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One of iConnectHue’s great features are Animations on your Philips Hue bridge. Animations are dynamic scenes – they change over the course of time.

Contrary to many other apps, they are stored directly on your bridge – allowing you to turn off your device, and thus saving you battery life. They can also be stored on switches, activated from timers and be called via Siri Shortcuts and started from the widget.

 
 

How to access Animations

 

 

 

Choose any room or group, and tap on the icon on the right bottom. It’s a circle with a play button in it.

 


 

 

 

iConnectHue is stocked with many ready-made Animations like “Summer delights” and also seasonal options such as “Spooky Halloween” (only purchasable in October and November).

Furthermore we have added “Sunrise” and “Sunset” Animations, that will not run continuously, but let your lights get turned on or off.

A handful of Animations are for free, while others are in-app purchases.

You may create one Animation free of charge, but the full Animation editor costs a little money.

 


 

 

 

 

To start any Animation, just tap on it. To stop, tap on it again.

As Animations run from the bridge, the lamp status will not be updated immediately.

 



 

How to create a new Animation

 

 

 

 

To create a new Animation, tap on the symbol on the top.

 


 

 

 

 

This will open a pop-up, where you may first name your new Animation.

By tapping on the plus symbol on top, you can add a step with any colour, scene or magic scene you want.

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

As scenes are only valid for a chosen group, it is recommended to use Magic Scenes instead, as they are independent of the actual lamps.

When choosing Magic Scenes, the saturation can be set again, like in the Magic Scene editor.

 

 

Repetitions

 

 

 

 

Please note that Animations need at least 2 steps and are limited to 8 overall.

You may delete a colour or scene by tapping on the edit-pen on the top left.

 


 

 

 

 

Once you have decided on the colours and scenes, more details can be specified.

By tapping on the line from last to first step you can decide if the Animation should stop after a whole run, or start again from the beginning.

The green checkmark stands for loops, while the red “X” shows that it’ll stop after one run.

 


 

 


 

Fade durations

 

 

 

 

“Fade duration per step” defines the time in seconds, in which the lamps fade from one step to the next; from 0 seconds up to 60 minutes.

 


 

Additional options

 

 

 

 

“Wait after step” is the amount of time each colour or scene is displayed before the lamps fade to the next step.

 


 

 

 

 

When “Allow brightness per step” is turned off, you can specifiy the initial brightness.

This also allows you to change the brightness of the lamps while the Animation is running.

 


 

 

 

 

If you turn it on, you can define the brightness in each individual step for colours and Magic Scenes, but not normal scenes – here the scene brightness is chosen.

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

When everything is set, you can test your Animation by tapping on “Start”.

If you don’t like the result yet, just tap “Stop” and change your settings.

 


 

 

 

Once it’s perfect, you can save the new Animation by tapping “Done”.

It will appear on the top of your Animations list.

 

 

Sharing and editing

 

 

 

 

If you would like to change something again in the future (or delete the whole Animation), just tap the edit-pen, and then on the three dots at the Animation.

Here you can choose “Edit” to change something, or of course also add the Animation to a widget, Siri, or share it with another device.

 


 

 

We wish you a lot of fun with iConnectHue’s Animations!

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