How to use adaptive lighting with HomeKit compatible lights

Cupertino, November 9, 2020

How to use adaptive lighting with HomeKit compatible lights. iPhone 11 with adaptive lighting displayed inside an Eve Light Strip.Source: Christopher Close / iMore

Adaptive lighting for HomeKit is here! Introduced for the first time with iOS 14, the latest HomeKit feature automatically adjusts the color temperature of HomeKit-compatible light bulbs, light strips, lighting panels and lamps throughout the day. With Adaptive Lighting, your lights will display finer, yellowish tones in the morning, which lighten your day. During the afternoon, your lights will switch to cooler temperatures, which will help you energize and stay focused. Your lights will return to softer shades to calm the mind and promote evening rest to end the day. Although it seems complicated, it is easy to configure through the Home application. Here's how to use Adaptive Lighting with HomeKit compatible lights.

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How to use adaptive lighting with HomeKit compatible lights

  1. Launch The home application.
  2. Press House icon (on the iPad, go to the next step).
  3. Touch the file name The room that your light is inside.

    How to use adaptive lighting with HomeKit compatible lights in the iPhone Home app, showing the steps: Launch the Home app, tap the House icon, tap the name of the room where your light is located.

    Source: iMore

  4. Touch and hold Light.
  5. Click on Adaptive lighting icon in the color selection area.
    • This option is only available for HomeKit lighting that has a firmware update to support the feature. If Adaptive Lighting isn't available, check the app for your accessory to see if an update is available.
  6. Click on X to save the selection.

    How to use adaptive lighting with HomeKit compatible lights in the iPhone Home app, showing the steps: Tap and hold your Light, tap the Adaptive Lighting icon, tap the X button to save

    Source: iMore

That's all you need! With Adaptive Lighting, HomeKit lights will automatically adjust the color temperature throughout the day, without having to lift your finger or shout at Siri.

To return to custom colors or temperature, repeat the steps and select another option from the control screen for your light. You can also create automations to switch between Adaptive Lighting and specific colors, if you have a favorite that you use during daily routine.

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