Home color picker

You can do all kinds of great things to make your home look, sound, and feel just how you like with the Home app. If your home has color-changing light bulbs, here’s how to pick the right color for your mood.

After a somewhat slow start, HomeKit is starting to show some of the promise we always knew it had. Its logo is now starting to crop up on the boxes for smart home products from many manufacturers both large and small. That’s great for consumers, but smart homes can be costly. Smart bulbs are a great way to get started without breaking the bank.

Because HomeKit ties into your light bulbs at a deep level, you can use the Home app on your iPhone or iPad to control not just whether the light is on or off, but also what color it is, too.

Using the Home app to Change the Color of Your Lights

To start, open the Home app and locate the light that you want to interact with. If you just want to turn the light on or off, tap it. If you want to change the color, tap and hold, and then choose the “Color” option at the bottom.

Tap and hold your bulb Tap color

The next screen shows a collection of color options, but if you’d prefer more fine-grained control over the color, tap the “Edit” button.

Tap edit

There are now two options to choose from, both at the bottom of the screen. If you’d like to select a color temperature, tap “Temperature.” If you’d rather select a color, tap “Color.” Either option will show a color wheel that can be tapped to select a new color.

Tap temperature. Tap a color of your choosing. Tap done Tap color. Tap a color of your choosing.

Once you have the color you want, tap “Done” to apply it.

Tap done

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