Monday, December 10, 2018

Hue Disco Christmas Lights

It’s Christmas Time
In Hollis-Queens
Mom’s cooking chicken
And collard greens
- Run DMC

I’ve always loved cozy spaces and holidays. Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons, plenty of time cuddle up with loved ones and binge-watch Stranger Things. Having a Hue lighting system, you can count on always setting the perfect mood. I love to decorate with lights for the holidays, but I have almost hit my limit with electrical outlets. If I add anymore electrical components, I’m afraid I’ll blow a fuse. So, I’ve been looking for some good Christmas apps.

Ambee, Lighter, OnSwitch and iConnectHue all have Christmas animations (among others). But I was looking for something more specific, something that will snap the lights to various colors, like a string of twinkling Christmas lights. I found exactly what I was looking for in an unlikely app:  Hue Disco. I plan to do a proper evaluation of Hue Disco in a later review. For now, I want to focus on the Christmas light effect.

Hue Disco is designed create a light show by reacting to music; to recreate a disco effect with colors and strobes. But it has other great functions. In particular, I’m talking about Moods, a feature that is essentially a selection of preset animations that are separate from the main disco feature.
There is a Christmas Lights animation that will vary the colors, snapping as it changes, but it has a weird performance, and there is no way to change any part of it. However, I found another animation that seemed to fit perfectly:  The 80s Disco animation. It will cycle through a variety of brilliant colors, and you can control almost every aspect:

  • Brightness
  • Saturation
  • Diversity or Prevalanee of Color
  • Cycle Time
  • Transition Type

I was trying to find an animation that would snap between colors like a string of Christmas lights. I found it in an unlikely place. I wanted to create the feel of Christmas from my childhood with the strings of twinkling lights. I definitely recommend checking it out. Lighting truly does set the mood.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!