HomeKit Multiple Hue Light management in different rooms

gigatoaster

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Hello there

I just bought my second Hue Light. I have one in the Bedroom and one in the Living Room. Is it possible via Siri to turn on only one light instead of saying "Turn the light on in the Living Room", Siri could know I am in the Living Room and not the Bedroom.

How do you manage several lights in different rooms?
 

StumpyBloke

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Hello there

I just bought my second Hue Light. I have one in the Bedroom and one in the Living Room. Is it possible via Siri to turn on only one light instead of saying "Turn the light on in the Living Room", Siri could know I am in the Living Room and not the Bedroom.

How do you manage several lights in different rooms?
You have to say it by room. It doesn’t know where you are physically in the house.
 

malcky77

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If you name the lights then you can ask Siri to turn them on easier too...say for example your lounge Lightstrip is near your tv...you could call them TV Lights in the hue app and in the apple home app...then all you’d need to say to Siri is: hey Siri, tv lights to purple 50%.

Once you have multiple lights and multiple lights strips in multiple rooms it starts to get a bit more complex.
 

gigatoaster

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Ah Thanks. I thought Siri could localize me in my Living Room automatically. I'll use "in the Living Room" from now, then. I also named the lights.
 

waw74

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the only difference is if you have a homepod

when talking to siri on the HomePod, "turn off the lights" only turns off the lights in the room the HomePod is assigned to, "turn off all the lights" turns off everything in the house
the aTV might also work like this, not sure, as i don't use siri there much for home control, and not home to test.
 
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malcky77

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You don’t have to say “in the living room” for each command, you can just say what you called the lights, colour choice and % brightness. For example:

hey Siri, tv lights..pink..50%.
hey Siri, desk light..100%.
hey Siri, window light..green..30%

or if you have put a room name in the lights name then say:

hey Siri, lounge light..red..40%.

Minimal words needed for Siri commands means less chance of error in my experience.

Also, in my case I have lights in my kids bedrooms, so I have called those lights their name, followed by type of light or it’s placement, so commands I might use are:

hey Siri, Logan’s light..purple..35%.
hey Siri, Skye’s Lightstrip..blue..70%
 
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StumpyBloke

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the only difference is if you have a homepod

when talking to siri on the HomePod, "turn off the lights" only turns off the lights in the room the HomePod is assigned to, "turn off all the lights" turns off everything in the house
the aTV might also work like this, not sure, as i don't use siri there much for home control, and not home to test.
I never realised that. I did wonder why when I said to HomePod turn off lights it only did those in the living room (where it is situated). That makes sense now. Cheers