Original Philips Hue Bridge Hub Will Lose Cloud Access on April 30th. ... People who purchased Philip's first hub around 2012 should be aware that Philips will cut off its cloud access on April 30th. Anyone who wants to continue using Philips Hue should upgrade their Bridge immediately.
The company has announced that starting in April 2020, they will be discontinuing support for the first-gen Hue Bridge. For those unfamiliar, the Hue Bridge is the device that links Philips Hue bulbs to the internet, which in turn would allow users to remotely control and access their connected smart bulbs.
The Philips Hue light bulb lineup is often recognized as the best smart lighting you can buy for your house. ... As the name suggests, these bulbs have Bluetooth built-in, which means you can set them up with a smartphone app, no hub needed.
It can be used to do much, much more than the Hue hub, but it cannot replace it altogether. Yes. The only officially recommended way to use Hue devices with SmartThings is by using a Hue bridge.
Philips Hue is a line of smart LED light bulbs and fixtures. ... That connection to the cloud lets you control Hue's lights from your phone, with a voice command via Siri, Alexa or the Google Assistant, or by automating them to turn on and off at specific times or when other devices trigger them.
Long story short, it would take roughly 6,600 hours before a Hue bulb uses up 1 kWh of power in standby mode (or 9.17 months). ... Therefore, a Hue bulb in standby mode costs around 1.6 cents per month—at least in my area.
In terms of what makes Philips Hue bulbs 'so expensive': They are all LED, whilst some bulbs you can pick up still won't be LED. LEDs are more efficient – so you'll be saving running costs on a smart Hue bulb (which is LED) compared to a halogen bulb.