Picture of the front top of the Sony SRS XG500 speaker.

How to Turn Off Lights on Sony SRS XG500

This speaker comes equipped with a set of party LED lights that, by default, blink, change color, and pulsate to the beat of whatever you play on the speaker.  But now and then, you may not wish to have a party atmosphere in your room, like when you want to play the speaker while drifting off to sleep or during the day in a bright area, where you can’t see the lights anyhow. So we show here how to turn OFF the Sony SRS XG500 lights for just these circumstances.

Picture of the glowing party lights on the right end of the Sony SRS XG500 boombox speaker.
The glowing party lights on the right end of the Sony SRS XG500 boombox speaker.

Now to turn off the party lights, you need to find the LIGHT button.  We find this control on the back of the speaker, inside the ports compartment, as we see in the next picture.

Picture of the Light button on the Sony SRS XG500 speaker.
The Light button on the Sony SRS XG500 speaker.

Furthermore, there are four buttons and a knob inside the ports door.  The LIGHT button is the third button from the left, just to the right of the BATTERY button.

Picture of the dark party lights on the right end of the Sony SRS XG500 boombox speaker.
The dark party lights on the right end of the Sony SRS XG500 boombox speaker.

The lights shut off immediately upon pressing this, the LIGHT button.





How to Turn Sony SRS XG500 Party Lights OFF Using Speaker Buttons, Step by Step

These lamps, which light the left and right passive radiators of the unit, are set to display their party patterns by default.

Plus, they work either when fresh out of the box, or after a factory reset. You can turn them off as follows…

    1. Turn the party LEDs off by pressing and releasing the LIGHT button.  Doing so may save a bit of battery power, especially when you don’t really need to waste any on running these lamps. The lights immediately go dark after the button press.

Then when you want to turn them back ON, simply repeat what you did above.  I.e. Press and release the  LIGHT  button. Then the party lamps will go back to their usual pulsing and fading color changes.

How to Turn OFF Sony SRS XG500 Party Lights Using the Music Center App, Step by Step

1. Pair XG500 with Mobile Device That Has Sony Music Center App

Firstly, power up the speaker and pair it with your mobile device.

Screenshot of the Sony SRS XG500 speaker showing as connected on iPadOS.
The Sony SRS XG500 speaker showing as connected on iPadOS.

2. Open the Sony Music Center App

The Home page for the XG500 comes up.

Screenshot of the Sony Music Center app, showing the SRS XG500 speaker Home page.
The Sony Music Center app, showing the SRS XG500 speaker Home page.

3. Scroll Down to the Settings Option

Thirdly, swipe up until you see the Settings item at the bottom of the screen.

Screenshot of the Settings item on the Sony SRS XG500 Home page.
The Settings item on the Sony SRS XG500 Home page.

4. Tap the Settings Option

Then touch that item.  This brings up the Settings page for the 500.

Screenshot of the Illumination item on the Sony SRS XG500 Settings page in the Music Center app.
Illumination item on the Sony SRS XG500 Settings page in the Music Center app.

Next, find the Illumination option as we see in the last picture.

5. Tap the Illumination Item

Doing so brings up the Illumination page for our test speaker.

Screenshot of the Lighting Mode item on the Illumination Settings page.
The Lighting Mode item on the Illumination Settings page.

Note that the Lighting Mode option is set to DELIGHTFUL, which is the name of one of numerous light show patterns the 500 is capable of displaying.

6. Tap the Lighting Mode Item

Tapping that link brings up the Lighting Mode screen for the XG500, as we see next.

Screenshot of the Light Off option on the Lighting Mode page.
Light Off option on the Lighting Mode page.

Next, find the LIGHT OFF option, near the top of the list of lighting patterns.





7. Tap the LIGHT OFF Option

Doing this moves the brown check mark from the DELIGHTFUL option to the LIGHT OFF option, as we see in the next shot.

Screenshot of the Done item on the Lighting Mode page for the test speaker.
The Done item on the Lighting Mode page for our test speaker.

8. Tap the Done Link

Find the Done item near the top right corner of the screen.

Doing this sends the command to turn the party lights OFF to the speaker, and the lights should immediately go dark.

Then the app takes you back to the Illumination page.

Screenshot of the Lighting Mode option set to LIGHT OFF for the test speaker on the Illumination page.
The Lighting Mode option set to LIGHT OFF for the test speaker on the Illumination page.

Note now that the Lighting Mode option value is now set to LIGHT OFF.

9. Done with How to Turn OFF Lights on Sony SRS XG500 Using the Music Center App

Finally, you now know how to turn off the party lights on this speaker using the LIGHT button on the speaker itself. Or you can do it in the Sony Music Center app.

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References for How to Turn Off Lights on Sony SRS XG500 Bluetooth Speaker

    1. Official Sony SRS XG500 Product Page at Sony.com

Revision History

    • 2022-12-02: First published.
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