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Why use iConnectHue for your Philips Hue system?

  • It’s an app with full feature set – control almost every aspect of your hue lights – and was designed with you as a user in mind
  • Enjoy constant app updates with improvements – 5.5 years already and counting – and some may even come from your wishes, because iConnectHue has been developed with its users
  • Family focus: Scene sharing, family geofencing (first one turns on the light, last one off – optional), light & group order, group hiding (animation sharing only on devices with same iCloud account)
  • It lets you group your lights – for example by rooms. You can hide groups from other apps that you need but don’t want to see.
  • Everything happens on your bridge – your iPhone can be turned off (except for Automation: coming/leaving home functionality and Discotainment)
  • Voice commands via Siri Shortcuts (requires iOS 12 and newer iOS devices) for these actions:
    • Scenes, Magic Scenes, group colors, Animations (only w/ Animation upgrade)
    • Group off and light on/off
    • Discotainment opening, starting and stopping (only w/ Discotainment addon)
  • Multiply the possibilities of your Motion sensor
    • Voice command support via Siri Shortcuts
    • Set it up for multiple groups (e.g. to guide the way at night)
    • Let the motion sensor either return to the last state or turn off your group lights
    • Up to 5 time ranges / time slots for motion and no motion actions, OR split actions by day and night
    • Up to 3 actions per time range
    • Cancel your sensor inactivity actions with Dimmer, Tap or the app itself – hence your motion sensor doesn’t turn off your lights when it doesn’t detect any more motion
    • Combine two or three sensors for larger or L-shaped areas (with each one cancelling the other)
    • Have time ranges / time slots where nothing happens (simply delete all actions there)
    • Restrict the sensor to only trigger if the affected groups are off
    • You can set up the same group actions as in the Dimmer and Tap editor (including animations, with purchased animation upgrade)
  • Multiply the possibilities of your Hue Tap and Hue Dimmer switches with the switch editor
    • Fade times for each action can be set
    • Control multiple groups and lights with one button
    • Switch between multiple scenes or brightnesses with just one tap button! (for details, see the press release)
    • Four different ways to split up actions
      • Up to 5 alternations for tap and dimmer buttons and multiple actions (per alternation) – cycle through all your alternations with each press
      • Set up up to 5 time ranges / time slots each day with each having different actions
      • Let the switches act differently at day and at night
      • Use the on state of a group (e.g. turn it on when it’s off, turn it off when it’s on)
      • NOTE: you can select the type at the very bottom of the list – but only if there’s not already another alternation type in use. If so, delete all steps except the last and then select to split up the switch (option appears then)
    • Up to 8 actions per button press possible
      • Load scenes and Magic Scenes
      • Turn groups and lights on and off
      • Set color of a whole group
      • Add sleep timers to groups to fade them down or turn them off within a time frame
      • Add reminders that blink your lights after a set amount of time
      • Change group brightness, relative or absolute
      • Color animations (with optional animation upgrade)
      • Let groups blink (alert family members)
      • Cancel motion sensor inactivity actions
  • Upload color animations to your bridge. No more empty iPhone batteries, and everybody with iConnectHue can stop them!
  • Magic Scene Designer (see Video how it works)
    • Create a Magic Scene once, use it in every group and room you have
    • Magic Scenes can be modified interactively with just a few finger tips and updates in real time in your group
    • Can be used for timers, on switches, in the widget and on the Apple Watch (with additional Watch Plus)
  • iPad only: Scene browser lets you easily create and choose your scenes!
  • 3D touch support on app icon – turn your lights on and off instantly!
  • Directly edit your lights on / off state, lightness and color and save them as your favorite
  • Remote Access: control your lights when not at home
  • Trigger your mostly used scenes directly from your iPhone search
  • Drag & drop colors from one lamp to another (on iPad even between groups and bridges!)
  • Save your current colors as a scene or favorite (They are backed up and shared via iCloud. Scenes are also shared via bridge to each family member)
  • Disable devices (switches & motion sensor) for a limited amount of time
  • Extensive timer support
    • Timers on each day or certain days
    • Timers on individual lights or groups
    • All group timers can be conditional on
      • your presence (you, anybody, nobody present) (Requires optional Automation)
      • the group state – always, or only if a group is on or off
    • Instant timers
      • Sleep timers for groups ease your time when you want to go to bed
      • Reminders let your group lights blink (once or for 30 seconds)
      • Slowly fade over to a color, scene or magic scene
    • Use colors (for groups and lights) and scenes (for groups) to turn on lights, or just create off timers
    • With additional Animation Upgrade, start even animations on groups
    • Add random offset of up to +/- 60 minutes for normal timers (only works for non-conditional timers)
    • Use sunrise and sunset timers on groups (they auto adjust to your local sunrise/sunset times)
  • Works with multiple devices: All groups, timers and light orders are shared, scenes and selections are shared via iCloud (devices need same iCloud account, also works between iPhone & iPad version)
  • TouchLink search – include your Living Colors lights into your Hue system – iConnectHue can find most of them! (without their remote, similar to the old Lampstealer but works with more recent firmwares; no functionality guaranteed – heavily depends on your Living Colors model and your bridge firmware)
  • Supports lights of other manufactureres, like Dresden Elektronik FLS-PP lp and FLS-H lp and Osram Lightify, Innr, Ikea Tradfri
  • Find new lights, new hue Taps/Dimmers/Motion Sensors, add lights from other bridges, update your bridge and lights firmware
  • Reset HomeKit – if you get “This bridge is being used by another user” error (note: HomeKit itself is not supported at the moment)
  • VoiceOver support for audio assisted navigation
  • Integrated tutorials and FAQ makes it easy to understand the usage and to solve problems
  • Connect faster to the bridge on app start than the original Hue app – no more useless waiting!
  • Create the notification center widget you want, with live preview!
    • Add scenes, Magic Scenes, Animations (latter with optional Animation Upgrade)
    • Switches for lights and groups
    • Instant timers (sleep timers, reminders)
    • Group light states (as a stripe)
    • Dimmers for groups
    • Enable/disable motion sensors, show their temperature in the widget

