How to Sync Philips Hue to Music
Did you know that this Christmas the Amazon Echo Dot was the most popular purchase?
With that in mind, it’s natural that everything that accompanies the Dot will follow – thermostats, pet feeders and everything else.
But lighting is one of the cheapest and fastest ways to transform your home completely. If you already have a set of smart bulbs, like the Phillips Hue, you may be eager to put them to the test.
Let’s start by connecting your brand new smart bulbs to react to the music you play at home.
How to sync Philips Hue to music
For this we will assume you already have your lighting set up. Now, all you need is download an app to control it. You can do that through Hue’s native app or go to the Apple Store or the Play Store to download directly.
There are many apps you can try like from free like Music Light: Flashlight, Strobe and Music Visualizer to Hue Disco (around $4).
Open the app you downloaded and press the button on the Hue Bridge to connect your lighting to the app. And that’s it.
We told you it was easy, right?
Most apps use your microphone to listen to music and sync the lighting. That means you don’t need your phone for music. In fact, the apps can sync to your own singing, players like Spotify and Deezer or the song playing on your friends phone without any hassle.
Best Apps to Sync Music and Philips Hue
Despite the constant encouragement from the customers, Philips Hue hasn’t yet implemented an option to sync music in your room, or even on your phone with your lighting. So, you have to use third-party apps (we already mentioned Hue Disco and Music Light) for this task.
Which of them are the best?
The best rated ones all perform their primary function of syncing Hue to music pretty well, so the question is, what else can they offer? For example, are they easy to use? Can they adjust the atmosphere in your home based on auto presets?
Splyce is available on iOS and Android. It’s unique as first it is a music player and then it is a lightning sync app. If you don’t know, Splyce is a special app that streams music and, uniquely, automatically mixes your favorite tracks. You pick the rules, Splyce does the rest, while now it also works as a sync app for your Hue system.
Hue Disco. Phillips use this app in their videos themselves, we thought we ought to give it a try. And we can’t say we tried all the free apps out there, but paying a couple of bucks for the power Hue disco provides seems a fair exchange, to say the least. What it does well is bring the customization of every aspect right to your fingertips from managing how sensitive your lights are to every beat (frequency, intensity) to setting up the mood per your request in anyway you like. And it runs on both iOS and Android.
Ambify, which is only available for iOS devices, is also a superb option. Partly because it’s not only controlled through your phone but through your Apple computer, as well (which gives you even more control over your lighting). It’s not free, but you there is a trial desktop solution. The difference between other apps is that Ambify is really an all-in-one solution for music fans from connecting to your Apple TV to connecting to and lighting your instruments, while syncing with Hue is only a small part of what is can do.
Sync Philips Hue to your movies
In the same fashion, you can download and sync lighting to the movies you watch. It’s certainly a immersive experience. But in this case, it is a little more complicated because it is the visual effects on your TV your mobile has to deal with. So, in most cases, the apps utilize the camera of your phone as well as the microphone.
However, the bonus of setting this up is that is also works with playing games.
It is important to note that syncing Hue with your TV, the placement of your lights are crucial. Because you probably don’t want the whole room to light up (as you would in a disco) but only the background of the TV. That’s why we highjly recommend looking at the Hue Lightsrtip
If you don’t want to spend extra cash on lighting, then syncing Hue to your smartphone is the next best thing.
What apps to use?
To be fair, a lot of apps that we have tried are still not up to the task, especially when it comes to fast reaction times. What we did find works well was the Hue TV app which you can get from the App Store for $2.99. The good news is that it gets the job done with minimal issues. The bad news is that there is no great option for Android users.
However, you can go the other route and connect your PC monitor through software such as Hue Dynamic. The advantage here is that you don’t need a phone camera pointed at your screen. Plus, you can also use it to sync Hue to your music, set up schedules and more. Even if you are trying to sync your TV instead of the computer, you could use the webcam on your laptop where you have the software installed.
In any case, once you try it, you will know – it is worth the effort.