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What do the lights on the Philips Hue Bridge mean?

If you own any Philips Hue products, you’ll most likely also have one of their Bridge devices. These connect their range of smart bulbs to your home network, making it simple for you to control them through the app.

The Philips Hue Bridge has 4 glowing blue lights on top, with some symbols that allude to their functions – but what do they actually mean? And, more importantly, what does it mean if one of them doesn’t light up?

There are actually two generations of Philips Hue Bridge, but they have the same light set-up.

  1. Power indicator: The mains adapter is connected and the Bridge is powered on.
  2. Network indicator: The Hue Bridge is successfully connected to your router. If this is not on then you will not be able to communicate with your bulbs.
  3. Hue Portal indicator. The Hue Bridge is successfully connected to the internet. If this is not on, your lights will still work but you won’t be able to control them through the app.
  4. Zigbee indicator: Zigbee communication* is up and running.

*Zigbee is a protocol used by various IoT devices to allow them to communicate with each other. Philips Hue supports this protocol, so that centre button can be used to sync with other Zigbee-compatible networks.

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David Artiss

Works for Automattic Inc., the company behind WordPress.com and Tumblr. Tech geek, international speaker and occasional PC Pro podcaster. Lover of Lego and video games.

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