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 base color and brightness of your lights

• Toggle rain sound effects
• Change rain audio: Default, Heavy, Steady, Light, On Tin Roof
• Change 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 color and brightness of rain light effects

• Toggle thunder sound effects
• Change thunder volume
• Change delay lightning (Wireless audio delay offset)
• 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 color and max brightness of lightning light effects

Passing Thunderstorms
• Change starting storm for Passing Thunderstorms: Weak, Normal, Strong
• Change cycle time for Passing Thunderstorms: 15m, 30m, 60m

Background Sounds
• Toggle background sounds: Birds, Cicadas, Crickets, Frogs
• Change background sounds volume

• Change default end state: On, Off, Revert
• Change sleep end state: On, Off, Revert
• Select mode to automatically start when app opens
• Choose time to automatically stop selected mode
• Choose time to automatically restart selected mode when sleep timer ends, enabling recurring cycle


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 utilize the lightning buttons at the bottom of the screen for manual control.
• Sleep Timer — Set a timer complemented with an audio fade-out feature. Choose the state of your lights after the timer ends with the Sleep End State setting.
• Bluetooth and Casting Support — Connect to Bluetooth speakers directly, or cast to Chromecast built-in speakers using the Google Home App. Adjust the Delay Lightning setting to offset any 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
Oct 4, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

182 reviews
A Google user
April 5, 2020
Seems to work best with fewer lights. I've greatly expanded my hue bulb collection and now notice that there must be a lag between syncing all of them and the sound from the app. It went from the lights flashing and soon after hearing the thunder (correct) where now with all lights going (about 20), you hear the thunder first followed by the lights flashing a few seconds after, which is backwards. Delay Thunder does not resolve it. Any tips for this issue outside of using less lights?
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Scott Dodson
April 5, 2020
Hi Matt, thank you for the feedback! Please try creating a new group with a max of 10 lights that will be used for the lightning effects. Go to Settings, scroll down to Lightning/Thunder, and change FX Targets to this new group. Please contact me at for more help. Thanks!
A Google user