STATES CHRONICLE – According to an article in PC Magazine, Philips Hue will reverse the blocking of third-party bulbs.
A few days ago, Philips Hue decided to install an update on its Philips Hue bridge that blocked third-party light bulbs, namely, light bulbs without certification. His purported reason was that these bulbs are incompatible with the Philips Hue system, and they cause malfunctions, like producing unwanted colors or not dimming off.
The bridge allowed bulbs that used the ZigBee protocol to function in the system, but the company was aware that this was causing problems and was secretly trying to address them.
And this was the solution: to install a feature that would block third party bulbs in order to protect the system from interoperability problems.
This decision was met with much dissatisfaction from customers, who complained that Philips Hue light bulbs are very expensive. Some of the buyers might therefore be driven away by this move. In addition, there are many unofficial users who have not had these problems.
In response to these complaints, the company has decided to keep allowing their customers to use uncertified bulbs. In a press release, they said that they hadn’t realized how much this would impact a small number of their customers who use such products.
They are presently working on another upgrade that will permit the usage of third-party light bulbs. Users will be able to install it with the Philips Hue application. The upgrade will reverse the block and allow the usage of other brands with the Philips system.
The Dutch company does warn, however, that users will continue to have those compatibility problems that he it was trying to resolve.
Philips is a company stationed in Amsterdam and was founded in 1891. It is one of the market leaders in electronics, lighting and healthcare.
Its new Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 has recently been lauded in PC Magazine for its simple setup and for its ability to sustain up to 50 light bulbs. But if you want to acquire one of these, it will set you back quite a lot, and they don’t even have voice control for Android.
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