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Can Philips Hue Cycle Colors? (Yes, most of the time…) – A Tutorial – New Video

YouTube thumbnail showing me talking and screenshots of the Hue app and a lightstrip

Whilst it’s not obvious from the Philips Hue app, it IS possible to automatically cycle between different colors with your Hue lights and light strips. This is possible via the “Hue Labs” feature, which I show step-by-step in this guide. I also cover this topic in much more detail on my blog here. However please … Read more

Can Philips Hue Do Black Light?

Screenshot from the Hue app showing an RGB color wheel for Hue Color bulbs

Black light is used everywhere from security to parties. These lights use UV-A wavelengths to cause a glow-in-the-dark reaction called fluoresce. You’ve probably seen this in black light posters at party stores or when you’re getting your stamp checked after re-entering into a concert. It can be an exciting twist on traditional lighting to be … Read more

Using Your Philips Hue Dimmer Switch With Alexa – Is It Possible?

Philips Hue dimmer switch showing a red (error) light

The goal of most smart home owners is to get their homes to operate seamlessly and achieve interoperability with all of their smart devices. With the introduction of smart home hubs such as Amazon’s Echo, Samsung SmartThings, and Apple HomeKit, just to name a few, this goal of interoperability seemed to become a reality. However, … Read more

Does Philips Hue’s Motion Sensor Work Through Glass & Windows?

A Hue motion sensor pointed at a window/glass

Infrared vision is the stuff of science fiction and spy movies. Being able to see heat signatures allows action movie heroes to see through walls, but why can’t my Philips Hue Motion Sensor see through a glass window? Passive infrared sensors work wonders in low-light conditions, but they have their drawbacks. These sensors are far … Read more

Hue Lab Formula Examples – Color Loop, Living Scenes (& 12 More!) – New Video

Philips Hue bulb and lightstrip in my study (as a YouTube thumbnail) with Hue Labs screenshot to the right

The official Philips Hue app is a little bit… boring, to be honest. Unlike the LIFX app, there are no dynamic effects or scenes. Any scenes or colors chosen within the Hue app are just static – meaning they don’t then change color or brightness. However thankfully Hue have the “Hue Labs”, which allow you … Read more