While you can install professional systems that connect your lights to your doorbell, you can use your existing smart video intercom (like the Ring or SkyBell HD) and Philips Hue bulbs to make your bulbs flash when someone rings the doorbell . Here’s how to do it.

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Why should I do this?

Many of these types of installations are used in homes where the person living there is deaf or at least hard of hearing. If the doorbell rings, the lights flash, this is a great way to alert them that someone is at the door without having to hear the doorbell.

Even if you don’t have hearing problems, something like this can be great if you place it in rooms that are far away from the doorbell ringing, so if you don’t hear the doorbell ring, your lights will flash like this, that you will still know that someone has rung the doorbell, even if you didn’t hear it.


This is done with IFTTT, which allows users to connect all kinds of products and services that you might not otherwise be able to connect. If you haven’t used IFTTT before, check out our getting started guide for information on how to create an account, connect apps, and create recipes.

For your convenience, we’ve already created the recipe in its entirety and implemented it below — using our Smart Video Doorbell Ring Doorbell as our smart video doorbell in this case — so if you’re already an IFTTT expert, just hit the «Add» button. You will need to connect the Philips Hue channel and the Ring channel if they are not already connected.

IFTTT Recipe: When someone rings your doorbell, the light flashes, connects the ring to Philips-Hue

If you’d like to customize a recipe (which you probably want to do if you have other SmartHome products you’d like to use instead), here’s how we created it. Start by going to the IFTTT home page and click «My Recipes» at the top of the page. Make sure you are logged in.


Then click «Create Recipe».


Click on «it» highlighted in blue.


Type «Ring» in the search field or search for it in the list of products and services below. Click on it when you find it.


Then, on the Select Trigger screen, click New Ring Detected.


On the next screen, click on the drop-down menu and select your doorbell from the list (there will most likely be only one anyway). Click «Create Trigger» after selecting your doorbell.

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Then click «it» highlighted in blue.

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Type «Philips Hue» into the search box, or search for it in the list of products and services below. Click on it when you find it.


Now you will choose what your lights will do whenever your doorbell rings. In this case, you probably want them to blink, so click «Flash Lights».


Next, you will choose which lights you want to flash. Unfortunately, with Philips Hue’s IFTTT restrictions, you can only select one bulb or all Philips Hue bulbs — you can’t select just a few bulbs.

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When you select the light you want to use, click «Create Action».

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On the next page, give your recipe a custom title and then click «Create Recipe». The prescription will then be valid, and now, whenever your doorbell rings, your lights will flash to let you know someone is at the door.

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