Hue Essentials

Discover ways to get the most out of your smart lighting.

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Imagine unlimited possibilities in your smart home. Set scenes and fast effects to your mood.

Experience Dance Sensation in your entertainment area with Philips Hue Entertainment. Enjoy a more colorful ambiance on your IKEA TRADFRI gateway¹.

Feel more in control with schedules and automation from sunrise to sunset. Widgets, Shortcuts, Quick setting tiles, and wearables help you get more out of your smart lights.

Control multiple bridges simultaneously without switching between them.

Scenes & effects

Create the perfect ambiance from your photos or the included photo library. Experience special animations like lava, fireplace, fireworks, or lightning.

Wake up at sunrise and go to sleep at sunset with fading lights.


Get into the party on the beats of your music. Sync your lights for a night of disco with strobe effects (updates 25 times/sec).

Sync is an Entertainment feature which syncs your screen / camera to your smart lights. You can use this on your phone, tablet, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Windows PC, or Apple Mac.

Quick access

Create rooms and groups to organize your lights. You can even put a light in several groups. Place widgets for temperature sensors, easy control of lights, setting color and brightness without opening of the app.

Add shortcuts to your home screen for quick opening of your room. Control your lights through an optional notification in the notification panel.²

Smart lights & controls

The unique ‘Touchlink’ search allows you to find new (3rd party, Zigbee) lights. Use included wizards for easy setup of your devices.

You can set scenes, actions, or even multiple scenes on a button to make your switch a real investment. Experience the right ambiance during different times of your day with your motion sensor. All of your creations are stored on the bridge. Easy for you and your family.


Automate devices in your smart home to perform repetitive tasks previously done by yourself.

Automation allows you to have greater control of your smart home. Turn on your lights when the door opens. Adjust your ventilation when the humidity gets too high. Open or close blinds and curtains based on temperature or sunshine. Configure endless automation possibilities in Hue Essentials. Tasker and Intents are also supported on Android.

Supported devices


Control your lights from your smartwatch. Switch on your lights right from your watch face. Create complications & shortcuts for quick access. Available on:

Multiple bridges

Do you like hue lights a lot and you have too many of them for one bridge?

Perhaps you even want to have a Philips Hue Bridge next to an IKEA TRÅDFRI¹ Gateway? If you are really into it, you could be using a diyHue bridge or deCONZ through a Raspberry Pi. Multiple bridges option is the answer for you.

Multiple bridges offers you unlimited functionality on one screen. No hassle switching tabs. No going to a settings menu and select one of the bridges you need. Multiple bridges show all your rooms or groups on one screen. Switches from all bridges on one screen. Just as if all bridges are one.

Create your living room and kitchen on one bridge. Your bedroom is on the next bridge together with the bathroom. Hue Essentials shows these rooms on one screen.

Multiple bridges package is unlimited. Perhaps you have more than 5 bridges. No problem! As long as your phone can handle it, feel free to add more and more. This package is really unlimited.

If you are into running effects (also known as animations or living scenes), you may have noticed that your bridge can get full quite quickly. Although Hue Essentials offers a clean-up effects option in the bridges menu, adding an extra bridge can be helpful in spreading the load.

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¹ IKEA TRÅDFRI – This gateway is only supported on Android & Windows. Support for iOS & macOS may come in the future.

² Shortcuts on your home screen and Control Notification are Android specific features.