Brilliance brings the outside world into your home through Philips Hue lights. Set your location, choose what kind of lighting you want: sunlight, weather-based, urban lighting, northern lights, and more, set a schedule to turn the lights on and off, then sit back and enjoy your lights without having to fiddle with an app or dimmers.
* Keep Hue lights in sync with any place in the real world
* Realistic lighting model that mirrors the outside world
* Plays well with other apps and controllers
NOTE: This app requires a Philips Hue bridge on the same local network as the computer running this app.
Fixes compatibility with some Hue bridge models and improves the process of switching to a new bridge.
Ratings and Reviews
No explanation or instructions...
I’m willing and able to poke around in an app in order to figure out various features, but these were quite self-explanatory. The lack of any sort of help, tooltips, or directions made it a bit confusing to use. How does the weather effect the lights? What about active times? I know when I switch over to Bootcamp Windows that f.lux is able to control Hue to change temperature throughout the day with the sun, but with no functionality for the OS X app yet, I thought this might be a good alternative. While the UI looks clean, the lack of information isn’t quite as beneficial as they may hope with the minimalist style.
I assume the active hours allow me to set a wake up time, much like f.lux which can convert it to normal “Daylight” temperature, but if I want it to control the temperature all day long, do I set the active times for 23 hours 59 minutes? Seems like choosing the location should just take control of the temperature for the full 24 hours much like f.lux, instead of picking specific times. Maybe it’s simple and makes more sense this way, but I couldn’t find it.
Reached out to the dev for more info into the active times. He did mention that the screenshot was a mistake and “Nearby Lights” and “Cosmos” are coming in an upcoming release.
Right idea, but this is unfinished
Sounds cool, but I got it and it needs more work before I could recommend it. Options are very limited, and as far as I can tell, the only interface is the single menu from the menu bar in the screen shot. It has a strong tendency to go unresponsive, but leave its menu up, blocking half the screen. Getting rid of the menu is impossible while it is in this state (it reappears immediately when closed), so you'll have to kill it by finding it in Activity Monitor (it isn't in the Force Quit list). Harder to do than it sounds given that you'll have to do this while a menu blocks half the screen. I rebooted a couple of times, which was irritating in itself, but encountered the same issue each time in short order. It wasn't properly tested, and was not ready for production. Three stars because it is headed in the right direction, two for functionality, and one for execution. Great idea, but hold off until the next release.
Not Stable Enough
I really really wanted to like this app. The problem that I keep running into is that while it does actually work, it does automatically connect to your lights when the app opens, and it does actually control the lights, that’s where the good news ends. You’re, or rather I, was unable to do anything past that. Trying to access the preference’s panel, the little gear in the upper left corner, I was hoping to control which lights would be on or off, and their intensity. The problem is that every time I click on that icon the entire program crashes and shuts down. I’ve tried multiple times, with a computer restart and without - every time I get the same result. If they could fix that this app would be great. Till then, only giving it 2 stars for very basic functionality.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.