How to: Connect a Philips Hue Bridge

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How to: Connect a Philips Hue Bridge

Post by DaveSignal » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:19 pm

Connecting a Hue Bridge on the same local area network is simple.

First, open the app preferences from the menubar, or use the key combination Image + Image
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Now you will see the preferences window. The "API Authorizations Settings..." is the default tab:
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In the "Hue Bridge IP" text field, type the IP address of your Hue Bridge, or hit the "Find IP" button to the right of the text field and the app will try to automatically find the LAN IP of the Hue Bridge. It will populate this IP in the text field:
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Now, get a user key for the bridge by clicking the "Get User Key" button. A window will pop up asking to press the button on the bridge:
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If the button is pressed within the next two minutes, a confirmation will be displayed:
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You can close this "Success" window. All of the Hue devices registered on your bridge have been automatically added to the device list. You can open the device list from the menu bar, or by using command+D.
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You will notice that Color lights have Hue and Saturation controls, White Ambiance Temperature lights have a temperature control, and standard Dimmable White Lights have just a brightness control.

You can use the "Device Group" pulldown menus to place each device in a specific group. And you can sort the devices using the different headers at the top of the columns.
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All of your devices are now controllable using the Device List, the Group Control, the Group List, the Scene Control, and the menubar menu.

Thats it! Enjoy controlling your Hue lights!

- Dave

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