Beta Your­self Philips Hue

You’ve got smart bulbs but all you do is turn them on and off from your bed? Stuff’s res­i­dent bright spark Mark Wil­son is here to light up your life with th­ese il­lu­mi­nat­ing Hue tips

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Light up your world with th­ese smart tips


Make a scene Philips Hue ‘scenes’ are pre­sets for its colour bulbs. The app has some built-in op­tions but you can cre­ate your own. Tap on one of your rooms, press ‘Scenes’, then tap the ‘+’ icon in the bot­tom right cor­ner. Choose ‘Pic­ture scene’ and you’ll get the op­tion of choos­ing a photo from your cam­era roll to recre­ate a mood from a cher­ished mem­ory.

Scrap the sched­ules To get your lights in tune with your move­ments, go to ‘Rou­tines’, then ‘Home & Away’, then press the ‘Lo­ca­tion aware’ switch. Now you can de­cide which lights go on when you’re com­ing home or leav­ing, and if they should only come on af­ter sun­set.

Rise and shine You can time your bed­room Hue lights to slowly wake you up in the morn­ing, and also gen­tly lull you to sleep at night. Head to ‘Rou­tines’ and ei­ther ‘Wake up’ or ‘Go to sleep’. Press the ‘+’ but­ton to cre­ate a sched­ule for them to slowly ‘fade in’ or ‘fade out’ (mak­ing sure to leave out the week­end, if it’s your work plan) and press save. Talk to your lights To con­nect your Hue lights to an Ama­zon Echo, en­able the Hue skill in the Alexa app, then go to ‘Discover de­vices’. The app will then im­port your scenes, let­ting you sing out phrases like “Alexa, turn on ‘re­lax’ in the bed­room”. For Google Home, go to the main menu in the top left cor­ner in the Home app, fol­lowed by ‘Home con­trol’, then press ‘+’ to add de­vices.

Make it rain Down­load Thun­der­storm (from US$2.99 / iOS, An­droid) for Hue and gain god-like con­trol over your smart light storm, as your Hue bulbs flicker and flash in time with con­vinc­ing sound ef­fects. You can choose which bulbs to in­clude, set a sleep timer for the storm to con­ve­niently pass, and even add back­ground sounds like chirp­ing ci­cadas.

HueDy­namic (US$5.99) brings most of the tricks from third-party Hue apps to Win­dows, as well as Cor­tana voice con­trol of your lights.

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