solution that works.

1 Comment
2024/06/25
09:02 UTC

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