How to Set Up WiFi Enabled Lights

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25-10-2017, 07:00
WiFi-enabled lights are smart lights that work with any standard light socket, but also have some added internal components that allow them to be controlled wirelessly from your smartphone. It is recommended that you purchase the basic Philips Hue starter kit. There are different versions of these starter kits (white starter kit, white and color start kit, etc.). However, the version of the starter kit does not change the basic steps necessary to set the lights up.

Setting up the Bridge

  1. Check the contents of the box. When you unbox your starter kit, you will get a bridge, a power adapter, an ethernet cable, and 2 to 3 lightbulbs, depending on which kit you purchase.
  2. Note that the bridge is the square piece that will connect to your router and communicate with the lights.
  3. Use the provided ethernet cable to connect the bridge to your router.
    • The bridge does not have WiFi built in. Instead it uses the WiFi in your router.
  4. Plug in the bridge by connecting the power adapter to the bridge and the other end to an outlet.
    • The bridge should light up around the central circular button and 3 smaller lights below it when you plug it in. This is an indication that the bridge is on and connected.
    • Wait until all four lights are on until you continue the set up process, as they may not all turn on at once.
    • If the bridge does not light up at all, check the connection of the power adapter. Make sure it is fully connected to the bridge and the outlet is working.

Choosing Location of the Lights

  1. Decide where to use the lightbulbs. Your lightbulbs can be placed anywhere in your house, as long as your WiFi connection can reach there.
    • If your WiFi connection is slow in a particular area, it may be more difficult for you to control the lights.
    • It is recommended that you have at least one lightbulb in the same room as the router during the set-up process. This way, it is easier to see when the lights are working like they should and will help in any troubleshooting process, if necessary.
  2. Check that the lightbulbs are working normally. Do this by screwing them in and turning the standard switch on as done with normal lightbulbs.
    • If it does not turn on normally, there is a fault in the lightbulb and you must get a new starter kit (you can often easily get a refund or a free replacement).

Setting up the App

  1. Download the app respective to your specific lights. The icon for the app respective to the recommended lights should look like the picture for this step.
  2. Ensure that you are connected to the WiFi that your bridge is hooked up to when you open up the app for the first time. This way your phone will attempt to detect your bridge automatically when you open the app.
    • It may take several minutes to detect the bridge. It is recommended that you sit close to the router and the bridge during this process, as it will help to speed it up.
  3. Set things up. Once it has found your bridge, tap "Set Up".
    • The app will ask you to press the "push-link button" on your bridge. This is the big circular button in the center of bridge.
  4. Tap on "Accept" after reading the terms and conditions.
    • If it does not connect after several minutes, check the connection between the bridge and your router before proceeding.
  5. Scan the 8-digit accessory code. This usually located at the bottom of the bridge unless otherwise specified on the app.
  6. Hold your phone up to the code and it will detect it automatically. If it does not detect it with your camera, you can enter the code manually.
  7. Done. Your bridge is now connected to your smartphone!

Connecting the Lights

  1. Ensure that you have the connection working. The app will not detect your lights if your smartphone is not connected to the same router that the bridge is connected to.
    • This should not be an issue if you have successfully gone through Part 3 - Setting up the App.
  2. Before connecting your lights, make sure they are all powered on with the standard switch so that your smartphone can detect them.
  3. Tap the plus sign (+) on your smartphone for your bridge to begin detecting all of your lightbulbs automatically.
    • It may take several minutes for the bridge to detect all of the lights and for them to show up on your smartphone.
  4. If all your lightbulbs are not found automatically, enter the 6-digit serial number located on the lightbulb and tap "Search".
    • This is commonly seen with starter kits, so don't worry if all of your lights are not detected automatically.
  5. Check the app. When all of the lights have been detected, the app will tell you how many were found and list them with standard names.

Creating Your Rooms

  1. Group the lights. The app will automatically prompt you to group the detected lights into rooms for easier control.
    • Use the plus sign (+) on the app to add a room.
  2. Tap on the text box at the top and enter the name of your first room.
  3. Directly underneath your room name will be "Room Type".
    • Here you can select what type of room your lights are in.
    • This information allows the lights to turn on effectively and efficiently.
    • All of your detected lights will be listed under "Light Selection".
  4. Choose the lights that correspond to the selected room.
  5. Save the settings. When you are done choosing the lights corresponding to the selected room, tap "Save".
  6. Add more rooms by tapping the plus sign (+) again after your first room has been added.
  7. Continue. When you have added all your rooms, tap "Next".
  8. Tap "Let's go" to begin customizing and controlling your lights. You are now done with the initial set up for your WiFi-enabled lights!


  • Keep your receipt for the starter kit, in case it has a fault.

Things You'll Need

  • Starter kit (Phillips Hue or similar)
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