Hue Candles creates a flickering candle effect for your Philips Hue lights.

Adjust the speed and variation of the flickering effect to your liking using the simple and minimal controls.

New for 2017 - Change the color of the candle and also the effect continues running while the app is in the background.

Note from the developer:

Please ignore the old bad reviews prior to version 6. Philips updated their bridges and broke the app so for a while it wouldn't connect to the bridges until I updated the app with the new Hue SDK. I've also added features people have requested (color, background operation) to make the app even better.

Apple does not allow apps that run infinitely in the background so this will only run a few minutes before being stopped. This lets you use your phone for short tasks but you must return to the app to continue the effect.

If you like this app also try Hue Camera Ambient Lighting and Hue Dance.

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What's New

Version 8.0

-Defaults to on, and added About button
-Remembers color chosen
-Prevents auto lock

Ratings and Reviews

Much better than before!


You would think that an app that you paid $1.99 would run in the background and continue the effect of your lights when your iPhone screen went dark. Very disappointing. UPDATE! I have an iPhone 6 Plus and the screen now stays lit up to keep the App active as long as you keep the app in the main window. Screen will not go to sleep until you turn the app off and I've noticed that my iPhone heats up a little bit, but not to any extreme to worry about it. Suggestion: keep your iPhone plugged in and well ventilated and everything should be fine. I'm happy that I can run the app for more than just a few minutes now. The app does a fine job with the candle effect! 👍

Developer Response

Apple does not allow infinite background tasks. The app runs in the background for as long as the OS allows (usually a few minutes) before it will kill it.



I couldn't find a way to adjust the brightness.

Developer Response

There is a slider on the color selector menu that lets you pick a darker shade.

Don't bother until it is updated


This app only has one color setting, which is a nauseating greenish yellow, you also can't control the average brightness and the lights are set too bright.

The actually flicker effect is nice, and you have some control over that, which is nice.

This app definitely has potential, but until you can control color and average brightness I would not recommend it.

Developer Response

I've added options to change the color and brightness. Thanks for the suggestions.


Chris Egerter
3.7 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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