With the Generation 2 bridge, Philips introduced HomeKit support for Philips Hue lights. The Philips Hue app manages to keep your lights and rooms configuration in sync between the Philips Hue app and Apples HomeKit, Home app and Siri.
If you have not setup your Hue lights yet, check out Philips Hue – Smart Lighting needs a Smart Setup.
To configure HomeKit, visit the menu “HomeKit & Siri” in the Philips Hue app settings. When you do this for the first time, you will receive a message, that the rooms are out of sync. Tap “Update rooms” to copy your rooms to HomeKit.
Wait for a couple of minutes, as the HomeKit update requires some time and then verify in the Apple home app, that all your lights and rooms have been copied over.
Creating HomeKit Scenes
To create scenes for HomeKit, tap the “Scenes” menu under the HomeKit & Siri section. Give every scene a unique name e.g. “office concentrate” – or “concentrate in office”, if you prefer Alexa style – and specify the room(s) the scene applies to.
Dependent on how many scenes you would like to control, this process can take a lot of time, you can only speed it up by using Siri dictation for the names (pauses between multiple words help with recognition), but finally, you can control your scenes with Siri.
Note, that Apple HomeKit currently supports only up to 100 scenes per home.
Grouping Rooms to Zones
You can group your rooms into a HomeKit “zone”. Use an HomeKit app, e.g. Elgato Eve and add a zone “Downstairs” in the room tab, specifying which rooms to group. This way you will be able to “turn on/off” your downstairs lights via Siri.
Apart from being able to control your lights with your voice, you now have a fully configured Apple Home app with all your rooms, lights and scenes from Philips Hue. Don’t forget to configure your favorite Scenes and Accessories in the Home app, so you can use them also from the iOS control center as well as from your apple watch.
Voice Command Syntax
For the voice commands below:
[all caps] means your own light/room/scenes names
/ means either/or – just pick one
() means optional – you don’t have to say that
Voice Commands for turning Philips Hue lights ON / OFF
- Lights on
- Switch lamps *
- Turn off the bedroom lights
- Switch the Go lamp in the Dining room on
Hey Siri, switch / change / make / set / turn / activate / deactivate (on/off)
[ all/my, (the) LIGHTNAME / (the) ROOMNAME / (the) LIGHTNAME in/at (the) ROOMNAME] (light(s)) / (lamp(s)) (go) (on/off).
*Note: If you omit “on/off” when saying “switch” or “change”, Siri will switch the lights individually from the current state to the other =)
Voice Commands for setting Philips Hue Scenes
- Office Concentrate
- Activate Office Energize
- Set Couch Relax
Hey Siri, (switch / change / make / set / turn / activate / deactivate) (on)
Voice Commands for setting the Philips Hue Brightness
- Office 80
- Dim Office
- Make the Kitchen brighter
- Turn the Livingroom less dark
Hey Siri, (switch / change / make / set / turn / activate / deactivate) ((the) brightness of)
[all/my, (the) LIGHTNAME / (the) ROOMNAME / (the) LIGHT-NAME in/at (the) ROOMNAME] (light(s)) / (lamp(s)) (brightness)
(to) x (percent) / darker/brighter / more/less dark/bright
Hey Siri, dim (down) / brighten (up) ((the) brightness)
[all/my, (the) LIGHTNAME / (the) ROOMNAME / (the) LIGHT-NAME in/at (the) ROOMNAME] (light(s)) / (lamp(s))
(brightness) (by x (percent))
Voice Commands for setting Philips Hue Colors
- Office Air Force Blue
- Set Office Desk to the color asparagus
Hey Siri, (switch / change / make / set / turn / activate / deactivate)
[all/my, (the) LIGHTNAME / (the) ROOMNAME / (the) LIGHT-NAME in/at (the) ROOMNAME] (light(s)) / (lamp(s)) (to (the color)) [COLOR-NAME]
Note: COLOR-NAME is not documented, but many color names from here are supported.
Voice Commands for setting the Philips Hue Color Temperature
HomeKit and Siri let us import our Philips Hue room settings. We need to recreate the scenes in the Philips Hue app to be available with Siri. Siri supports an extensive voice command set but lacks color temperature support.
Siri is obviously the oldest and wisest of our assistants. She not only handles multiple bridges nicely, HomeKit also supports additional ways of grouping your devices to make controlling them easier.
For a comparison to Alexa and Google Assistant, please see: Assistant Showdown with Philips Hue: Who will win? Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant.
If you are interested in smart ideas for your smart lighting, check out:
- Natural Light with Smart Lighting
- The Many Ways of Controlling Smart Lighting
- Presence controlled Smart Lighting
- Sleeping Better with Smart Lighting
Have fun and if you have questions or want to share your ideas and experiences with Philips Hue and Siri, please leave a comment below!