How to use “innr” lightbulbs with Philips Hue
For those of you who don’t already know…We love Philips Hue. Everything from its concept, design, usability, app and it’s seamless integration with Amazon Alexa. It’s a must have product for anyone looking to live life in the smart lane.
However, those of you who already have Hue, you’re probably already in the market for more bulbs and looking for another area of your house to control with your own customisable lighting scenes and security features.
The Innr lightbulbs come in all of the same sizes as your regular household lightbulbs and those on the market from Philips, they’re just cheaper (Take a look at the products at the end of the post)
All Innr lights can be controlled via the Hue App, Remote, Sensors and Amazon Alexa via voice commands.
Here’s some instructions on how to use your new Innr bulbs with your existing Philips Hue system :
1. Check if the lights “Blink”
The first step is to check whether the lights blink. This step is to confirm that the innr lights are not connected with any other device and are available for coupling. As long as an Innr light is not coupled to a bridge or remote, it will blink twice right after it is switched on.
2. Couple the light to a Hue Bridge
To couple a lamp to the Hue Bridge, download the ‘Hue’ app from Google Play Store. Launch it and go to settings by clicking on the Gear/Settings icon.
In the Settings section, choose LIGHT SETUP and click the ‘+’ button. The app asks you to search for new lights (similar to searching Wi-Fi signals or Bluetooth devices on phone). Sometimes the light you wish to switch on is not found by the app when one turns it on and starts a search. This is because the right order is to first start searching for a new light and then power-cycle The light is found in the search section for just 3-4 seconds after being switched on. So one has to be quick in the setup process.
First, tap the Search button and then switch off/on the light(s) one-by-one.
All lights should show up as a new “dimmable light”. In certain cases, the app will display ‘unreachable’, which could mean the lamp is far away from the bridge or the lamp is not getting any power. Remember that for efficient performance, the light should be at an optimum distance. That strengthens the signaling and better response from the device.
The instant switches off/on enable a power cycle that turns on the specific light. We can reset a light and connect it to another bridge/ remote by turning it Off and On 6 times, with intervals of around 0.5 seconds (required to manually reset the lamp). It will blink twice if you’ve done this successfully.
Q. Why is the light not found by the app when I turn it on and start a search ?
A. The right order is to first start searching for a new light and then power-cycle it (Off/On). The light is ‘findable’ for just 3-4 seconds after being switched on.
Q. Can I reset a light and connect it to another bridge or remote ?
A. Yes, by turning it Off and On 6 times, with intervals of around 0,5 seconds, the lamp will be manually reset. It will blink twice if you’ve done this successfully.
Q. How do I know if a lamp is out of range of the bridge ?
A. The app will display ‘unreachable’, which could mean the lamp is far away from the bridge, or that there are no other lamps in the neighbourhood to relay the signals. Or it does not get any power.
Q. I already have dimmers installed, can I use them ?
A. No. In fact, you should not install any Innr lamp with a dimmer as the lamps can’t deal with the electronic control coming from the dimmer, even if you would put it at full on.
Q. Can I control the innr lights using Apple HomeKit or Siri, like Hue lights ?
A. No, Apple does not allow non-Philips lights to be controlled by HomeKit via the Hue bridge. Innr lights can be controlled by the Hue app, remote, sensors and Amazon Alexa.
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