Color-changing smart LEDs are a lot of fun, and there's no better time to put them to work than March, with men's and women's college basketball teams ready to take the court and battle it out. With a little help from IFTTT, you can set your lights to automatically shine your favorite team's colors for all to see each and every time they take to the court. Here's how it's done.
Scroll through the list of channels (the services, social networks, and gadgets that work with IFTTT), and select ESPN. You'll see a few different Trigger options -- the one we want is "New game start."
Next, you'll program the Trigger to fire off when your team starts a game. Select "Men's College Basketball" from the first drop-down menu, then pick your favorite team. I went with the good ol' Dayton Flyers.
The Lifx IFTTT channel lets you select from a collection of presets. You won't find every shade, but there's enough variety to make something work. You can also select how bright you want the light to be, how quickly you want the color to change, and whether you want the recipe to run even if the light isn't turned on beforehand.
You can simply write the name of the color you want, and your Hue bulbs should be able to figure it out. If you want to use your school's exact shade, you can even enter its precise hex code (the code shown here gives me a perfect, UD-appropriate Columbia Blue). And don't worry, I've listed the hex codes for all 68 teams in the field here. You're welcome.