After its first appearance in Europe in October, Philips Hue finally made its HomeKit Adaptive Lighting update available to users in North America. Apple’s HomeKit adaptive lighting feature, introduced at WWDC 2020, automatically adjusts the color temperature of compatible lighting accessories throughout the day.
November 11, 2020 Firmware 1941132070 (Bridge v2) This update contains the following: Added support for Apple HomeKit Adaptive Lighting in the Hue Bridge Note: An Apple TV, HomePod or iPad must be set up as a home hub for this function. Improved system performance and reliability.
The HomeKit Adaptive Lighting update is available as a free update in the Philips Hue app and will be installed automatically over the next few days if you have set your hub to automatic updates. You can now also manually download the update (version 1941132070) by going to Settings and then tapping Update Software Update.
After updating your Hue hub, go to the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. A pop-up screen should appear explaining the new feature and how you can switch the lighting in your home. If you’ve already set up Adaptive Lighting with other HomeKit accessories, such as the Eve Light Strip, a smaller image will appear on the Home app homepage.
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Once updated, you’ll see a new adaptive lighting control next to the color adjustments for your Philips Hue light. With HomeKit Adaptive Lighting turned on, your lights will display warmer whites in the morning to help you get started in the day, then switch to cooler whites to improve focus as the day progresses. Your lighting will be warmer again to calm the mind and promote calm in the evening.
While Philips Hue did not provide a list of compatible accessories, we can confirm that it works with light bulbs from White and Color Ambiance, as well as color capable lamps like the Hue Play Bar. If you don’t currently have Philips Hue lighting in your home, be sure to check out the various Black Friday deals available, including a starter kit that contains everything you need to get started.
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