Additional functionality available via in app purchase:

  • Automation with Family Geofencing – the most powerful Hue geofencing available
    • Actions for all users: Lights e.g. turn on when the first arrived and off after the last left
    • Actions individual users: e.g. turn off your work place lighting or your room when you leave
    • Extremely flexible configuration, with the same actions available as in the switch editor
    • Separatable by day and night (use wizard to split it up)
    • Note: To use this feature for multiple people, every affected person needs to have an iPhone, iConnectHue installed and this in app purchase
  • Discotainment (see demo video)
    • Works with your device’s microphone – hence (almost) any audible audio source can be used
    • Color effects with Magic Scenes (which you can pick and create yourself), which can react to the beat (use preferably with beat heavy music as electronic and pop music)
    • Lightness effects which react on music volume
    • Strobe like effects as sparkle and strobe, with many options
    • Really responsive thanks to Hue Entertainment – requires a square Hue bridge, and requires Philips Hue color lights
    • Works with one Entertainment group at a time (with up to 10 lights), works with multiple bridges with optional Multibridge (where on each bridge such a group can be controlled)
  • Animation Upgrade (see press release)
    • Create the color animations you want, with colors, scenes and Magic Scenes (Animations only work on groups due to system limitations)
    • Upload them to Tap and Dimmer switches
    • Use them in timers or when coming/leaving home
    • Up to 8 steps with each step having a fade and next step wait time of 60 seconds
    • Have them on your Apple Watch and your notification center widget
  • Multiple Animation and Magic Scene Packages
  • REAL multi bridge support – use multiple bridges at multiple locations in just one app at the same time, without switching! (See press release)
  • Watch Plus adds more functionality to your Apple Watch
    • Full control for your groups
    • Change group brightness
    • Load scenes and Magic Scenes
    • Change group colors, load favorite colors
    • Start group sleep timers
  • NOTE: All in app purchases shared between iPhone and iPad version, if same iTunes and iCloud account used. If you’re on the desktop, you can open the price list on the App store app page
  • We need to offer you in app purchases to be able to continue to develop iConnectHue. In app purchases are laid out in a way that you usually don’t need every one of them. If you’re interested in more background, please have a look at the App costs page

