Philips Hue dynamic lighting scenes are lacking two key options

After a protracted wait, Signify-owned Philips Hue has lastly rolled out dynamic scenes that permit its good lights to cycle between numerous colours. However a pair of pretty apparent options are—for now, anyway—lacking in motion.

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

To entry the scenes, faucet on a room or a zone that comprises colour Hue lights, faucet the Hue Scene Gallery tile, then choose any scene under the preliminary Defaults part and faucet the Add to My Scenes button.

Now, again within the room view, faucet the tile of the brand new scene, and your Hue lights will change to the static model of the scene. To modify to the dynamic model, faucet the Play icon on the scene. You’ll realize it’s working once you see the “Dynamics” bug on the tiles of your Hue colour lights. (You may apply dynamic scenes to rooms with a mix of colour and white-only Hue lights, however solely the color-capable lights will start altering colours.)

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You may swap a Hue mild scene to dynamic mode by urgent the Play button (the Cease button is pictured). Be aware the “Dynamics” tag within the tile for the Iris mild.

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

Hue concedes as a lot within the launch notes for the up to date Hue app, noting that for this “preliminary” launch, the dynamic results can be “refined,” and that “you could not discover” the lights altering colours.

Chatting with, Hue head of know-how George Yianni mentioned (translated from German) that “we now have intentionally not chosen the usual in order that it is sort of a disco.”

Certainly, even the “Social gathering Vibes” collection of dynamic scenes, similar to Ibiza, Osaka, Soho, and Tokyo, roll by so slowly that you could be not instantly discover the altering colours.

philips hue scene gallery Ben Patterson/IDG

Hue’s new dynamic scenes are sluggish and refined, even for scenes within the “Social gathering Vibes” part.

That mentioned, Hue customers will be capable of change the pace of dynamic scenes in a “future launch,” in keeping with the Hue launch notes, though it’s not clear when that replace will arrive. I’ve reached out to Hue for extra particulars.

The choice to tweak the pace of Hue dynamic colour scenes leads into one other lacking characteristic: the flexibility to create your individual dynamic scenes.

When Hue first introduced dynamic colour scenes earlier this summer time, I assumed that we’d be capable of edit dynamic scenes and create new ones. However to my shock, you possibly can’t, or at the least not with model 4.4 of the Hue app. For now, all you are able to do is choose pre-made dynamic scenes from the Hue scene gallery.

The excellent news is that—much like altering the pace of dynamic scenes—a “future” replace will permit customers to create new dynamic scenes, or flip an present static scene right into a dynamic one.

Once more, although, it’s not clear when the dynamic scene editor will arrive. I’ve requested Hue concerning the capacity to create dynamic scenes and I’ll replace this story once I hear again.

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