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Hoe to use adaptive lighting with your Apple HomeKit system

Hoe to use adaptive lighting with your Apple HomeKit system

Hoe to use adaptive lighting with your Apple HomeKit system

Towards the end of 2020, Apple added a new feature to its Home application called adaptive lighting, where compatible smart lights are automatically adjusted throughout the day.

With the feature turned on, the smart lights will start the day with softer, yellower shades before moving on to a brighter, sharper, and lighter blue hue to increase alertness and concentration during the day, before returning to soft yellow and orange. in the evening.

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Other smart lighting systems offer similar features, but what’s nice here is how Apple’s adaptive lighting works with a decent range of smart bulbs from a variety of manufacturers.

If you haven’t opened the Home app on your iPhone in a while (which, we confess, we didn’t have until this week), the home page will include a message inviting you to set up adaptive lighting.

If you do not see this prompt, navigate to the lights you want to set for adaptive lighting. You can do this by tapping the Home icon in the upper left corner of the iPhone app, then tapping the camera you want to edit.

Now you will see all the smart lights connected to the HomeKit in that room. Then tap and hold one of the lights to open the light color menu, then tap the adaptive lighting icon, which is at the top left of the six options and has a sun icon in the center.

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Then tap the X icon in the upper right corner and tap and hold the next light you want to change to adaptive lighting. It’s just as simple and, once activated, the lights will automatically adjust their brightness, color and temperature throughout the day, keeping them in sync with local sunrise and sunset times throughout the year.

Adaptive lighting can also be integrated with a Home Automation system. This means that you can set certain lights to switch to adaptive lighting when you get home, for example, or at a certain time of day. This way, you can make the lights do something regardless of the time of day and year, and then switch to adaptive date-specific lighting later in the day by triggering automation.

If adaptive lighting does not work for you, your smart lighting system may need a software update. To do this, open the app for your lighting system (such as Hue or Eve) and check for a software update available.