Skylight Forecast 4+

Sunset & Golden Hour Companion

Lux Optics Incorporated

    • 4.2 • 184 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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*Skylight is a service that requires a paid subscription to show you forecasts*

Do you ever wish you could know when those magical, gorgeous sunsets happen?

Skylight is the new app from the Apple Design Award winning team of friends behind Halide Camera and Spectre that magically predicts what the quality of light in your evening will be.

Skylight not only tells you when important events like golden hour and sunset happen, but does something magical: with the help of lots of weather and environmental data, machine learning and a pinch of magic, the app gives you a brief forecast. Is it going to be a clear, great golden hour and spectacular sunset, with a scarlet lingering afterglow, or a dim and cloudy glow on the horizon? Checking the app or widget will help you get out the door when you are chasing the light.


The Skylight prediction model uses many atmospheric factors near your location to make a prediction about golden hour, sunset and afterglow. Golden hour is the period of time directly before sunset, when the light is at its most beautiful. The sunset period, when the sun starts touching the horizon, is a stunning daily moment when colors can be at their most dramatic. Finally, the afterglow of a sunset is the period of time when the sun’s light can still color the sky and clouds in beautiful, vibrant colors.

Weather forecasts only tell you if you are likely to see clouds, or low visibility. With a quick, scannable forecast and extra information about conditions, Skylight takes out the guesswork when it comes to the most beautiful light of the day. Whether you are trying to plan a photoshoot or simply love beautiful sunsets, Skylight can be a fantastic utility to check every afternoon.


Skylight is made by Lux, a group of three friends with a passion for making gorgeous, innovative apps. We previously brought you Halide Camera, the Apple Design Award winning camera app for iPhone and iPad, and Spectre, the iPhone App of the Year of 2019.

Skylight builds on our tradition of making thoughtfully crafted, beautiful products. The app’s colors and iconography changes with the quality of light, and every feature and screen was designed with care.


Use the beauitful, quick app as it is or place one of Skylight’s widgets on your home screen to stay informed about the light near you.


We truly love making apps — it’s truly our dream to create something like Skylight, and we hope you love it. If you like the app and the work we put into it, we’d love to hear from you with a review or rating, or a message! Thanks for your support — we couldn’t do this without you.


Skylight is available on iOS 15 and above, for iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and newer devices.


Skylight needs Location Services to create forecasts for your local light. Skylight uses background location services by default for constantly updating forecasts and to update your local forecast requiring you to repeatedly open the app. Just a note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What’s New

Version 1.0.9

This update helps out northern friends. This time of year, areas such as Norway won't see a post-sunset "Afterglow," and this bug fix ensures the Skylight interface handles things properly.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

Rbrto.fl ,

Almost Perfect

This is a few updates away from being perfect and knowing the team behind it. It will get there. This is exactly what I need as a photographer to identify the conditions coming up in the day. It’s been more and more accurate now that it’s left beta.

Would add a few features such as, a look at the projected conditions for the next day or even the week if possible. Widget sometimes acts up on me but I’ll give that some time this app is fresh out the box! And some custom features like the app icon, and customizable widgets/notifications.

Developer Response ,

All coming in our next update - thanks for your feedback!

Dweezle3 ,

Skylight is a diamond in a sea of glass

I was lucky enough to get to beta test this app in development and wow, it's absolutely beautifully designed! It does its job well and is a joy to use in the process.

I’ve tried similar apps and always felt like user experience was an afterthought - I might as well have been opening a spreadsheet of precalculated sunset times. With Skylight though, it's clear that team at Lux put care and consideration into creating something that not only works well, but that people want to use!

5 stars all around, what a great experience!

Kidcuisine ,

UI is absolute eye candy! 🍬

Love the concept and the execution. Intuitive interactions almost feel expected from this studio, and I couldn’t be happier.

The only 2 things I have a “problem” with so far are the fact that no matter how long I keep the app open for, or restart my device, it continuously tells me it’s ‘STARTING UP’. Which… is a little odd. Also, today hasn’t finished yet, and it’s only giving me tomorrows’s forecast, and not the current.

Also, the app icon isn’t the best. I mean, I wish it just matched that of the UI a little more. Like Halide’s.

I know it’s early access, but I heard you guys like feedback, so that’s mine. I’m sure when it’s all polished up, it’ll be great.

Happy Golden Hour! 🌅

App Privacy

The developer, Lux Optics Incorporated, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location

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