Smart light bulbs

Supported lightbulbs

  • Philips HUE
  • Philips HUE Lux

You can also control other smartlights (such as LIFX or Wemo) via IFTTT or Tasker.

How to set up

Enable Settings > Smartlight > Use smartlight.

Features

  • Sunrise-like wake up – you can use light-only alarm which starts at minimum brightness red and slowly moves to maximum yellow light if gentle alarm feature is used
    • To set it up, turn on Use smartlight and set up either (mutually exclusive):
      • gentle volume increase in either Alarm settings > Gentle volume increase or in Settings > Alarm default settings > Gentle volume increase. To adjust the speed at which the light brightens, adjust the gentle volume increase time.
      • alarm sound start in either Alarm settings > Alarm sound start or in Settings > Alarm default settings > Alarm sound start. The light will rise in intensity so it will be at maximum when the sound starts.
    • When you snooze, the light will turn off until the snooze runs off.
    • Dismissing alarm will turn the light intensity to the maximum at once.
    • To have the alarm silent, go to the alarm in question and then to Ringtone > Silent.
  • Night-light or pee-light – when you pause sleep tracking, a minimal red light allows you to navigate around
    • Turn it on in Settings > Smartlight > Pee-light.
  • Light-powered lucid dreaming cue
    • Turn it on in Settings > Smartlight > Lucid dreaming. To use light lucid dreaming, you need to have lucid dreaming enabled in Settings > Lucid dreaming.

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117 thoughts on “Smart light bulbs

          1. For those who are interested in better smart lighting integrations check out this flow for an app called NodeRED which comes bundled with a Raspberry Pi-http://flows.nodered.org/flow/ff0091dffe5b121e0663. It sets up a sunrise alarm for a LimitlessLED system which can be triggered from SAA via Tasker. Also, check out this tutorial I wrote on hackster.io outlining one option for a “near” universal smart lighting solution- https://www.hackster.io/humblehacker/smart-lighting-for-the-rest-of-us-3e10a9?ref=user&ref_id=3916&offset=3

          2. We are considering IFTTT, the barrier was always IFTTT architecture which requires a back-end server with means monthly usage costs. This is always problematic for an app which is financed by a one time life time license. But we see a possibility to integrate IFTTT through the Makers channel now..

        1. Also hoping for lifx support soon as this seems like a better and less expensive system. I’m loving SleepAsAndroid and want to use sunrise alarm but don’t want to invest in Hue as the reviews are so bad compared to Lifx.

          1. Hello Zane, you can already control Lifx lights with Sleep via Tasker. We are looking into integrating IFTTT at present, with which it would also be possible to control Lifx.

    1. This is not yet there, you can bring this up at urbandroid.uservoice.com.. but if you dismiss the alarm the lights will stay on to get you out of bed. This could cover the use-case well, you can also limit number of times you are eligible to snoose..

      1. As far as I’m aware, most smart lighting applications require additional hardware hubs of some form or another. The fact that Phillips Hue charges over $100 for their hub alone is one of the main reasons why your getting so many repeated requests for supporting more realistic alternatives.

        1. Many thanks for your comment. We trying to integrate as many devices as we can, but also as many as we will realistically be able to maintain support for. That’s why we have decided to integrate Tasker and IFTTT, both of which do integrate with a lot of hardware, or can be modified to do so. E.g. Milight (Limitless LED) can be currently controlled via both of these services, although not in a plug-and-play fashion.
          But still I believe that it’s a better solution than having a direct support for a while which would be prone to crashing at any moment the given manufacturer decides to alter their API….

    1. Hi Pedro, I have briefly checked info about Misfit Bolt and the Misfit Home app and could not find any means to connect it via an API. Are you aware of any API? Could you please help us with finding out? Thank you very much.

    1. Hi, please add this suggestion to urbandroid.uservoice.com
      As of now we integrate many smartlights through Tasker, but unfortunately I’m not aware of any Tasker plugin for Mipow candle.

  1. Would love to have the “pee light” work automatic with “wake detection”.

    If the app recognize when I’m awake it automatically turns on the hue light. So I don’t need to press the pause button but when I’m back in bed I need to press a button what’s says ” go back to sleep ” or something like that..

    Maybe in combination with wear for better accurately, like high heart rate, a lot noise or movement..

    Yeah that would be awesome! 🙂

  2. How do i use the light only alarm to use my HUE as a wakeup-light? Now my alarm sounds and when i turn it of the light comes on. I want a gradual increase in light from a set point until the alarm.

  3. What I think the question was, and what I want to know is if you support Hue integration, where are the controls for the Hue light? Specifically with regards to the feature you tout above? “Sunrise-like wake up”. How do I control the length of fade (avail in Hue app to simulate sunrise, so based on your description of Hue support it is expected in your app). The sunrise feature you say you support needs to start a fade over a specified time period, then after that time period ends (lights at full brightness) then an audible Alarm (or CAPCHA,etc) could sound (optionally) to ensure getting up.

    1. Hey, I was just talking about this with another guy…you have to use a workaround currently where you first snooze (this will turn off the light) and then dismiss the alarm from notification bar. HUE will stay off.

  4. Hi, this may be a silly question…I was wondering what kind of lamp is used in the video, that large round ball. Where can one be bought and what is it called? I searched Hue by Philips but only got the actual bulbs. I really liked that lamp. Any help would be awesome! Love all your apps, long time fan! Thanks for everything!

  5. So after researching the Philips hue bulbs a bit I’ve come across the information that a bridge isn’t actually needed to connect to them (saving a juicy $60). However, as far as I can tell you don’t currently support single bulbs. Do you have any intention of adding single-bulb functionality, without the need for a bridge?

