Make at-home movie nights a summer treat

June 22, 2020

Spending summer vacation at home probably means spending long hours outside in the sun, whether on the back patio, around the neighborhood, or at the pool. A movie night is the perfect way to wind down from a busy day, especially for the little ones. With Philips Hue, you can transform your space — inside or out — to make movie night magical. 

Indoor movie night

When spending summer vacation at home, movie nights are a staple. Instead of each person getting to only choose the movie, let them choose the lights, too.

Couple on the couch watching a movie together

Play light bar

Specially designed for the TV area, Play light bars can be placed vertically with the included stands or horizontally around your television, casting light back towards the wall. By setting the light bars to any of millions of colors, you can create a movie theater atmosphere right in your own home.  

Bright idea: Create a custom scene in the Hue app for movie night — or several based on the movie genre, such as pink for romance and purple for action — and set it as a preset on your Hue dimmer switch or Tap switch. Then, setting the mood for movie night only requires the touch of a button!

Hue sync box

Setting your lights to complement your movie is impressive — but what if you could make them reflect the content on the screen? With the Philips Hue Play HDMI sync box, you can get surround lighting right in your own living room. The Hue sync box pairs with your color-capable Philips Hue lights, such as the Play light bars, so they change colors, dim, brighten, flash, and dance along with your movie to create a truly cinematic experience.

Bright idea: Have a pre-movie dance party! Set the sync mode to Music in the Hue Sync mobile app, play a song you love, and watch as your lights respond to the music.

Outdoor movie night

The summer months mean great weather for being outdoors, especially in the evening — so take movie night outside. Put your laptop or tablet on a sturdy surface, grab some chairs and comfy pillows, and settle in. If you don’t have an outdoor seating area, spread out a blanket in the grass. Don’t forget the snacks!

For a truly memorable experience, you can use outdoor lights to help amplify the experience, making it truly feel like an outdoor theater.

Couple sitting outside while watching a movie on a phone

Lily spot lights

The Lily family, which includes the Lily spot light and the Lily XL spot light, offers colorful light that can be directed at any outdoor feature. Place the spots at the base of a tree or mount several in a row to a fence or post, creating interesting shadows and architectural interest with light.

Bright idea: Position your screen so that your Lily spotlights are in the background. Set them to dim tones for simple backdrop lighting, or colorful lights to complement the movie.

Appear wall light

The unique design of the Appear wall light casts warm-to-cool white or color light both upward and downward in sharp, angled triangles. Install these lights on a wall or next to a door to add drama to patios and entryways.  

Bright idea: Set your Appear wall light to colors that match your movie: deep red for a horror flick or fun yellows for a comedy. 

Calla bollard

With the Calla bollard, you get pathway lights that do more than just guide the way — they let you set the mood with millions of colors of light. Set your Calla lights to reflect the mood you’re in, the theme of the evening, or your movie.

Bright idea: If you set your movie viewing area a bit further away — perhaps on a picnic blanket in the far corner of the yard — you can light the path back to the house much like a movie theater’s aisle. Dim lights will help guide you as you refill your popcorn and soda.