Thank you for reaching out to us with your question. To activate a Formula we use a virtual sensor in the bridge. You need to get into the details of your installation to find which one (this will differ per installation and bridge).
I am not familiar with a web service that is able to do this at the moment, but if you have found one, please let me know "
I don’t know of a way to run the formulas, but you can trigger a Hue scene through the hue service/channel on IFTTT. So it’s easy to have one of your routines run one of your Hue scenes: just have the routine turn on a virtual switch and have that virtual switch coming on be the “if” in your IFTTT applet. Then use the Hue scene as the “that.”
I don’t think there’s a way to do this (yet). I would imagine Philips will eventually incorporate some of their more popular Labs features into the actual app, and provide the ability to turn any normal scene into a living scene. But until then, I think you’re probably stuck with programming a quasi-living scene in webcore… something like: every 30 seconds, change the color.
Bump: Any way to do this without IFTTT now that they’re charging for applets?
My current setup uses a virtual switch in SmartThings that triggers an IFTTT applet to run the hue labs formula. But really all I want is to have a slow color loop of the lights that I can activate/deactivate using my voice to a Google Home/Alexa microphone.
I used the direct Alexa-Hue integration @JDRoberts mentioned a while back and it worked. Hue app is frustrating & archaic in the labs section. After all these year don’t see why they can’t bring “Living Scenes” into the main part of the app. Animated / Living Scenes are my favorite part of my Hue lights, this feature doesn’t seem to get much attention.
I have been using the iConnectHue app for a while and even though the UI is a little difficult to grasp in the “Animations” section, it is much more flexible and configurable. It works better with off brand Hue lights/controllers too (with hue app living scenes my generic lightstrip does not transition between colors smoothly).
iConnectHue doesn’t work with SmartThings or Alexa, have to use iPhone (but has a lockscreen widget and Siri). Or… it can configure Hue Remotes to start/stop animations if you have any of those.