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By Dan Moren

Applications Folder: iConnectHue

If all you want to do is turn your Philips Hue smart lights on and off remotely, and perhaps occasionally change their colors, you can probably get by with the standard Hue app, or even Apple’s HomeKit. But thanks to Philips’s rather open platform, you can turn to a handful of third-party apps for some more complicated automation options that let you control your smart lights in clever and interesting ways.

Of those, one of the most powerful is iConnectHue. Like the Hue app or HomeKit, it lets you set up and control your lights by individual bulb or by group, set time or geofence-based rules, and configure smart switches or sensors that you have installed. It’s user friendly too, for example letting you drag and drop colors from one scene to another, and having lights blink when you select them, so you can easily tell which one you’re editing.…

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