Philips HUE HomeKit Upgrade Bridge (for Current HUE Bridge Users) £32.95 @ Apple
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Philips HUE HomeKit Upgrade Bridge (for Current HUE Bridge Users) £32.95 @ Apple

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Found 20th Nov 2015
The Philips HUE Bridge provides an upgrade from your existing HUE Bridge to one that's HomeKit enabled. The bridge lets you control all of your Hue products via the Hue app using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Once you have installed the Hue bridge and downloaded the app on your iOS device, you're ready to start building your own customised lighting system.

This actually does little other than introduce HomeKit integration for IOS users. The internals are slightly different, as is the hardware form factor.

It's a couple of quid more expensive than you will probably be able to get it for when stock is freely available, however, so far stock has been rubbish, and this is actually in stock... and... you don't seem to need to provide 'ID' for already owning the original bridge (which I do).

I'll probably get £30 or so for my old bridge, so other than a tiny bit of hassle, it's actually not too much of a problem to shuffle...

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Slightly more expensive this way, as it's 40 euro through Phillips (£29-30), but like you say the stock has been terrible. Ordered, thanks.

Original Poster

http://i.imgur.com/7kvFqMp.png

thanks - ordering direct through Philips has been a nightmare, never any stock. Happy to pay an extra 3 quid.

Thanks, worth the extra £3 for not having to keep checking the Phillips website for stock

Great link better then waiting for Philips get their act together

Why are philips unable to stock their own products?
As well as the upgrade bridge their online store has virtually no hue products in stock!

Outstanding. I've had Philips store link as my homepage and on my iPhone and iPad for what feels like an age now (only a week and a half in reality). Been checking at least 20 times a day - maddening system! This was easy and instant - thanks op.

Vini

I'll probably get £30 or so for my old bridge, so other than a tiny bit … I'll probably get £30 or so for my old bridge, so other than a tiny bit of hassle, it's actually not too much of a problem to shuffle...



Where to, please? The obvious auction site has been overrun with first gen bridges for an age now. They go for less than a tenner these days.

Paid £10.50 for an old (unused) bridge on ebay a few days ago.
Edited by: "png666" 21st Nov 2015

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steveex

Where to, please? The obvious auction site has been overrun with first … Where to, please? The obvious auction site has been overrun with first gen bridges for an age now. They go for less than a tenner these days.



Aye, saw that, the going rate when I last looked was £25-30, £10-15 seems more like it now... never mind, I'll probably give it to a mate or parents.

Original Poster

Although...

http://i.imgur.com/jjhRGhy.jpg

£20 cash, free returns... £12.95 to effectively swap. HOTTTT.
Edited by: "Vini" 21st Nov 2015

Vini

Although...£20 cash, free returns... £12.95 to effectively swap. HOTTTT. : … Although...£20 cash, free returns... £12.95 to effectively swap. HOTTTT.



Wowser cheers mate, just made the recent deal posted here even better.
Returning 8 x hubs to CEX for £160
Makes those non colour lux bulbs about £8 each after quidco.

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robo989

Wowser cheers mate, just made the recent deal posted here even … Wowser cheers mate, just made the recent deal posted here even better.Returning 8 x hubs to CEX for £160 :)Makes those non colour lux bulbs about £8 each after quidco.



CEXy times.
Edited by: "Vini" 21st Nov 2015

Got from Philips upgrade program on day of release.

Banned

Thanks, ordered. Will trade in or sell my current bridge. Soon I will talk to my lights oO

Original Poster

Wow, could the bridge transfer be any more horrendous!

For starters, you need both powered on, and hooked up to the network...

Original Poster

Would really benefit from a 6S with 'always on' Hey Siri...

Thank you

Ordered yesterday from Apple getting delivered today, didn't ask for proof if owning old bridge so hope it will be a standard bridge 2.0 and just work.

Do I actually need the old hub to get this one to work? Has anyone tried?

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mhunt407

Do I actually need the old hub to get this one to work? Has anyone tried?



No you don't. As long as Apple don't ask for proof you own one, which I can't see as they won't give a $ (they never did as part of the checkout procedure).
Edited by: "Vini" 30th Nov 2015

Very interested in this whole lighting solution. Is this a standalone unit which will function whichever phone platform you use or do I still need something else alongside this one for Andriod before I can start adding bulbs etc?

dealtime999

Very interested in this whole lighting solution. Is this a standalone … Very interested in this whole lighting solution. Is this a standalone unit which will function whichever phone platform you use or do I still need something else alongside this one for Andriod before I can start adding bulbs etc?



The hub will work with Apple or Android, no need for any additional hardware apart from the lights themselves.

marctwo

The hub will work with Apple or Android, no need for any additional … The hub will work with Apple or Android, no need for any additional hardware apart from the lights themselves.



Brilliant, thanks

Original Poster

Run 'stuff' through openHAB and you have a platform agnostic multi function automation setup.
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