Hueblog: Natural Light: Long-awaited function will arrive later

Natural Light: Long-awaited function will arrive later

Launch was planned for autumn 2021

After the major update of the Hue app in early summer, which was not immediately well received by all users, the Philips Hue development team provided us with numerous exciting updates in the second half of the year. Especially the dynamic scenes and the gradient function are worth mentioning here.

However, we have been waiting in vain for one function so far: natural light. Actually, this very special scene was announced for autumn 2021, but Philips Hue has not been able to keep to its own schedule. The manufacturer made the following statement to our blog:


“At Philips Hue the end user experience is always the most important goal we focus on. This means that as soon as we see potential for improvement, we do everything we can to optimize the performance and quality of the product – even if this may involve a time delay in individual cases. For example, the Hue scene gallery will be expanded to include additional functions, such as the ‘natural light’ scene. For the sake of an optimal user experience, this function is currently undergoing further testing. For now, we do not have an exact release date planned as this is pending more internal testing and user feedback.”

What was planned for autumn 2021 has apparently been postponed indefinitely. In any case, they do not want to commit to a concrete time frame at the moment. This suggests to me that the “natural light” function will not necessarily be available in the coming weeks, but that we will have to be patient for some time.

Natural light: This is what it is supposed to offer

The “natural light” scene is specially developed and is supposed to last for 24 hours, during which time there are gentle changes in light colours and brightness. Specifically, it’s about mimicking sunlight during the course of the day. You can see how Philips Hue envisions this in the graphic below.

You should be able to adjust the individual time windows based on your individual daily routine. In addition, there will not only be a “natural light” scene, but also other scenes that last 24 hours.

 


In den letzten Jahren habe ich mich zu einem echten Experten in Sachen Hue & HomeKit entwickelt. Mittlerweile habe ich über 50 Lampen und zahlreiche Schalter im Einsatz. In meinem kleinen Blog teile ich meine Erfahrungen gerne mit euch.

Comments 6 replies

  1. Hi,
    Do we know is this scene can be associated with a sensor ? For exemple depending on the time the sensor will be triggered the proper light will be set with no need to have dedicated time frame.

    Personally, I’m using the formula “Time-based light” with my sensor to use them with 5 slots which is perfect. Even if if i’d like the ability to select in-app the possibility to set the number of slot (2-3-4-5) for each sensor.

    1. Natural light will be available for every Philips Hue user including Android and not restructed to HomeKit.
      Other than that the functionality is very similar but it is goot to have it implemented by Philips Hue natively.

    2. Thanks. I’ve personally been trying to move all of my controls towards HomeKit as I find the Philips native interfaces…awkward. But it is always good to make more features available to everyone.

  2. I am still waiting for the promise of pairing multiple bridges through Alexa. I am already at 3 bridges at home and do not want to go through HomeKit, and has been more than a year since they acknowledge demand for this.

    1. This is where I am, as a few holiday sales pushed us over the 50/63 bulb bridge limit … and so I’m now faced with resource management issues and how to integrate multiple bridges with Alexa.

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