Controlling smart lighting with your voice is one of the most useful features of a smart home. Saying “Hey Siri, turn off the lights” from the comfort of your bed or the couch without getting up or reaching for your phone is a truly wonderful experience. And if you have a pair of Philips Hue smart bulbs and an iPhone, it’s really easy to hook them up to Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform to make Apple’s Siri voice assistant work for you.
With this setup, you can also sync your smart lighting with other connected devices in your home. It lets you create automations that do things like turn your lights on and start playing your music in the morning when a motion sensor is triggered, or set up a Movie Time scene that adjusts your lights, turns up the smart thermostat, and locks your door.
Another benefit of connecting Apple HomeKit and Philips Hue is: Apple Adaptive Lighting. This feature automatically adjusts the color temperature of your lights based on the time of day. It sets them to a cooler white light during the day to help you focus and a warmer light when the day ends so that your biological clock adjusts more naturally to the night.
This is how you connect your Philips Hue lighting to Apple HomeKit.
Set up Philips Hue smart bulbs in the Apple Home app
To connect a Philips Hue smart lighting device to Apple HomeKit for voice control with Siri, you need a Hue Bridge and an Apple HomeKit device, such as an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or HomePod. To set up automations, you’ll need an Apple Home Hub, which is a HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad.
- Open the Philips Hue app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Go to Settings > Voice assistant > Siri and HomeKit.
- Tap coupling bridge.
- Name your home and tap make at home.
- Scan the HomeKit code on the bottom of your Hue Bridge with your phone’s camera.
- Follow the directions to connect your Hue lights.
- The Hue app and the Apple Home app should sync your rooms, so any lights you have in rooms in the Hue app will appear in corresponding rooms in the Home app.
- If not, tap the Settings button at the bottom of the Siri and HomeKit page in the Hue app and select Sync settings with HomeKit.
Once set up, you can use voice commands with Siri to turn your lights on or off and adjust the color and brightness. You can also add the lights to any HomeKit scenes and automations.
Set up Hue accessories in the Apple Home app
If you have a physical control device for your Hue lights, such as a Philips Hue smart dimmer switch, Hue Smart Button or Hue Tap Dial Switch, you can also pair it with Apple HomeKit. However, you can only configure these devices in one app, so once you set them up in the Apple Home app, you can’t control them in the Hue app.
The main reason to add these to the Apple Home app is if you have other smart bulbs in your home that are also HomeKit compliant, such as smart lamps from Meross and smart switches from Lutron Caseta. You can then program the Hue accessory switches to control those lights in addition to your Hue lights using the Apple Home app.
To add your Philips Hue accessory switches to the Apple Home app:
- Open the Philips Hue app.
- Tap Settings > accessories and select the device you want to add to Apple Home.
- Tap Set up in Apple Home.
- A dialog box will appear confirming that setting up the device in Apple Home will delete your current configuration.
- Tap Set up in Apple Home.
- The Hue app will automatically open the Apple Home app.
- Tap the device icon in the Home app.
- Configure it to control the HomeKit accessories you like.
- If you decide to only use the Hue app again, you can reset the device and set it up again in the Hue app.