Philips Hue partners with Spotify to turn all your lights into a music visualizer

There's an easy way to set the mood at your next party if you have Hue lights in your home. Signify, the company behind the Philips Hue brand, has partnered with Spotify to allow your lightbulbs to automatically sync with any music playing. They will change color and flash along with the beat.
Signify already offers many ways to sync lights to music, including the Hue Sync app. However, these methods often require that an app or external hardware be able to listen in on what you are doing. The Hue Bridge can now connect directly to Spotify and see what's playing after you have linked your accounts.

You will need a Hue Bridge and color bulb

This close partnership can also help to improve the user experience by allowing the Hue system to adjust lighting effects based upon specific information about your music, such as its genre, volume, mood, volume, and other data. If you don't want the Hue system to decide how to light things, the app allows you to customize the effects.

There are two limitations to the system: you will need a Hue Bridge to use it (newer bulbs can be used via Bluetooth without the dedicated hub); the feature does not support color bulbs. You don't need to have a Spotify subscription.

Signify claims that the feature will begin rolling out today and will be available to all Hue users in less than a week. Initially, it was billed as an early-access feature. In October, Signify plans to make the feature a permanent feature of Hue.

Signify today announced several new Hue lights in addition to the Spotify partnership. These include more filament lights and brighter bulb configurations as well as updated lamps.


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