You can do a lot with Philips Hue lighting. One of the most basic uses is to extinguish and light the lamps on certain occasions. Many people turn on their lights at night and off during daylight. This allows you to use natural light during the day and it keeps your electricity bill down. Of course, you can do it manually, but what is the meaning of smart lights if you still do everything manually? You didn't pay all the money to not take advantage of these features, right? In this guide, we take a look at turning off Philips Hue lights on and off at sunset and sunrise, respectively.
This does not Hela worked out of the box, as the sunrise and sunset change subtly every day. This requires cloud support to ensure that this behavior triggers at the current time. There are three main ways to get the effect. First, you need:
For the second method you need:
And for the third method you need:
- Everything you need for the third method is at least one Philips Hue Hub and one light
- You Also need a reliable source of information for sunsets and sunrise times where you live.
With all this you should be able to get started.
Method One – The official road
The first method uses the Philips Hue app itself. Philips has an automatic setting for this in the app, and it's actually quite easy to activate. You can set this up on the web or on your phone. We go over here.
Through the app:
- Open the official app on your Android or iOS device. Make sure you are logged in to your Philips Hue account.
- Click the Routines button on the lower navigation bar. From there, tap Other routines .
- Next, press Create custom routine button followed by the option at sunset .
- You must give permission to the Philips Hue app's location if you have not already done so.
- The next screen is your settings. You can select days of the week you want for the effect, the scene and
- With the last selection you can turn off the lights at a certain time. For this guide, we actually recommend the Do Nothing option because we set up the sunrise phase in a separate routine.
- Right selection at the top right to end the sunset
- Create another custom routine, but this time select the option at Sunrise .
- Follow the same steps as before, except this time select Off under ] What to happen section.
- Right selection and you are done!
Via the website:
- Visit this site on your home WiFi connection. Log in to your Philips Hue account if you are not already logged in.
- Fill in the settings exactly in the same way as in the app instructions above.
- However, there is a difference. In the web version you can configure the bleaching in the sunset and fade in the sunrise in the same routine. You must do this in separate procedures in the app.
- Turn on Install button when done!
The process is basically identical either with some minor differences. The web version allows you to configure sunrise and sunset in the same routine while the app allows you to do it in two separate routines. Otherwise everything is the same. One final note is that you must configure some custom scenes before creating the routines.
Method 2 – IFTTT
This method is usually depreciated at present. It's easier and faster to do in the official app and you don't need a third-party service. However, IFTTT still has some benefits. It is a good method for those who already use IFTTT and IFTTT is an excellent hub for smart home stuff in general. Here's how to do it over IFTTT.
- Open the IFTTT app or the IFTTT website. Log in or register if you don't already have one. You can sign up and log in with both Google and Facebook if you wish.
- Enable this applet to turn on lights at sunset.
- When you activate the first applet, it will ask you to log in to your Philips Hue account as well. You must allow access to IFTTT to your Philips Hue account.
- Then you bounce back to IFTTT to complete the configuration. You can also have the applet turn off the lights at sunrise if you want.
- To disable this method, simply go to the My Applets option in the app or on the site and disable the applet.  There are some benefits to the IFTTT method. The applets are easy to find, work well and there are several other options if you do not like the one we linked. You can search for others in the IFTTT app. In addition, with your Philips Hue account linked, there are thousands of other applets with additional customization options that the official app may not replicate. Finally, the IFTTT applet we linked can allow you to manually set your location so that no apps get even access to your site. You still need a Philips Hue account, but otherwise it's a bit more private than the main variant.
Method 3 – Manually set routines
Of course you can also do it manually. This method is a little more practical than the others, but it is a quick and dirty way to achieve the same effect.
- Open the Philips Hue app and navigate to the menu Routines .
- Touch the Other option Routines and press Create the custom routine button at the top. Finally, tap At a certain option.
- Set the time to an approximation of the sunset time. Under Fade, select the desired length of time. Also choose the rooms you want to be enlightened and the weekday you want. You can also set the location you want when you start.
- Finally, under Turns Off Rooms at setting, select Do nothing. Right selection button at the top to create this routine.
- Repeat the previous steps except for the sunrise instead of the sunset.
- When you receive the scene selection, select the Off setting.
- Turn on the checkbox to create the routine.
You now have two routines for turning on the lights at sunrise and turning off the lights around the sunset. There are some advantages and disadvantages to the manual method. Sunset and sunrise times change literally every day with little. But in June 2019, the sunrise times will only be between 6:28 and 6:32 AM, while the sunset times range between 8:10 and 8:17.
Thus, you can manually set it to fade at about 8: 10 o'clock and set it to fade out about 6:28 and it will work mostly the same for the whole month. This means that in principle you have to edit these routines every month and during summer time to change the times yourself. Nor is it as elegant as the two previous methods.
Manual is quite easy to do, but it is a bit boring and not as elegant as other options.
However, there are some advantages to this as well. You do not need to register for a Philips Hue account to use this method. In addition, the app does not need your site to work properly. You also don't need a third party like IFTTT to do it for you. It's a bit fast and dirty, but it's also the best way to do it without creating any accounts or allowing any permissions. Thus, it is the most private option.
Philips Hue lamps can do very nice things. Automation must be up there among the best things a smart light can do. Which method do you prefer? Tell us your thoughts in the comments and check out some of our other tutorials!