Thunderstorm for Hue

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About this app

Summon a thunderstorm light show using your Philips Hue lights. Watch your lights pulse and flash to the sounds of a storm.*

*Hue Bridge required


• Strong Thunderstorm — Heavy rain with frequent lightning and thunder nearby

Lights pulse quickly to the sound of heavy rain. Booming sounds of thunder accompany bright flashes of light.

• Normal Thunderstorm — Steady rain with a full range of lightning and thunder

Lights pulse to the sound of rain. The sound of thunder can be heard from various distances. The closer the lightning, the louder the sound, and the brighter the flashes of light!

• Weak Thunderstorm — Light rain with occasional lightning and thunder far off

Lights pulse slowly to the sound of light rain. Dim flashes of light are followed by soft sounds of thunder.

• Passing Thunderstorms — Rain and lightning intensity changes as the storms pass

Lights pulse and flash at different rates to correspond with the current strength of the storm.


• Change the color and brightness of your lights
• Toggle rain sound effects
• Change rain audio (default, heavy rain, steady rain, light rain, rain on tin roof)
• Set rain volume
• Toggle rain light effects
• Change rain pulse rate (default, slow, medium, fast)
• Target lights for rain light effects
• Change rain transition effects (pulse, fade quickly, fade slowly)
• Change the color and brightness of the rain light effects
• Toggle thunder sound effects
• Set thunder volume
• Change delay lightning
• Toggle delay thunder
• Toggle lightning light effects
• Target lights for lightning light effects
• Change lightning transition effects (random, flicker, flash, pulse, fade quickly, fade slowly)
• Change lightning/thunder occurrence (default, never, occasional, normal, frequent, unreal)
• Change the color and max brightness of the lightning light effects
• Change starting storm for Passing Thunderstorms (weak, normal, strong)
• Change cycle time for Passing Thunderstorms (15 min, 30 min, 60 min)
• Toggle background sounds (birds, cicadas, crickets, frogs)
• Set background volume
• Change default end state (on, off, revert)
• Change sleep end state (on, off, revert)
• Auto-start, Auto-stop, and Auto-restart thunderstorm (auto-restart activates auto-start and auto-stop)


Select one or more lights for your thunderstorm light show on the Lights/Groups tab. Choose a group that you set up using the Philips Hue app, or create a new zone in the Thunderstorm for Hue app. To edit a zone in the list, swipe the item to the left and tap the pencil icon. When you add, remove, or change lights, pull down the list to refresh.


• Lightning on demand. Start a storm and tap one of the lightning buttons at the bottom of the page.
• Sleep Timer with audio fade out. Sleep End State setting lets you choose what happens to the state of the lights when the sleep timer ends.
• Bluetooth and Casting supported via Google Home app. Delay Lightning setting lets you choose how much time to delay the lightning to compensate for the wireless audio delay.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and appreciate you taking the time to rate the app. By leaving a review, I can continue to improve Thunderstorm for Hue and create a great experience for you and future users. Thank you! —Scott
Updated on
Sep 5, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

180 reviews
A Google user
November 30, 2019
OMG! This is amusing and wonderful! I bumped into this by accident and figured what the heck. It's only three bucks. Easy to use and quite enjoyable especially if you have a thunderstorm cranking out of your Bluetooth speaker. One footnote. It's more effective with lights you do not have direct line of sight to. For example a light bulb behind a lamp shade or in my case it was especially effective with the light strip hidden behind my television (reflecting off the wall). Thanks!
37 people found this review helpful
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Scott Dodson
November 30, 2019
Thank you for your review!!
A Google user
October 1, 2019
Really like this app. Great for Halloween. Lots of settings to play around with to get your desired effect. Even the background sounds help make for a great atmosphere. One question. Is there a way to have better control over the pulse rate or turn it off completely. Sometimes the pulse is to overwhelming even on lowest setting. Otherwise perfect.
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Scott Dodson
October 1, 2019
Hi Ari, thank you for the rating and review! You can turn off the Rain Light FX under Settings. Please contact me at if you need more help. Thanks!
Daniel Mills
July 20, 2022
Very good app, great options for extra sounds like frogs. If there's one improvement is it would be the ability to cast audio to a Nest speaker. Bluetooth works but it's an annoying extra. EDIT: casting through the Google Home app is not a solution. It isn't much easier than Bluetooth and requires leaving the app. It also is heavier on the battery.
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Scott Dodson
July 4, 2022
Thank you! You can cast the audio using the Google Home app. Please contact for more info.

What's new

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- added more timing options
- updated UI
- fixed compatibility issue