How to Set a Timer for Your Philips Hue Lights
Through the Hue app you can set up timers to turn your lights off, to a different color or even blink them. This feature can be set via the Hue app as int he steps below, or via voice controls such as Google Home and Alexa.
Does Philips Hue have timer? In the Philips Hue released app version 4.2 for iOS and Android timers are included, under the automations tab timers can be set up here.
How to Set a Timer with Hue
In our example below we set a 15 minute timer to go to nightlight mode so I know it is timer to stop reading and go to bed.
Setting a timer with Hue is very quick and easy, it is broken down into steps below.
- Load the Philips Hue App
- Click ‘Automations’ from the bottom menu choice
- Select ‘Timers’ from the list
- Click ‘Create Timer’
- Give your timer a name
- Select how long you wish this to last
- Select the rooms an lights you wish to be active and on during this timer
- You can elect the scene or recipe for the lights, as well as the last state.
- Once complete click ‘Save’ in the top right
- You timer will automatically start, you can stop and start this at anytime.
Below are images that show the steps for the latest version of the Hue app.
Using the Hue app you can set the timer for all Hue bulbs and any other supported bulbs that you have added via the app.
Once the timer has finished it is saved in the timers page so that you can restart it or use it again in the future so you don’t have to create it each time.
How to use the Timer?
Think of it as a visual alarm. Tell the kids they have 10 minutes before bed, set a timer and have the lights in their room blink when it is bed time. The lights could dim or have the sunset scene so it gets darker helping them get into bed time mode.
Perhaps you have something cooking while you are watching a film, as a reminder your lights could start blinking in the living room where you are watching a film to remind you to pause and go and turn off or check your food.
If you are reading in the evening you could have your lights turn off after a set time, or perhaps you are having a nap and you could set your lights to turn on full brightness after 30 minutes.
Timers are a great way to act as a visual alarm for the hard of hearing and a great alternative to your typical audio alarm.
How are you using your timer? Let us know below in the comments.
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