Ambient Light for Philips Hue - this is a real time average colour synchronisation of your selected screen and your Philips Hue light, one of the best philips hue apps out there! Custom build algorithm analyses your screen and sends current colour to one of the selected lamps up to 10 times per second!
Select custom screen region to analyze for each light separately for a truly immersive ambient experience.
You can connect your TV to your Mac via HDMI output and select it in the app for the Ambient Light to analyse it's picture and adapt the colours accordingly!
You can configure the speed of the colour change, speed of the analyse algorithm and maximal brightness for your personal experience.

Warning: due to DRM it is impossible to use this app with Netflix.

Notice: due to Philips Hue Bridge hardware limitations it is possible to use only ONE lamp with such high speed update. With each consequently selected light maximum colour pick speed is going to be 100ms slower.

What’s New

Version 2.7.3

- Bugfixes, stability and performance improvements.
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Ratings and Reviews

2.4 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Wolfy519 ,


When I start Netflix, it dims the lights, and when I enter full screen, they turn off completely. Even if the screen is bright white.

Also the 2 minute trial thing is terrible. At least make it 2 hours, so people can test it with a movie or something.

Developer Response ,

Hi Wolfy519,
We are sorry that you can’t enjoy our app with Netflix, however we have stressed this in our app description on the AppStore that we can’t see what it is on on Netflix due to DRM issues - all the app sees is a black screen. In this way the system protects digital rights of the Netflix and film distributors. It is all in our app description. Your Ambient Light Team.

D. Cross ,

Happy with the app,one huge problem (solved)

I think the app is incredibly cool, something I always wanted. I suggest everybody just hook a mac min directly to your living room tv, Now for the problem. I paid for one month of access no more than a week ago, but the app is prompting for payment again and I can’t use it. As an un-usable app, I have to give it one star. Too bad because I would have more than likely bought the lifetime access after, but this gives me pause.

Upgrading my review due to great customer support, and the fact that the app is working again. I rebooted a few times and that seems to have resolved it.

Why not 5 stars? If the trial period was a month and then 10 bucks for lifetime, I could give it 5. Calling it free and then letting it run for two minutes before payment demand pop up is disingenuous.

ZachLombardi27 ,

Won’t Work Anymore, Up until then it was alright,

I’ve restarted the app, my Mac, the Hub and anything that can be unplugged from a power source, and the app will not stop “Connecting”. Up until then, as I said in the title, it was alriight. Not much customization unless there’s something I’m missing, but I guess really the sole purpose is movie syncing. Maybe customization doesn’t happen with movie syncing, idk, i’m new to the Hue. But either way, it’s sole purpose it pulled off okay i guess. Not much to compare it too, except a yuotube video of this dude using Windows 10 on his Mac, and streaming it on the One, and the color changing was tremendous. this app…. 5 outta 10. Way too expensive, that’s for sure, and for now, not working whatsoever.

Developer Response ,

Hi ZachLombardi27,
thank you for your review and we are sorry to hear that the app doesn't work for you. Usually, in case there are problems connecting to your Hue Bridge, you could try navigating to the menu Bridge -> Switch Bridge. That should start pairing process once again and usually solves any issues with connectivity with a Hue Bridge that sometimes might occur due to some firmware glitches in the Hue Bridge.
Your Ambient Light Team


6.2 MB

macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor



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