Philips Hue’s new dynamic lighting scenes are lacking two key options


After a protracted wait, Signify-owned Philips Hue has lastly launched dynamic visuals that enable its good lights to cycle between completely different colours. However there’s a few pretty apparent options — for now, anyway — lacking in motion.

The brand new Dynamic Views arrived in model 4.4 of the Philips Hue app final week, and so they work with all color-compatible Hue lights.

To entry Scenes, faucet a room or a zone that has coloured Hue lights, faucet the Hue Scene gallery tile, then select any scene under the preliminary defaults part and faucet the Add to My Scenes button.

Now, again within the room view, faucet the brand new scene’s tile, and your Hue lights will change to the nonetheless model of the scene. To modify to the dynamic model, faucet the play icon on the scene. You may know it is working whenever you see the “Dynamics” bug in your Hue coloured mild tiles. (You’ll be able to apply dynamic visualization to rooms with a mixture of hues and solely white hue lights, however solely hue-enabled lights will start to alter coloration.)

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You’ll be able to change the Hue mild scene to dynamic mode by urgent the Play button (the cease button is pictured). Notice the “Dynamics” tag within the tile for Iris Mild.

Your first response to seeing the Hue dynamic scene in motion will probably be: “So… is it working?” That is as a result of the transition between colours—for now, at the very least—is fairly sluggish and plush.

Hue acknowledges as a lot within the launch notes for the up to date Hue app, noting that for this “early” launch, the dynamic results will probably be “delicate”, and that “chances are you’ll not discover” the lights altering colours.

Chatting with HueBlog.com, Hue Head of Know-how George Yianni stated (translated from German) that “we intentionally did not select the usual in order that it could be like disco.”

The truth is, even the “get together vibes” collection of dynamic scenes like Ibiza, Osaka, Soho and Tokyo are so sluggish you won’t discover the colours altering immediately.

Philips Hue Scene Gallery Ben Patterson/IDG

Hue’s new dynamic scenes are sluggish and delicate, even for scenes within the “Celebration Vibes” phase.

That stated, Hue customers will be capable to change the tempo of dynamic scenes in a “future launch,” based on the Hue launch notes, although it is unclear when this replace will arrive. I’ve reached out to Hue for extra info.

The choice to alter the pace of Hue dynamic coloration scenes results in one other lacking function: the power to create your personal dynamic scenes.

When Hue first introduced Dynamic Coloration Scenes earlier this summer time, I believed we would be able to edit dynamic scenes and create new ones. However to my shock, you possibly can’t, or at the very least with model 4.4 of the Hue app. For now, you possibly can solely choose pre-made dynamic scenes from the Hue Scene gallery.

The excellent news is that – just like altering the pace of dynamic scenes – a “future” replace will enable customers to create new dynamic scenes, or convert present static scenes to dynamic ones.

Once more, although, it is unclear when the dynamic visible editor will arrive. I’ve requested Hue about its capability to create dynamic visuals and I will replace this story after I hear again.



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