4 ways to use smart lighting to have the most haunted house on the block
You’ve carved pumpkins, strung cobwebs, and dangled bats. But if you want the ultimate Halloween décor, always remember the spooky lighting. With clever use of Philips Hue smart lighting, you can transform your home into a haunted house, a darkened dungeon, or a ghoulish graveyard.
Here are four ways you can use Philips Hue to get into the Halloween spirit.
Tip 1: Take a cue from horror films to create a ghastly good time.
Use Philips Hue lights in strategic ways to create a frightening atmosphere throughout your home. The beauty of the Philips Hue Go is it allows you to place your light anywhere, like inside a Jack-o’-Lantern on your front porch or cast eerie shadows throughout a party space.
Step 1: Carve a pumpkin with at least six inches of diameter around the inside. Place the portable Philips Hue Go inside your carved pumpkin. Surprise visitors by choosing a different color than the typical orange glow of a candle flame: how about a frightful red or a ghoulish green?
Step 2: To create an eerie glow rising from below, replace the light bulbs in your fixtures with Philips Hue color smart bulbs and place the Hue Lightstrip Plus under your cabinets or island/bar counter. Now, summon your Halloween spirit using different colors such as orange, red, purple, and dark blue. Also, play with movie-making techniques like shadows, uplighting, and silhouettes to conjure the scary and unknown.
Tip 2: Enter At Your Own Risk
Trick-or-treaters, beware! Use the new Hue suite of outdoor smart lighting products, including spot lights and pathway lights, to transform the entrance of your home into someplace haunted — and create that feeling of creeping unease.
Step 1: Use the Hue app to set your outdoor lighting to a color such as blood-red or fluorescent purple to create that heebie-jeebie feeling.
Step 2: Put a Philips Hue Go inside of a sheet and hang from your front porch. Because the Hue Go does not need to be plugged in, you can put it anywhere! The Hue Go is not outdoor approved or water resistant so only use on Halloween night in fair weather conditions.
Tip 3: Hue the Ghosts
What spirits lurk about your house? The origin of Halloween, after all, is a remembrance of the departed. Use your Hue lights to suggest the presence of phantoms creeping around the house; “cooler” colors — like a bluish-white hue — work best to summon that ghoulish effect.
Step 1: Darken the room that faces the outside of your house and is visible through the front windows.
Step 2: Place your Hue lights at different heights or use the Hue Signe floor lamp, available for preorder now and shipping by mid-October, at varying locations around the room, such as on the floor or tabletops. You can also use Hue Go to direct light upwards toward the ceiling.
Step 3: Use a third-party app, such as Hue Disco, to set a random strobe cycle. A slow burst of light from a single source at a time, followed by a few seconds of darkness, will create that ghastly illusion.
Tip 4: Use Hue Labs and the Hue Haunted House App to Make Your Halloween Even Spookier
Need some additional help getting into the spirit? We’ve got you covered. Download the Halloween Living Scenes Formula from Hue Labs. After installing your Hue app, go to the Explore tab and select Hub Labs to install the Halloween Living Scenes for free. This will allow your light to create a haunting effect, transitioning through different colors and dynamic brightness levels.
Use one of our compatible third-party apps, such as Hue Haunted House, that is a sound and light effects board that creates Halloween sound effects in sync with your Hue smart lights. Darken your room, connect the audio to your speakers and get ready for a good scare.
Let us know what creativity you conjure and Happy Halloween to all!