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How to set up your smart lighting

Philips Hue, Hive Active Light or TP Link – find out how to get your new smart lighting set up.

You've taken the plunge and joined the smart home revolution - now let's get your brand new smart lighting set up. Whether you've gone for Philips Hue, Hive Active Light or TP Link lights, our handy guide will take you through step by step and help you get everything installed the smart way.

How to set up Philips Hue

  • Fit or plug in your new Philips Hue lights and turn them on at the switch as normal.
  • Plug in the Hue Bridge hub with the provided plug
  • Hook up the Bridge to your home WiFi router with the LAN cable that came in the box
  • Download and install the Hue App from the Google Play Store if you're on an Android device or the App Store if you're using an Apple device.
  • Check that all three lights on your Hue Bridge are blue and make sure you've pressed the button in the middle. If the lights aren't blue, hold the middle button.
  • Once all three lights are blue, open the app, go to 'settings', tap 'Hue Bridges' and let your phone connect to the Bridge.
  • You're now connected and you can control all of your linked devices from the app!

How to set up Hive Active Light

  • If you're new to Hive, you'll need to set up your account and your Hive Hub. Your Hub comes with a user guide that'll take you through that particular set up step by step.
  • To add your Hive Active Light using the app - open the app, log in, tap the 'Menu' button, then 'Install devices' and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • If you're using the online dashboard at hivehome.com, log in and under 'Settings' select 'Install devices'. Then follow the simple on-screen instructions.
  • Now, fit the bulb into your light fitting and switch the light on at the wall.
  • The bulb will flash on and off to show that it's searching for your hub.
  • Once it appears on your screen, it'll flash once more to confirm it's connected.
  • Give your Active Light a name, press 'Save' and you're all set up!

How to set up TP Link smart light

  • You don't need a separate hub to set up a TP Link smart light, just your home WiFi network and the Kasa app.
  • Once you’ve got the new bulb fitted, connect your smart phone to your home WiFi network, download the Kasa app and follow the on-screen instructions to create a cloud account.
  • In the app, tap the '+' icon in the top right hand corner and add a smart bulb from the list of devices.
  • Now, reset your smart bulb by turning it off three times. Wait five seconds until it blinks three times by itself.
  • Turn the light on at the switch and again, wait five seconds for three blinks.
  • On Android, Kasa will automatically search for your smart bulb. On Apple devices, Kasa will guide you through this step manually.
  • Once the smart light has been identified, give it a name, pick an icon and connect it up to your home network. All done!