Halloween is coming and if you have a house full of Philips Hue bulbs, now is the time to really put them to use. Here are some great ways to use these lights to make your home a little haunted.
Take Advantage of Hue’s Terrible Greenery
If you have 1st or 2nd gen Hue bulbs then you might be familiar with how poorly they produce real green — it’s more like a hideous yellow-green but it’s good when you’re on Halloween .
By changing the lighting to a dull yellow-green, you can make your home look like a scene straight out of the Saw movie. Use the color picker in the Hue app to fine-tune color if needed, but it can quickly transform any ordinary room into a fantastic spooky holiday.
Use Hue Disco to strobe your lights
You can create cool effects with your Hue lights, like strobe them to mimic lightning. Hue Disco is a great app for this (available for Android and iPhone). It’s mainly designed to sync light tones with your music, but it also has a dedicated strobe feature that randomly generates bright white flashes of light.
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Set this for all your lights, and from the outside it will look like your house is just one big creepy thunderstorm. Or you can get a room at the end of your long hallway that will swing open and the door will open, creating an eerie sight.
My favorite, though, is to put the lamp on the floor and light up the shade of light built into it, simulating the lamp falling and malfunctioning.
Sync your lights with Halloween sound effects
If you want to diversify the different things you can do with your Hue lights during Halloween, Hue Halloween (available for Android and iPhone) is a great app.
The app comes with a lot of sound and light effects that play in tandem in a layout style. There are also several options that you can play continuously in addition to various effects, such as spooky piano music combined with things like a witch witch, creaking doors, thunder and lightning, and more.
flickering candle light
One of the easiest ways to create spooky lighting is to use candles and torches. Sure, you could just use regular candles or torches, but if you’re worried about fire and smoke hazards and don’t want to go out and buy those fake LED candles, then Hue lights are your next best option.
Perhaps the best app for this is OnSwitch (for Android and iPhone), which can simulate this kind of light, creating a soft, orange, rippling glow. If you have a Philips Hue Go, you can even place them in carved pumpkins to spice things up.
Be creative and experiment
These are just a few ideas to get you started. The best thing you can do is just experiment and get creative with your lights. Pair them with all sorts of Halloween props so they can complement each other.
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You don’t even have to use Halloween themed colors and apps if you don’t want to — if you’re having a simple costume party that shouldn’t be scary or anything, actually use the Hue Disco music — sync features if you have will be stereo.
Ultimately, the world is your oyster, but hopefully this will inspire you for your upcoming Halloween party or trick-or-treat session.