Philips Hue Bulbs Can Now Remain Off Following a Power Outage

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Signify updated the Philips Hue iOS app to version 3.11.0 this week, introducing the ability for users to select a customized bulb status after a power outage (via Reddit). Previously for Philips Hue owners, when the power would go out and then come back on, all of their connected Hue bulbs and fixtures would immediately turn back on, even if they were off before the power outage.


    Now, thanks to the "Power-on behavior" setting, users can go into each Hue bulb and choose from a default light (warm white, full brightness) or a power loss recovery mode that allows the bulb to return to the last used color and brightness following a loss of power. With this setting, if your bulbs were off while you were sleeping during a power outage, they'll revert to that off state when the power returns, meaning you won't be disturbed during sleep with bright lights coming back on.

    On Reddit, confirmed by our own testing, users noted that some Hue bulbs display a "not supported" message under the new power-on behavior setting. This appears to be an issue affecting certain types of Hue bulbs, including Hue White Ambiance lights, but the new update appears to be rolling out in stages, so wider support for the full Philips Hue lineup is expected soon. At this time, there is also no toggle to choose one power-on behavior for all of your Hue lights at once, so you'll have to go into each individual light to pick a setting.

    Signify also warns users that the Philips Hue color lamps of early generations might still give a flash of white light before returning to the selected setting, even if it is the new power loss recovery setting. "This is expected behavior," the company explains. Those interested can update to version 3.11.0 of the Philips Hue app today on the iOS App Store [Direct Link]. The Android app has received a similar update as well.

    Article Link: Philips Hue Bulbs Can Now Remain Off Following a Power Outage
  2. beanbaguk macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2014
  3. Takeo macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2004
    So “off” isn’t an option for power loss recovery? Just the previous setting or white / 100%? So if you lose power in the evening when all your lights are on and power isn’t restored until sometime in the middle of the night they’re still all going to come back on in the middle of the night... unless you turn them all of at the physical switches before going to bed. That would mostly work... except in the case of 3-way switch where you may not know which position of the 2 switches = off.
  4. mac.cali macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2012
  5. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
    Have they made a way to determine if a bulb is powered on or powered off in an automation?
  6. Spoon! macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2018
    This was extremely annoying so this is a welcome change.
  7. bbednarz, Dec 13, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2018

    bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    Only the newest generation of bulbs look to be supported... Kind of crazy with how much these bulbs cost. I'd like to hear the reason only the newest bulbs can get the update. I can't imagine there is some kind of hardware requirement for this. Its not like my bulbs are all that old. Bought most of them in April and August 2016. Disappointed that they are essentially obsolete already.

    edit: Didn't read the article before I installed and tried testing this out. I guess we'll see if it comes to older bulbs.
  8. Explorz macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Except LW (white) bulbs which haven't seen a Hue update since November of 2017. All of those bulbs will show up as not supporting this long overdue feature. So, a pretty weak offering by Philips.
  9. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    A welcome change. I've been awoken by my Hue lights at least once from a power outage.
  10. R10k macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2017
    Super excited that this is finally possible!!


    Oh. Thanks Philips.
  11. joueboy macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2008
    Never had a Philips hue bulbs but I had even a cheapest Sonoff switch, and they had this feature since last year when I started with Echo. I would have taught Philips is ahead among competitors due to their pricing but it’s not, surprisingly!
  12. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    You’re angry because they will behave like a regular light bulb?
  13. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
  14. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2008
    Also good when there is a light switch controlling the bulb.
  15. ozthegweat macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2007
  16. nwcs macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2009
    Strangely it only seems to apply to newer bulbs. I have 4 bought at different times with the same specs but apparently different models.
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    That will be nice!
  17. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    My grandparents are welcome again! Had to setup color and brightness again after each visit as they always turn on/off the lights roundabout a thousand times.
  18. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    "Siri, turn off all the lights".

    Then go back to sleep.
  19. AtheistP3ace macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2014
    Sweet update!!! I absolutely love my hue bulbs. I have them everywhere in every room downstairs for every light and the hue plays for behind the tv. It looks amazing and just gets better everyday.
  20. upandown macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2017
    The new feature only works with one power off. Lol the second time you remove power to the lights and switch them back on, it falls back to full brightness warm white.
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    Which is the main reason for this feature. ‘Loosing power’ is just the best way to describe the feature.
  21. AtheistP3ace macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2014
    Wow just tested this myself and it does work the first time and second time goes back to warm white, Darn.
  22. KazKam macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2011
    1880 called. They want their feature back.
  23. philipk macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2008
    To me this is great news. I wasn't going to switch for safety reasons. Now that I know that I can flip the switch twice to get it back, I will set my lights to last power state. The best of both worlds!
  24. lobbyist macrumors regular


    Apr 27, 2008
    Montreal, QC
    Sounded great until I realized it doesn't support 21 of my 37 bulbs -.-

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