create your own color combinations on your own or using photos
Today we are going to explain how to create your own Philips Hue scenes. Scenes are different configurations with which you can create various types of environments by changing the color and intensity of the lights that are part of a room. If your room only has one Philips Hue bulb, you can simply change its color, but if you have several of them configured you can give each one a different color and intensity.
Although everything is part of the same configuration, we are going to divide this article into three parts to make it easier to read. Let’s start with creating a basic scene, the first step you always have to take. And then we will go on to tell you how to combine the various bulbs in your room when you are setting up scenes and how to use photos to change the color tones automatically.
You will always have to take the first of these three steps when creating a scene, and then you can choose whether to stay with the basic one that we explained in the first point or to further edit your scenes using one of the following two points. To follow this tutorial, you will always have to have done the basic configuration of the bulbs before starting.
How to create a basic scene
To create a new scene, open your Hue app and go to the Home category (one). It is the one you usually go to by default when you open the app, but you can make sure by clicking its icon in the lower options bar. Once inside, click on the New scene button (2) that you have in the upper left corner of the screen.
You will go to a screen where you will be shown all the rooms that you have created in your house. The rooms are the groups of lights in the same room, such as those in your living room. On this screen, click on the room for which you are going to create a scene.
When you do, you will go directly to the scene creation screen. In it, in the center you will see a colored circle with icons for each light bulb in the room, with which you can give each one a color. But the first thing you have to do is tap where it says Tap to write the name.
A window will open in which you have to write the name that you are going to give to the scene and press the Save button. When you finish editing it, that will be the name by which you can find it in the list of scenes.
Once the name is set, below the scene title you can move a bar to change the intensity of the light (one). Below you have, as we have said, an icon for each light bulb. and if you click on them you can change the color and intensity of the light of each of them (2) separately.
At the bottom of the screen you have an icon that takes you to a totally different color palette, with more luminous and appropriate tones to be considered “normal” in a light bulb, with whiter lights or that tend to yellow or blue. When you finish editing your scene, click on the accept button that you have at the top right.
Combine light bulbs in a scene
As you have seen above, the bulbs in your room will appear separately, and if you click on them you can configure them individually dragging it to the color you want to give it and adjusting its intensity. However, you can also combine them so that two or all of the ones you have in a room have the same color and brightness.
If you drag the icon of a light bulb over another, when you put it right on top of the other you will notice that your mobile vibrates and emits a small sound. When you do, it is the signal that you can fuse both bulbs, and you will only have to let go of the one you were moving.
When you drop the icon of one light bulb on top of the other, both will be merged into an icon that tells you how many bulbs are grouped. With this group, any changes in color and brightness that you have will be applied to the bulbs inside. You can even group all the bulbs together if you want them to behave in the same way.
If you do a single tap or two taps on top of the icon of several grouped bulbs, a circle will open in which you can see all those that are part of this group. With this open circle, you will be able to move bulbs outside so that they come out of the group and you can reconfigure them independently.
Use the colors of a photograph
Finally, the Hue application also allows you to create scenes by putting the colors in a photograph in your bulbs. To do this, when you are on the screen to create a new scene click on the camera icon that you have at the bottom of the screen.
When you do, you will go to a screen where you will see a large number of images of all kinds available. Each image has different shades, so you only have to choose which one you want to use and click on the image you want use to compose the new scene from it.
When you have chosen a photograph, you will have the possibility to cut it in order to make the app pay more attention to the colors of a certain area. Adjust the grid that you have in the photo until you capture what you want to stay and click on the accept icon that you have at the top right. Below you have two other buttons to change the photo for another or remove it and exit the process.
Once you have chosen the photo, you will return to the color selection screen for the bulbs, only with a new color palette based on the ones in the photo that you have selected. Once in it, you can now use the icons of the light bulbs in your room to give each one the color you want.
Another alternative is to use your own photos. To do this, when you are in the menu where you must choose a photograph from which to create your scene, click on the Photo Gallery option that you have in the upper right corner of the screen.
When you do, you will enter a browser from which you will be able to browse the photo galleries that you have on your mobile. Use it to find a photo you want to use, and when you have it, simply click on it to select it.
When you select one of your photos, you will see the grid with which you can crop it as if it were one of the photos you have used before. Once you have marked which area of the photo you want to use, which can be all, click on the accept button you have in the upper right corner to proceed.
When choosing the photograph you have wanted from your gallery, you will return to the color selection screen for the bulbs, only that with a new color palette based on the ones in the photo that you have selected. Once in it, you can use the icons of the light bulbs in your room to give each one the color you want. When finished, click on the accept button that you have at the top right.
And that’s it. Every time you finish creating a new scene, it will be added to the list of the room where you created it. When you have created it from a photo, this will be the one you see in the menu next to the name you have given it so that you will be able to identify it immediately.