  6. I bought the app to use it in combination with my Philips Hue so that the simulated sunrise helps me to wake up easier.
    I’ve set the gentle volume increase to 24 minutes and get the nice and slow sunrise fade in that I want. Then I set the Alarm sound start and Vibration to 18 minutes, because I want the alarm sound to play towards the end of the sunrise because I don’t wake up from the light alone.

    However, the light fades in over the 24 minutes, but the alarm and vibration stayed silent. What am I doing wrong and how can I achieve the desired setting (sunrise over 24min and alarm sound afterwards).

    I have a Nexus 4 running Android L. Thanks in advance.

  7. I’m surprised I don’t see any mention of Samsung SmartThings. It seems to have the broadest compatibility, most reliability and responsiveness of the current generation of hubs.

    1. Hello Dan, thank you very much for the suggestion, could you please add it to urbandroid.uservoice.com? We gather suggestions there and select new features based on feasability and popularity…
      Samsung SmartThings would be a nice thing to have, but also it could be integrated right away on your end using Tasker and SharpTools.

  8. Heya,
    as Philliph Hue Bridge v2 does not supprt (popular) OSRAM Lightify bulbs anymore, would you consider adding support for the Lightify Gateway?
    Regards
    M.K.

          1. Hello — we haven’t been able to integrate it yet. Once we get hold of some yeelight bulb, we’ll look into it, but currently we are working on perfecting actigraphy, snoring detection, Samsung Gear integration and Garmin integration…and routine maintenance as well…

  9. I’ve successfully intigrated a switchable socket from AVM (Fritz!Dect 200) connected to a FritzBox 7490 via Dect.
    Needed: BoxToGo Pro (only pro supports Home Automation functionality)
    Tasker
    Tasker Plugin AutoShortcut.
    Process: 1. Set up Box to go with your account settings, and try if switching your Dect!200 works there.
    2. Create a Task in Tasker: Plugin -> AutoShortcut. Then press the pen symbol,
    and choose BoxToGo Shortcut. As action choose Smart Home,
    the actor you want to switch and kind of switching.

    3. Pick “event” -> Plugin “Sleep as Android” and select the trigger.

    4. Place the light near your bed and go to sleep 😉

    Hope this will help someone 😉
    Cheers

    1. The bulb simulates sunrise or it starts at low red and gradually gets to bright yellow.. the transition time can be adjusted either you have “alarm sound start” set to zero and than it based on your gradual volume increase time, otherwise the transition is based on “alarm sound start” time..

    1. Hi Valentin, sorry for the late reply. We haven’t moved in this matter, since we had been knee deep in Garmin and other integrations, also perfecting sonar and snoring detection.
      We are currently considering buying and integrating yeelight.

  10. Time to support TicWatch 2 Global! i how to see it soon as it is and is going to be a hot product with ours amazing specs and great price point blowing away the competition.

    Having your App among the first in the last would be fantastic. The first generation of owners are hungry for apps, yours is delicious, please feed is soon!

  11. Hi, I’m on the latest beta build and since some weeks, the full light is a cold white while it was a warmer yellowish color in the past.
    Can you make the Cold or Warm white a switch in the Smartbulb menu section ?

    1. Many thanks for the feedback. Based on consultations with Philips we implemented the sunrise feature like a move from the lowest color temperature CTI to highest. The blue-white color at the finish should stimulate the body for a fresh start to help to avoid melatonin which makes us sleepy in the morning and to encourage our circadian rhythm.

      Can you explain why you prefer the yellow tone at the end of the wake up cycle? We will definitely hear your suggestions here..

  12. New user here – love the Hue integration but there’s one thing I haven’t been able to figure out – the instant I do any interaction with the app the assigned light immediately turns off. We have other applications controlling the house lights based on various conditions and would like to have Sleep only affect it during the wakeup phase. Am I missing an option somewhere?
    Thanks

  13. Any chance of options for what happens on alarm? Turning off the alarm sets the bulb to max which is extremely bright and jarring. I’d love to either be able to adjust the brightness or just have it not react to the alarm at all. Love how we it turns off when I turn on the alarm though.

  14. I have a 3rd gen color Hue bulb. When the alarm begins and the light starts to turn on, it is pretty abrupt. It doesn’t fade on initially– it looks like it goes from 0 to 30% brightness instantly. The ‘Fade In’ feature from the Hue app doesn’t do this and is much more gentle. Would it be possible to have the initial light turn on more slowly?

    Also- is a white bulb preferred over multi-color? It doesn’t seem that you use the actual red color.

    1. Hello Ben, the idea of snooze istogive you as much quality sleep as we can for the limited time, so this is why we turn off the light to allow you to sleep. If you don’t want to slee anymore and rather get up, you use dismiss where the light turn on at max intensity..

  15. Any chance of options for what happens on alarm? Turning off the alarm sets the bulb to max which is extremely bright and jarring. I’d love to either be able to adjust the brightness or just have it not react to the alarm at all. Love how we it turns off when I turn on the alarm though.

  16. Love the Hue integration, but I’ve found one problem.

    Pausing the sleep tracking triggers the Pee light, but the lights turns off after 30 seconds or so, I would like for it to stay active until I resume or stop the sleep tracking.

    1. Hello Renato, this is by design since we assume you wouldn’t need more than 30 seconds to get out of bed and then it would be better to turn off the light so as not to disturb your partner potentially. Is your use case different?

    1. Hi Royi! For that, please disable snoozing in Settings > Snooze.
      We understand snooze to be an intent that you’d like to sleep in a little more. If you believe that you should not do this, please either disable or limit snoozing and set up a captcha to force you out of bed.

  17. Hi,
    thank you very much for this implementation. It is not clear to me which philips bulbs you use. There are basically three bulbs: white, ambiance and color. What happens if you use the simple (also cheapest) white bulb?

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