App to give kids limited Hue control?

Updated on May 11, 2018 in [Apps for Philips hue]
9 on January 4, 2018

I’m looking for an app to let me give my kids control of Hue in only their rooms.  I don’t want my kid waking up in the middle of the night and deciding it would be fun to start a disco in kid #2’s room. 🙂  I’m surprised that I haven’t been able to find such an app.   Any suggestions?

 
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0 on January 6, 2018

A lot of the apps I’ve seen let you designate certain lights. I put two lights in my teenage daughter’s room, and set the lights on several apps.

The problem, unfortunately, is that none of the settings sections have a parent lock or password, so if your child goes into settings, they could change stuff.

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0 on January 7, 2018

I’d be interested in some specific app names – any of the ones I’ve tried so far didn’t seem to let me. I can live with not having a parental lock as long as I at least have security by obscurity. If the kid really abuses it I can take the privilege away. I just don’t want it sitting right in their face…. 😀

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0 on January 7, 2018

Well, it depends on whether you’re Android or Apple. I tried to find my Android apps for my daughter’s phone, but not all of them are cross-platform. For Android, I’ve used Huegasm, Huemanic, H3Party, Hue Switcher, All 4 Hue, Lumio, and Hue Goal Light. All of those have let me designate either individual lights or rooms.

On my daughter’s iPhone, I bought a collection by Mediavibe that included Hue Fireworks, Hue Thunder, Hue Disco, Hue Body and Soul, Hue Twister (kinda fun if you still play the game – it shows the color and tells you which hand/foot). Every app I’ve used allowed me to designate which lights to use.

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2 on February 4, 2018

Hi Paulfielding,

I recently released an app for Android, HueSimple, which is suitable for children and the elderly. The user interface is very simple and the lighting / room configuration can not be changed, only the existing scenes can be used.
With a hidden function you can filter the scenes to be displayed, the others are hidden and can not be used.

It could be a solution.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bzt.hsc

https://bztapps.wordpress.com/hue-simple/

 

 

on February 17, 2018

That looks like it would do the job nicely.  Unfortunately I need an iPhone app.  Any thoughts to porting? 😀

on February 17, 2018

No, sorry, I work only on Android …

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1 on April 14, 2018

I have an app called Simple Switch for Phillips Hue on my kids’ ipods. Each child is able to control only the lights I assign. They can turn off/on, dim, and select colours. The interface is clean and understandable, even for my pre-literate child, and, importantly no one is fighting over the switch or my phone to modify their “batcaves”. The only downside is that I have not figured out how to limit the brightness or the spectrum after bedtime, or even whether that’s possible.

on April 15, 2018

I shall check that out, it sounds like it’s just what I’m looking for. Many thanks!

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0 on May 11, 2018

@paulfielding

Hi you can try ‘Hue For Kids’ app. Its an iOS app that helps learn your kids with Hue Bulbs. You can control specific rooms light from settings under this app. You just need to setup kids room/group with lights inside your kids room in Philips official Hue app and that will be available in Hue For Kids app’s room/group setting.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hue-for-kids-for-philips-hue/id1241297358?mt=8

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