Hue Outdoor for Philips Hue is a beautiful soundscape collection with matching procedural light scripts that run alongside.
With presets like ‘Dawn chorus’, ‘Woodland’ and ‘Evening meadow’ you will find yourself in peaceful surroundings with all kinds of birds and other sounds of nature. ‘Asian garden’, ‘Frog pond’ and ‘Tropical beach’ all have their unique themed sounds and colors to wander off into those surroundings. And with the ‘Farm’ and ‘Roof terrace’ themes you’ll be immersed into the world of cows, chickens and tractors or on top of a Roof terrace in the city. Out of the box it’s perfectly balanced the way we think suits each preset best. But if you like, a lot of settings can be customized. Turn off the wind or add a bird or two. Don’t like our colors? Choose your own that matches your mood. We will save all your customizations between sessions.
Let’s go over the controls and learn how to use them.
This is the first screen of Hue Outdoor.
Play a preset by tapping one of the pictures. See and hear what happens (make sure you have some bulbs selected in het Lights tab). Outdoor sounds with synced lighting effects will start playing. Don’t forget to swipe down for more presets.
For the best experience we advise you to connect to an external speaker or headphones. Hue Outdoor has built in delay correction when streaming to Airplay or Bluetooth speakers.
Once you’ve selected a preset, the preset setting screen will show.
You can adjust the brightness of your (selected) lights with the brightness slider. If you like another color tap the manual color switch to choose your favourite color using the slider that appears below the switch. Dynamic saturation will make the lights change smoothly within the chosen color to make it more lively.
Every soundscape consists of several sounds categories, which contains one or multiple sounds. You can adjust the soundscape to your own liking by using the different sliders and controls.
Occurrence controls: if there is an upper slider, you can adjust the occurrence of the sound and light effects.
Volume controls: The bottom sliders are volume sliders. Adjust all different sounds to your own taste. To mute a sounds and cancel the light effects completely, tap the switch.
Single shot: press a pulsating icon of the effect you want to hear directly. If provided, the chosen effect will start immediately.
Scroll down to find ‘mute all sounds’. If you do only want the light effects, use the switch to mute all sounds.
Changed all sliders and want to get back to the original soundscape? Use Reset to default. All sliders will go back to their original (default) state.
Use the play/pause button to start or pause a preset.
Tap the white down arrow in the upper left corner to go back to the main screen.
Whenever you’ve dismissed the preset settings screen and a preset is still playing, the now playing screen will appear just above the tab bar. Press the golden up arrow to go back to the preset settings. Press the play/pause button to pause or resume the preset. Use the Audio Route button to connect your external speaker or headphones.
If you’ve set a sleep timer the title will also show the remaining time before the app will sleep.
In the right upper corner there is an option menu.
Tap the button and the menu shows:
- Find new bridge: this will start the find new bridge flow to find a new or switch to another bridge.
- Enable/disable mix audio with other apps. (Enabling mix audio prevents streaming to HomePod stereo pairs)
- All selected lights on: finished using Hue Xmas Scapes and all lights are dimmed? Quickly put all lights (selected) to the state they were in before starting this app.
- Send feedback: have a problem or feature request? Please use this method of contacting us!
- Enable/disable tips.
The Lights screen shows all your lights registered in your Hue Bridge. Select a room by tapping the switch. Or select single lights by tapping their names. Selected lights can be identified by tapping the name of the lights. The actual light will blink when selected to help identify it. Lights not selected will not be touched by Hue Outdoor. Use the select all/select none buttons as needed.
Tap the clock in the tab bar to enter the timer menu. Choose a time after which you want Hue Outdoor to stop automatically. To cancel the sleep timer, choose “off” in this menu.
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