HomeKit What do I need to use Phillips Hue?

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  1. mtngoatjoe macrumors regular

    mtngoatjoe

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    I'm a total HomeKit newb. Please forgive my ignorance.

    I want to get my daughter some Phillips Hue bulbs for her room. We have an Apple TV in the living room.

    She will be controlling the bulbs with her iPad.

    Do I need to get her the Hue Bridge, or will her iPad work through the Apple TV?

    Thanks!
     
  2. StumpyBloke Suspended

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    You need the hue bridge
     
  3. ipedro macrumors 601

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    A Hue starter kit will include the hub and light bulbs. You'll only need one hub for the entire house.
     
  4. mtngoatjoe thread starter macrumors regular

    mtngoatjoe

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    Thanks guys! I found the bridge, 2 color bulbs, and a light strip at Costco, so that's what I'll go with!
     
  5. waw74 macrumors 68040

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    the appleTV will act as a HomeKit hub

    A HomeKit hub allows acts as a relay, to allow you to control your devices while you're away from home.

    Or if there is a HomeKit device that speaks bluetooth, it can talk to that if your phone/ipad is home, but not in bluetooth range.

    The current versions of hue software also allow the hue app on iOS to work away from home.


    The Hue bridge will need to be plugged into your home network with an ethernet cable, and hopefully somewhat close to your lights.
     
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  8. mtngoatjoe thread starter macrumors regular

    mtngoatjoe

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    Thanks for the help. I bought the Hue Starter Kit, and installation went well. My daughter really like changing the color of the bulb!

    She received a lava lamp for her birthday, so I think I'll need to get an outlet to control that as well.
     

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