Philips Hue smart bulbs can now sync with Spotify


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Wish your Philips Hue lights could pulse along with your favorite Spotify playlists? Now they can, courtesy of a just-announced integration between Signify’s smart lighting brand and the streaming music giant.

Besides showing off the new Spotify features during a virtual IFA presentation this week, Philips Hue also unveiled its long-awaited dynamic lighting scenes, as well as a trio of gradient smart lamps, additional brightness options for its white dimmable and tunable “ambiance” bulbs, new filament and ceiling lights, and 120Hz support for the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box.

Philips Hue lights can sync with Spotify

First up: Color-capable Hue bulbs can now sync up with your Spotify tunes using a new, in-app integration. While Hue bulbs could already strobe and pulse with music with help from various third-party apps and a microphone, Hue’s new Spotify integration uses timestamped metadata on each track to “anticipate” the beats, as well as an algorithm that creates a “light script” based on the song’s mood, genre, and tempo.

To sync your Spotify music with your Hue lights (the bulbs must be “color-capable”), you’ll need to link your Spotify and Philips Hue accounts. Because the music syncing occurs in the cloud, no microphone is required, and it doesn’t matter what device your music is playing on.

Both free and paying Spotify users will be able to sync their Hue lights with Spotify tunes, according to Philips Hue reps. That said, you will need a Hue bridge for the syncing trick to work (i.e., a Bluetooth connection won’t cut it).

The new Spotify integration will gradually begin rolling out worldwide starting today as an “early access” program; once you’re eligible to enroll in the program, a What’s New update will appear in the app with instructions on how to enable the feature. The integration will become a “permanent” fixture in the Hue app after October.

Dynamic and 24-hour scenes

First announced in June, dynamic scenes are slated to arrive in the Hue app today. Unlike conventional, static light scenes, dynamic scenes allow the lights in a room or zone to slowly change from one color to another.

A similar feature coming this fall will allow you to create dynamic scenes that last a full 24 hours, complete with colors and brightness that change as the day wears on. One of the new all-day light scenes, for example, will “mimic” the movement of the sun, with warmer light in the mornings and evenings and cooler hues during the day.

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