Philips Hue lighting lets you do many things. One of the most basic use cases is turning the lights on and off at specific times. Many people turn on their lights at night and off in daylight. So you can use natural light during the day and your electricity bill stays low. Of course you can do this manually, but what is the point of Smart Lights if you do everything manually? You have not paid all the money to not use these features, right? This tutorial describes how to turn the Philips Hue lights on or off at sunset or sunrise.
This is not the case Quite normal, because sunrise and sunset change slightly each day. This requires cloud support to make sure this behavior fires at the right time. There are three main ways to achieve the effect. For the first one you need:
For the second method you need:
For the third method you need:
- For the third method you need at least a Philips Hue Hub and a light bulb already set up.
- You also need a reliable source of information for the sunset and the sunrise in which you live.
With all this you should be able to get started.
Method 1 – The official way
The first method uses the Philips Hue app itself. Philips has one in the app automatic adjustment, which is actually very easy to activate. You can set this up on the internet or on your phone. We both go closer here.
About the app:
- Open the official app on your Android or iOS device. Make sure you're signed in to your Philips Hue account.
- Click the Routines button in the bottom navigation bar. Then tap Other Routines .
- Then tap the Create Custom Routine button followed by the At Sunset option.
- You must, if you have not already, give the Philips Hue app location permission.
- The next screen contains your settings. You can select days of the week for the effect, the scene, and
- . With the last selection you can switch off the light at a certain time. For this tutorial we actually recommend the option Do Nothing since we are setting up the dazzling of the sunrise in a separate routine.
- Click the check mark in the upper right corner to end the sunset routine.
- Create another custom routine, but this time select At sunrise .
- Perform the same steps as before except Off under ] What should happen section. This will hide your lights instead of turning them on.
- Check the checkmark and you're done!
About the Website:
- Go to this website via your WiFi connection. Log in to your Philips Hue account if you are not already logged in.
- Enter the settings exactly as you would in the instructions above for the app.
- There is a difference, however. In the Web site version, you can configure dimming at sunset and hide at sunrise in the same routine. You have to do this in separate routines in the app.
- When done, click the Install button.
The process is essentially identical to both minor differences. In the web version, you can configure dawn and dusk ads in the same routine, while the app does this in two separate routines. Otherwise, everything is the same. One final note is that you need to set custom scenes before creating the routines. They are not available as options if you do not.
Method 2 – IFTTT
This method is currently mostly written off. In the official app, this is easier and faster, and you do not need a third-party service. IFTTT still has some advantages. This is a good method for those who already use IFTTT, and IFTTT is generally a great hub for smart home items. Here's how to do it through IFTTT:
- Open the IFTTT app or the IFTTT website. Log in or log in if you are not already logged in. You can sign up for both Google and Facebook and sign up if necessary.
- Enable this applet to turn on sunset lighting.
- If you enable the first applet, you will be asked to sign in to your Philips Hue account as Good. You must allow access to IFTTT to your Philips Hue account.
- After that, return to IFTTT to complete the configuration. You can also turn off the applet at sunrise if you want.
- To disable this method, just go to the My Applets option in the app or on the website and disable the applet.  The IFTTT method offers some advantages. The applets are easy to find, work well, and there are several other options if you do not like the app we link to. You can search for others in the IFTTT app. If your Philips Hue account is linked, there are also thousands of applets with additional customization options that may not be replicated by the official app. Finally, with the IFTTT applet we've linked, you can manually set your location so that no apps get consistent access to your location. You still need a Philips Hue account, but otherwise a bit more private than the main variant.
Method 3 – Manually Set Routines
Of course you can do this manually. This method is a little more practical than the others, but it's a quick and dirty way to get the same effect.
- Open the Philips Hue app and navigate to the menus Routines .
- Tap the Other routines option and tap the top of the Create Custom Routine button. Finally tap on the option At a certain time .
- Set the time to approximate the time of the sunset. Under Hide, select your preferred time. Also select the rooms to be lit and the days of the week you want. You can also set the desired scene when fading starts.
- Finally, under select the Rooms option. In the setting Do Nothing off. Click the check mark above to create this routine.
- Repeat the previous steps except the sunrise time instead of the sunset.
- When you get the scene selection area, select Off.
- Click to select the check box to create the routine.
You now have two routines to turn on the light at sunrise and turn off the light at sunset. The manual method has some advantages and disadvantages. The times for sunset and sunrise literally change a bit each day. However, in June 2019, the sunrise times are only between 6:28 and 6:32, while the sunset times are between 8:10 and 20:17.
So you can manually set it to fade in at about 8: 10PM and set it to fade out at 6:28 in the morning, and it works pretty much the same all month long. This means that you must always edit these routines every month and during summertime to change the times themselves. It's also not quite as elegant as the previous two methods.
Manual is pretty easy to do, but it's a bit boring and not as elegant as other options.
However, there are also some advantages. You do not need to sign up for a Philips Hue account to use this method. Also, the app does not need your location to function properly. You do not need a third-party app like IFTTT to do this for you. It's a bit quick and dirty, but it's also the best way to do that without creating accounts or enabling permissions. Therefore this is the most private option.
Philips Hue lights can do a lot of decent stuff. Automation has to be at the top of what the best light can do. Which method do you prefer? Tell us your comments in the comments and read some of our other tutorials!