Power surges and blackouts can happen from time to time for a variety of reasons. However the problem with such instances is that if you rely on connected objects like smart light bulbs, they can turn themselves back on when the power is back. This can be a bit problematic if you’re not home or if it’s in the middle of the night and everyone’s sleeping.
However in an update to the Philips Hue app, it seems that Philips is now giving users more options when it comes to controlling their lights. Basically the new option gives users more control over what happens in the event of a power outage, where upon the power returning, users can choose the state of their lights, such as returning to its previous settings.
So for example if you had it off before, it will stay off and won’t revert back to on once the power is back. Philips has confirmed that the rollout for the support of the “power on” option will take place towards the end of the year, and that this will be applicable to all the official Hue lamps that the company has since released. So if you are encountering issues with bulbs not being supported, try giving it some time as the update might not have reached your particular device just yet.
Hi, the new ‘power on’ option will be rolled out towards the end of the year. Since we will enable this feature on all the official Hue lamps that we have ever released, the roll out procedure takes some time. We will keep you informed when the feature is publicly available.
— Philips Hue (@tweethue) December 13, 2018