Hue Essentials can connect multiple bridges or Philips Hue Bluetooth lights. Most Zigbee bridges support Zigbee lights from different manufacturers.
Philips Hue bridge
The Philips Hue bridges (generation 1 and 2) by Signify are fully supported in Hue Essentials. The latest generation supports Philips Hue Entertainment with the fastest effects possible. Simply a wonderful solution!
Philips Hue Bluetooth lights
The Bluetooth lights by Signify do not require a bridge and can be connected directly to Hue Essentials. For more features you can purchase the bridge of course.
IKEA TRÅDFRI HomeSmart gateway
Get your IKEA TRÅDFRI connected in Hue Essentials to get the most out of the HomeSmart gateway. You can connect this Gateway directly in Hue Essentials and you do not need another bridge. The Gateway in Hue Essentials allows for more colors than the original app by IKEA. You can even connect your blinds by IKEA.
This gateway is only supported on Android. The iOS support for the IKEA TRÅDFRI will come in the future. See for more information: IKEA Trådfri support in Hue Essentials
deCONZ / Phoscon (ConBee)
The ConBee II USB-dongle or RaspBee solutions by dresden elektronik are simply the best for advanced users. You can get so much more out of your lights and have plenty of configuration options. Almost all types of Zigbee devices can be connected or configured in their software. Amazing to see how your devices are connected in the mesh network.
If you are a real DIY enthousiast, then the diyHue solution is highly recommended. Just have a look on their site at the endless options from building your own lights to existing lights. The diyHue emulator, which emulates a Hue bridge, can manage Zigbee lights, Mi-Light bulbs, ESP8266 and much more. It connects to your other bridges and shows them as one bridge. Is that not amazing? Of course we support this project and are working closely with their developers. Solutions like Entertainment and “Away from Home” were built between diyHue and Hue Essentials. The good thing about this open source project is that you get lots of functionality because anybody can contribute.
The LIFX lights can be connected over Wi-Fi in Hue Essentials. All effects and entertainment programs are supported. The lights can be controlled remotely as well.