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Add mood lighting to your home by setting a color for your HomeKit lights

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iPhone 11 with Home app color selection screen on display underneath a light stripSource: Christopher Close / iMore

If you have color lights in your home and are only using them for remote controls, you are truly missing out if you don’t know how to set a color for HomeKit lights. With just a few taps, you can liven up your living room for your next dinner party or enjoy a simulated sunset to wind down in the evening. Whether you have one of the best HomeKit light bulbs, light panels, or light strips, it is easy to set the perfect mood for any situation through the Home app. Here’s how to set a color for HomeKit lights!

How to set a preset color for HomeKit lights

The Home app on iPhone and iPad provides some of the more commonly-used color options like blue and red in a group of presets by default to make color adjustments quick and easy. All it takes to set one of these presets is a tap after accessing your light’s controls.

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  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon (on iPad, skip to the next step).
  3. Tap the name of the Room that your light is in.

    How to set a preset color for HomeKit lights in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap on the House icon, Tap the name of the Room that your light is inSource: iMore

  4. Tap and hold on your Light.
  5. Tap a Preset color in the color selection area.
  6. Tap the X to save your selection.

    How to set a preset color for HomeKit lights in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Tap and hold on your Light, Tap a preset color, Tap the X to save your selectionSource: iMore

How to set a custom color for HomeKit lights

While the preset color options in the Home app are convenient, there may be times where you want to apply a darker or lighter shade to match your vision for your home’s lighting. The Home app makes this simple with an easy-to-use color picker that you swipe to dial in the perfect shade, and once saved, your new color will be available as a preset.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon (on iPad, skip to the next step).
  3. Tap the name of the Room that your light is in.

    How to set a custom color for HomeKit lights in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap on the House icon, Tap the name of the Room that your light is inSource: iMore

  4. Tap and hold on your Light.
  5. Tap a Preset color in the color selection area that you wish to edit.
  6. Tap Edit.

    How to set a custom color for HomeKit lights in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Tap and hold on your Light, Tap a preset color, Tap EditSource: iMore

  7. Tap and drag on the Color picker to set your desired color.
  8. Tap Done.
  9. Tap the X to save your selection.

    How to set a custom color for HomeKit lights in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Tap and drag the Color Picker to your desired color, Tap Done, Tap the X button to save your selectionSource: iMore

How to set color temperature for HomeKit lights

The Home app also makes it easy to set color temperature for white lighting so that you can switch between soft white and daylight colors on-demand. Just like selecting custom colors, the Home app gives you a broad spectrum of color temperature adjustments in a color picker that you can swipe around in to find the right fit for your home.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon (on iPad, skip to the next step).
  3. Tap the name of the Room that your light is in.

    How to set color temperature for HomeKit lights in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap on the House icon, Tap the name of the Room that your light is inSource: iMore

  4. Tap and hold on your Light.
  5. Tap a Preset color in the color selection area that you wish to edit.
  6. Tap Edit.

    How to set color temperature for HomeKit lights in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Tap and hold on your Light, Tap a preset color, Tap EditSource: iMore

  7. Tap Temperature.
  8. Tap and drag on the Color picker to set your desired color temperature.
  9. Tap Done.

    How to set color temperature for HomeKit lights in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Tap Temperature, Tap and drag the Color Picker to your desired color, Tap DoneSource: iMore

  10. Tap the X to save your selection.

    How to set color temperature for HomeKit lights in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Tap the X button to save your selectionSource: iMore

How to set Adaptive Lighting for HomeKit lights

If you prefer a more hands-off approach to your home’s lighting and if you have the proper hardware, you can set your lights to use HomeKit Adaptive Lighting. This clever setting will automatically adjust your home’s lighting in the afternoon to keep you focused with whiter color temperature and then switch to softer yellow tones at night to promote rest.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon (on iPad, skip to the next step).
  3. Tap the name of the Room that your light is in.

    How to use Adaptive Lighting with your HomeKit-enabled lights in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House icon, Tap the name of the Room that your light is in.Source: iMore

  4. Tap and hold on your Light.
  5. Tap the 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 is not available, check the app for your accessory to see if there is an update available.
  6. Tap the X to save your selection.

    How to use Adaptive Lighting with your HomeKit-enabled lights in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap and hold on your Light, Tap the Adaptive Lighting icon, Tap the X button to saveSource: iMore

Questions about how to set a color for HomeKit lights?

As you can see, setting colors for your HomeKit lights is quite easy. If you run across any issues selecting your colors, or if you want to share your favorite colors for setting the mood in your home, let us know in the comments below!

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