Philips Hue partners with Spotify to make its lights a music visualizer

The feature will require the presence of a Hue Bridge

Philips Hue partners with Spotify to make its lights a music visualizer

To make the Hue lights more interesting and to add more colours to your next party, Signify has announced a partnership with Spotify. Signify, which makes the Philips Hue line, is adding automatic syncing to whatever music is played on Spotify. It will not only change colour but will also include flashing of lights according to the beat of the music.

To sync the Hue lights to music, options are provided on Signify’s Hue Sync app. But the problem with this is that there is an additional need for an app or other hardware that will listen to everything you are playing. But by partnering with Spotify this problem has been avoided. It will connect the Hue Bridge directly to Spotify after linking accounts. With the partnership, the company hopes to provide a better experience. It will let the Hue system change its lighting effects based on the data on the music that is played. The data include genre, tempo, volume, etc. The app also allows customization of effects if you are not satisfied with the lighting effects of the system.

To avail this feature, users need to have Hue Bridge. This is not something that every Hue owner will have. There is an exception for newer bulbs. It can be connected with Bluetooth and doesn’t require the dedicated hub. Another thing is that the feature will work only with colour bulbs. But to avail this feature, a paid subscription on Spotify is not needed. It will work well with free accounts too.

Signify has mentioned that the new feature will be available from today. Since the rollout is done slowly, Hue users will have to wait for a week. This is now added as an “early access” feature. It is expected to be added as a permanent feature in the app by October.

Signify has also unveiled several new Hue lights today.