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How to Set a Timer for Your Philips Hue Lights

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Through the Hue app you can set up timers to turn your lights off, to a different color or even blink them. 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. Or 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.

Timers a re a great way to act as a visual alarm, and also if you are hard of hearing a great alternative to your typical audio alarm.

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.

How to Set a Timer with Hue

Setting a timer with Hue is very quick and easy, it is broken down into steps below.

  1. Load the Philips Hue App
  2. Click ‘Routines’ from the bottom menu choice
  3. Select ‘Timers’ from the list
  4. Click ‘Create Timer’
  5. Give your timer a name
  6. Select how long you wish this to last
  7. Select the rooms an lights you wish to be active and on during this timer
  8. You can elect the scene or recipe for the lights, as well as the last state.
  9. Once complete click ‘Save’ in the top right
  10. You timer will automatically start, you can stop and start this at anytime, your timer will be saved here and others can be set up if you wish.

Below are images that show the steps for the latest version of the Hue app.


How to Set a Timer for Your Philips Hue Lights

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.

How are you using your timer? Let us know below in the comments. 


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Mike is the founder of Hue Home Lighting, a huge Hue fan with far too many lights, covering home and garden. A smart home gadget addict and also enjoys the odd bit of DIY

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7 Comments

  1. Adele

    Mike, January 2019, bought HUE color starter kit, using Android or Kindle fire, have problem with setting sunrise wake up lamp in bedroom. Also we can manually turn lights off and on, change colors or can use phone/tablet but cannot set a routine or repeat function.. timer to turn on and off not working. Help…..Adele

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  2. Michael Johnson

    ive set up a timer to flash after an x amount of time for my kids showering letting them know the time is up

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  3. Jimmy Malmkvist

    How to, if I want to set up a timer for my bulb, that’s allways switch off after 5 min., everytime it is switched on.
    I need that to save energy.
    The bulb will be switched on by clicking a “on” on a dimmer switch.
    The function above, – as it works here, you need to start the timer on my phone everytime 🙁

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  4. Jimmy Malmkvist

    If my outdoor lamp should be on, 5 minutes after I turned it on. How to?

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  5. Vanessa

    I really love the Phillips hue lightbulbs, and plan on buying more. However I would really really love to have an option in Routines and Timers to be able to turn off individual lightbulbs.

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