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

2.5 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings
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

EnEricque ,

Make an Apple TV app

The app works great once you figure it out. But you are limited most to playing video on your computer. If you try usle the airplay feature to play video on a tv and have use the light effect, you are limited. Itunes video will always try to play on the TV, independe from your computer, so there will be no visual effects. And netflix won’t allow airplay either. You can only use airplay and use the lighting effects when using another media player outside of iTunes or streaming from certain websites, like you tube.

This app would be be more useful as apple tv app, to allow for all video played through the apple tv could have the light effects.

Developer Response ,

Hi EnEricque, thanks for leaving your feedback! We wanted to make an AppleTV app, however unfortunately all AppleTV apps are sandboxed, which means that we won't be able to see anything on your TV outside the screens of our app (iPhone app work in the same way, that is why there are no screen recording 3rd party apps for iPhone/iPad). It would truly be a great AppleTV app if not the sandbox. We hope, however, that you will still enjoy our app. Your Ambient Light Team.


6.2 MB

macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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