Silicon Labs and Philips Hue Further Advance Smart Lighting
Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) and Signify, the world leader in lighting,
are collaborating on an extension of the Friends of Hue program enabling
ecosystem partners to develop smart light switches for Philips Hue
systems. Silicon Labs is providing the Zigbee cluster libraries,
software tools, reference application and technical expertise to help
participating companies certified by the Friends of Hue program quickly
design and produce light switch products guaranteed to work flawlessly
with the Philips Hue smart lighting system.
The Friends of Hue ecosystem enables third-party vendors and brands to
build certified, interoperable smart lighting products that integrate
seamlessly with Philips Hue, the leading Zigbee-based smart lighting
solution. Silicon Labs, a key Friends of Hue partner, has worked closely
with Signify to define the Zigbee cluster and provide compliant
software to enable advanced light switch functionality, such as
user-friendly setup in the Philips Hue app and deploying firmware
updates through the Hue cloud. Silicon Labs' Zigbee software development
kit implements the Friends of Hue specification, allowing third-party
vendors to build certified devices that are guaranteed to integrate with
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"We believe smart lighting should be accessible to everyone, and
convenient smart light control via the light switch is a key part of
this vision," said Duncan McCue, Head of Partnerships, Signify. "The
Friends of Hue Switches program is helping partners develop innovative
light switches that integrate seamlessly with the Hue ecosystem,
improving the smart lighting experience for millions of consumers
worldwide. We are delighted to collaborate with Silicon Labs in
expanding the Friends of Hue program to enable battery-powered light
switches into the Hue ecosystem, based on Zigbee technology for maximum
reliability and interoperability."
When end users turn off smart lights using legacy wall switches, the
lights are powered off and cannot be controlled using apps, voice
commands, schedules or sensors. Friends of Hue switches enable reliable
Hue smart lighting control directly from wall switches, keeping the Hue
lights "always-ready" while providing a familiar interface everyone
knows how to use. The Silicon Labs Friends of Hue software development
kit (SDK) enables a variety of smart light switch designs and increases
the choice of compatible switches for Philips Hue users.
"With more than 15 years of experience in mesh networking and more than
250 million deployed mesh nodes to date, Silicon Labs is strengthening
the Friends of Hue program with our deep Zigbee expertise, best-in-class
software and wireless development tools," said Matt Saunders, Vice
President of Marketing and Applications, IoT Products, Silicon Labs.
"Together with the growing network of Friends of Hue partners, we are
advancing smart lighting solutions for the IoT."
"Smart lighting has redefined home automation by enabling simple,
affordable DIY solutions. As the leading IoT technology for smart
lighting, Zigbee has played a key role in driving smart home adoption
and innovation," said Mareca Hatler, Director of Research, ON World.
"Zigbee is used in 80 percent of all smart LED light bulbs sold today
from popular consumer retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot and
Bed Bath and Beyond."