With the touch of a button, you can change the color of your Philips Hue light. While the Hue app comes with several built-in color presets, you can also create your own custom scenes from your own photos.

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If you’ve been using Hue lights since the old «Gen 1» app, then this feature will look familiar. You can select an image from your camera and use it as a color template for your light tones. So, for example, if you’re taking a photo of a particularly gorgeous sunset and want to capture that unique shade of orange/purple, you can use that photo to set your hues.

To get started, open the app and tap on the name of the light you want to change the color of. Be sure to tap on the name itself, and not on the round icon, as this will bring up a color picker.

On this screen, turn on the light if it is not. Then click the Scenes tab.

On the Scenes tab, tap the Plus icon at the bottom of the screen, then select Image Scene.

Then select an image from your camera. The hue will take the average of the colors in your picture, so choose one that is either a single color scheme or has a large area that matches the color you want.

For my example, I wanted to use the blue scene that I photographed. You can move and scale the image to show only part of the image and the Hue app will update just like you. As soon as I narrow the picture down to the curtain, I get a nice soft blue color. You can also adjust the brightness of the light along the bottom. When you’re done customizing the image, click Save.

Give your scene a name and you’re done.

Once you have saved your preset, you can find it again in the scene list later and apply it whenever you want.

You will find all your custom scenes at the bottom of the scene list. You can always adjust the brightness if needed, but Hue will remember the color you choose in your picture.

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