'Hey Google, turn on the lights'

With Google Home you can control Philips Hue lighting with your voice!

4 December 2018

Operating your smart home lighting has changed considerably in recent years: From a physical button, via a remote control, to the app on your smartphone. It became easier and easier to control your lighting and we’ve now taken it one step further. With the introduction of Google Home in the UK, you can now use Google Assistant to operate Philips Hue lamps with your voice. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

The right atmosphere at the right time

With Philips Hue, you can do so much more than simply turning on and off your lights. Using Google Assistant, you can instruct your light to create the perfect atmosphere for any occasion. With an extensive portfolio of smart lights, switches and sensors you can really bring you smart home to life. Operating this smart lighting system been mainly controlled by the Hue app, but with the introduction of smart speakers that is quickly changing. Simply stating a command is enough to control the smart system and the rest of the settings of your lights.

It starts with a question

The Google Assistant works together with Philips Hue allowing you to control your lighting hands free. "Hey Google, turn on the lights", is simply the first step, once you do your research you will realise much more is possible. You can ask Google if the lighting is on, or if the lamps can dim and play specific scenes or follow pre-programmed settings. For example, you can ask Google to enable the concentration mode in the work or study room, so that you get the best possible light to concentrate, while the rest of the family can continue to enjoy the relax position in the living room.

Once you decide it's time to go to bed, you just ask if Google can turn off the lights and television in the living room. Or perhaps you could take it one step further and ask for a romantic scene in the bedroom…

What do you need?

In order to enable voice control with Philips Hue, you will need a Philips Hue starter kit (with lamps and a bridge), an account with Philips Hue and the app on your smartphone. You can control the lights with any device that the Google Assistant is set up with; such as phones, speakers, headphones, and televisions. If you don’t have a Google Assistant and still want to use your voice for your lighting, Philips Hue also works with Apple and Amazon’s assistants, Siri and Alexa.

How do you link Philips Hue to Google Home?

To link the lighting to the smart assistant, you have to follow a few steps. These are the 7 steps to link Philips Hue with Google Home:

  1. Make sure all devices are on the same Wi-Fi network
  2. Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet
  3. Add the Philips Hue lamps to Devices
  4. Enter your Philips Hue account information.
  5. Provide the correct names of the lamps
  6. Assign the lighting to specific rooms
  7. Talk to the Google Assistant to operate your lights
  8. Enjoy your newly connected smart home

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