Philips Hue Bulbs Can Now Remain Off Following a Power Outage

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
     
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    Have they made a way to determine if a bulb is powered on or powered off in an automation?
     
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    This was extremely annoying so this is a welcome change.
     
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    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

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

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    Super excited that this is finally possible!!

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    Oh. Thanks Philips.
     
  11. joueboy macrumors 65816

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    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!
     
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    You’re angry because they will behave like a regular light bulb?
     
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    Also good when there is a light switch controlling the bulb.
     
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    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

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    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.
     
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    "Siri, turn off all the lights".

    Then go back to sleep.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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

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    1880 called. They want their feature back.
     
  23. philipk macrumors 6502

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    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!
     
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    Sounded great until I realized it doesn't support 21 of my 37 bulbs -.-


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