Comcast’s smart home app controls your Philips Hue lights

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Comcast’s Xfinity Home app can steer many of the devices in your household, but there’s been a conspicuous omission: Philips’ Hue lights. Why spring for Comcast’s hybrid automation/security service when it can’t handle commonplace smart bulbs?

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Zuli Home Automation Adds Support for Philips Hue Lighting

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Home automation company Zuli announced that its Presence technology and Smartplugs now support Philips Hue bulbs. Via the Zuli iOS app, users can control Hue lighting from inside the home, dim the lights, and schedule on/off times intelligently. Its ridiculously simple to set up (Umphreys says it can be done is as little as 30 seconds; in our test, it took a few minutes longer, but you’ll be up and running in about five minutes) and is straightforward to use.

Zuli Home Automation Adds Support for Philips Hue Lighting

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<blockquote>Home automation company Zuli announced that its Presence technology and Smart plugs now support Philips Hue bulbs. Via the Zuli iOS app, users can control Hue lighting from inside the home, dim the lights, and schedule on/off times intelligently. Its ridiculously simple to set up (Umphreys says it can be done is as little as 30 seconds; in our test, it took a few minutes longer, but youll be up and running in about five minutes) and is straightforward to use.</blockquote>

Friends of Hue program – Update | Philips Hue API

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We recently upgraded the software for Philips Hue to ensure the best seamless connected lighting experience for our customers. However, we under estimated the impact this would have on a small number of customers who use lights from other brands which could not be controlled by the Philips Hue software. In view of the sentiment expressed by our customers, we have decided to reverse the software upgrade so that lights from other brands continue to work as they did before with the Philips Hue system.

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Philips Hue won’t work with third-party light bulbs for now

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Bad news if you’re planning to slip a few non-Philips light bulbs into your Hue setup: they won’t work, at least not for a while.Philips has dropped support for third-party bulbs after noticing that a growing number of them had “interoperability issues” preventing them from playing nicely with official Hue gear.Support will come back, but only through a Friends of Hue program that will certify lighting.Any existing lights you’re using will work, Philips is quick to note — it’s only new, untested additions that are getting the boot.

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Apple HomeKit is not awesome just yet

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With the launch of the Philips Hue lights that are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit home-automation framework, I was finally ready to test the computing giant’s efforts in the smart home area. I had been playing around with a Lutron bridge that came out earlier this summer and supported HomeKit, and found it was fine, but it didn’t knock my socks off, especially when compared with the other options out there on the market. This wasn’t Lutron’s fault, but more a function of the limitations of the HomeKit device ecosystem.

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