Apple’s Siri Can Now Control Smart Lights

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Just when you thought it wasn’t possible for iPhones to be able to do anymore, it has been announced that Siri can now control the lighting in your home.

The Philips Hue lights are one of the first products on the market that are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, which also allows users to do a number of things, such as open garage doors, lock front doors, and change thermostats.

The new Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 was recently launched on 6 October, which will need to be purchased by those hoping to use Siri to control their lighting, as well as Philips Hue bulbs. The latter has already been produced for a while, so those with existing Hue bulbs will not need replacements, although the Bridge 2.0 will be necessary in order to be compatible with HomeKit.

Making It Easy For People To Transform Living Spaces Via An App

Using a smart phone, lighting in the home will be able to be controlled in incredible detail, with Siri able to respond to commands such as “dim the table lamp to 30%” according to Mashable.

Lights can even be adjusted when out of town, which is perfect for those who like to give the illusion that their house is occupied. The system is also great for those with modern or vintage lighting who like to impress, as there are settings specifically for celebrations such as dinner parties.

Philips has even worked with films such as Sharknado and Twelve Monkeys so that the lighting system adjusts and changes colour dependent on the scenes that are being watched. It is also rumoured that they hope to team up with certain video game companies in order to apply the same effects to gaming.

Philips Hue’s smart lighting was originally launched three years ago, and since then the cost of bulbs has halved, and they last much longer. The concept took off due to its simplicity. All users have to do is replace their bulbs with the Hue bulbs at its most basic level.

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