Philips Hue Lights Finally Let You Control the Power-on Behaviour

Posted on December 13, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Internet of Things (IoT) with 18 Comments

If you are into smart home goodies or have smart lights, you probably own Philips Hue lights. Philips offers a lot of control over Hue lights, and the platform connects with a bunch of different third-party services that let you take things to a whole another level.

However, to this date, a big feature that’s been lacking on the Philips Hue lights is the ability to control the power-on behaviour. In the past, when you turned on a Philips Hue light, they would turn on with full brightness and to the default settings. And with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, you can now control this behaviour to turn on with the previous state. This means the lights will turn back on with the same settings as it was turned off with, without hurting your eyes with the full brightness.

And although that’s definitely a nice change, you still don’t get any granular control over the power-on behaviour. For example, it would be nice to be able to have the lights power on to a different profile, or a completely different set of settings instead of the previous state.

Either way, you can get the new power-on behaviour enabled on your Philips Hue lights with the latest update to the Android app here, and the iOS app here.

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Comments (18)

18 responses to “Philips Hue Lights Finally Let You Control the Power-on Behaviour”

  1. lvthunder

    So you mean until now if the power went off in the middle of the night when it came back on all the Hue lights would turn on to full brightness. Yikes.

  2. MikeGalos

    Bigger problems with the Philips Hue system are that they require a separate dedicated controller box rather than having the lights themselves be intelligent devices that use actual Internet protocols and the fact that Hue lights are very dim with half the maximum lumens of their competitors.

    That's some of why a lot of us who are "into smart home goodies or have smart lights" don't own Philips Hue lights and own LIFX lights instead.

    • Bob Shutts

      In reply to MikeGalos: Wouldn't that make each light prohibitively expensive? Just asking; I don't know how quickly these things need replacing.

      • MikeGalos

        In reply to Bob_Shutts:

        They last quite a few years and they're roughly the same price depending on sale prices and specials. Remember the Philips Hue bulbs still have to communicate with their hub so they have a fair amount of tech in them as well.

  3. Skolvikings

    This is huge! No more being woken up to blinding lights when there's a power hiccup in the middle of the night.

    For those that might be confused by this... if you had your lights set to 20% brightness, told them to shut off, then turned them back on, they would come on at 20%. That's always been the case.

    What wasn't the case was if the light lost power somehow (power outage, someone physically flipped the power switch), they would always come on to 100% full brightness when power was restored. Obviously, if your home experienced a power outage overnight, you got woken up to bright lights as soon as the power was restored. You didn't get the luxury of waking up in the morning, seeing a blinking microwave clock and saying to yourself, "huh, we must have lost power sometime overnight." Oh no, you were woken up with extremely bright lights. Not good. This fixes that.

    • VMax

      In reply to Skolvikings:

      Thanks for adding the "for those that might be confused by this" line - I was SO confused by the article not differentiating between turning on the light and turning on the device that the light is part of. It sounded ridiculous that such a product could even exist, if it were referring to turning on the light! I appreciate the clarification :)

  4. jwpear

    These lights are just too expensive and I'm surprised they have this sort of issue given the price.

  5. VancouverNinja

    Hue lights had too many problems associated with them; including the need for the hub to be directly connected the router (instead of being connected through an Ethernet switch ); deal breaker for us.

    As a result we decided the best long term solution was to change the actual light/dimmer switches to Leviton. This has turned out to be completely superior and we can pick and choose whatever LED lights we want with full centralized control.