iConnectHue in the press and blogs

Requirements if you want to use iConnectHue

  • A Philips Hue bridge, either v1 (round) or v2 (square, recommended)
  • At least bridge firmware 1.10 (of October 2015), most recent firmware recommended (update is free)
  • An iPhone 5 (recommended: 5S) for iConnectHue, an iPad mini 2, iPad 4 for iConnectHue HD
  • iOS 10 or newer (always the current and the last major version are supported)
  • For automation: A stable at least 3G (UMTS) connection without data throttling

Compared to Philips’ v3 app

  • Use the same lights in multiple groups (as long as you create groups with iConnectHue)
  • No beta, everything is tested – have many Hue labs like features fully integrated in an app (examples:
    Sunset timer, no motion no fuss, tap dimmer, tap toggle, sensor snooze, sensor couple, three times is a charm – here it is five times, living scenes, scene playlist, meditation lights, multi user geofencing)
  • iConnectHue HD actually uses the grown space on the iPad with adapted controls
  • Apple Watch can access your rooms with the optional Watch Plus addon, start sleep timers, change brightness
  • Color animations (with optional animation upgrade even on your switches, in watch and widget!)
  • Magic Scenes mag color gradients easy to apply and modify in every single group – create once, use everywhere
  • Supports more light makes than Hue
  • Discotainment allows light sync to music (optional)
  • More flexible timers
    • Auto adjusting Sunrise/Sunset time timers with the ability to act on group “on” state, with offset and, with additional automation, to act on presence of a user
    • Instant start, easy to adjust sleep timer on each group
    • Flexible, easy to access timers
    • Timers on single lights
    • All group timers can act depending on group state (always, or only if group is on or off) and on presence (with optional Automation)
  • Disable devices (switches & motion sensor) for a limited amount of time, toggle them via widget
  • Trigger your mostly used scenes directly from your iPhone search
  • Include Living Colors lights and Living Whites plugs
  • Completely free configuration of Hue tap / Hue dimmer and advanced motion sensor configuration
    • Up to 8 actions per button press or on activity, which allow completely free configuration
    • Cycle through up to 5 alternations on switches
    • -or- different actions for day and night on switches
    • -or- create up to 5 time ranges / time slots each day with different actions
    • Motion sensor: Create up to 5 time ranges / time slots for activity AND inactivity, let sensor only fire if no affected group is on
    • Much more configurability for tap and dimmer buttons, and you can configure the dimmer long press
  • Multi bridge (all bridges usable at once without switching) and multi location support (both included in optional multi bridge addon)
  • Favorite color list lets you add, name and order your favorite colors
  • Faster bridge connection and faster command execution
  • Fully configurable widget
  • Apple Watch extended features (optional)
    • Voice commands with old bridge
    • Sleep timers via force touch
    • Access to all rooms and scenes
  • 3D touch support on app icon
  • Extended coming home functionality with remote access (optional)
    • Save money with Living Whites or Osram Lightify plugs by turning off devices with them on leaving
    • Select which scene should be loaded or actions should be taken when you arrive or leave
  • More actions with Siri Shortcuts
    • Turn single lights on and off – also those not under the Hue brand
    • Load favorite colors, Magic Scenes and animations in groups
  • What iConnectHue currently doesn’t offer is HomeKit support – but it supports Siri Shortcuts, which are more powerful at the moment and work properly in conjunction with iConnectHUe’s features

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