eQ-3 Homematic IP integrates Philips Hue smart lamps and lights into your premises into your own smart home system via an app update. Homematic IP app version 2.14.0 (iOS) or 2.14.6 (Android) is required to integrate Philips Hue into Homematic IP and control it via the app.
Limited to 5 Hue lamps or lights
In addition to the previously offered option to make lighting smart with networked buttons and actuators via Homematic IP and control it via automation, connection to presence and motion detectors or via smartphone, after the update, the Users can connect up to five Hue or Include lamps. lights in an existing Homematic IP Smart Home. It is not immediately apparent why only five Hue lamps can be integrated and immediately after the announcement it caused criticism, to which the eQ-3 responded with the response that user feedback and manner of use were analyzed and based on that’s what they won. The findings will examine further development and a possible expansion of the range of functions.
Hue Bridge required for communication
However, a Philips Hue Bridge is a prerequisite for integration, as Homematic IP itself does not have an integrated Zigbee hub and therefore does not support the radio protocol. In addition, users must have the Philips Hue app installed on their smartphone with an active user account and turn on “Control on the go” in the account settings. Once this is done, the systems can be paired in the “Voice control and additional services” menu of the Homematic IP app and existing Hue lamps can be added to the Homematic IP.
Integration as Homematic IP devices
As soon as the integration is complete, the Hue lamps in the app behave like Homematic IP devices. They can be added to groups, controlled by automations, and connected to other smart home elements such as buttons or switches. The app can also be used to set the brightness and color of your Hue lights, as long as they support it. The user can save up to twelve settings as favorites so that configured light settings can be changed quickly at any time.
With the latest update, the Homematic IP app also gets a little visual facelift with new background patterns and new room icons.
The free Homematic IP app update is now rolling out gradually for both Android and iOS. It should have been distributed to all users within a few days.
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