Picture of the glowing party lights on the right end of the Sony SRS XG300 boombox speaker.

How to Turn On Lights on Sony SRS XG300

This speaker comes equipped with a set of party LED lamps on its ends that, by default, blink, change color, and pulsate to the beat of whatever you play on the speaker.  But you might notice that the lights are not working, even though the speaker is running. It’s possible therefore, that someone switched the party lights off on the 300.  So here, we show how to turn ON the Sony SRS XG300 lights for when you want to add a bit of visual ambiance to your party or private listening sessions.

To turn ON the party lights, you first find the LIGHT button.  We find this control on the back of the speaker, in the ports compartment, as we see in the next picture.

Picture of the LIGHT button on the back of the Sony SRS XG300 speaker.
The LIGHT button on the back of the Sony SRS XG300 speaker.

There are two buttons inside this compartment on the 300, and the LIGHT button is the last button on the right.

Picture of the dark party lights on the right end of the speaker.
The dark party lights on the right end of the speaker.

The lights start glowing immediately upon pressing the LIGHT button as we’ll see below.





How to Turn ON Lights on Sony SRS XG300 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.

They work either when fresh out of the box, or after a hard reset. But if they’re dark, you can turn them ON as follows…

    1. Press and release the LIGHT button.  Running these lamps may drain battery power a little faster. So you may have switched them off at some point to preserve battery life.  But once you press this button, the lights immediately resume their flashing, scanning, and fading patterns.

Then when you want to turn them off again, simply repeat what you did above.  I.e. Press and release the  LIGHT  button. Then the party lamps will go dark once more.

How to Turn ON Sony SRS XG300 Party Lights Using the Music Center App, Step by Step

1. Pair the XG300 with the Mobile Device that Has the Sony Music Center App

Power up the speaker and pair it with your mobile device.

Screenshot of the Sony SRS XG300 speaker showing as Connected on iPadOS.
The Sony SRS XG300 speaker showing as Connected on iPadOS.

2. Open the Sony Music Center App

The Home page for the XG300 comes up.

Screenshot of the Sony SRS XG300 Home page in the Music Center app.
The Sony SRS XG300 Home page in the Music Center app.

3. Scroll Down to the Settings Option

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

Screenshot of the Settings option on the Home screen for the test speaker.
The Settings option on the Home screen for the test speaker.

4. Tap the Settings Option

Then touch that item.  This brings up the Settings page for the 300.

Screenshot of the Illumination Item on the Settings page.
The Illumination Item on the Settings page.

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 Sony SRS XG300 Lighting Mode option set to LIGHT OFF on the Illumination Settings Page in the Music Center app.
Sony SRS XG300 Lighting Mode option set to LIGHT OFF on the Illumination Settings Page in the Music Center app.

Note that the Lighting Mode option is set to LIGHT OFF, which is likely why the party lights are not working even though the speaker itself is running. So to fix that, read on.

6. Tap the Lighting Mode Item

Tapping that link brings up the Lighting Mode screen for the XG300, as we see next.

Screenshot of the DELIGHTFUL option on the Lighting Mode page.
The DELIGHTFUL option on the Lighting Mode page.

Next, find the DELIGHTFUL option, near the top of the list of lighting patterns. Now you can at this point, select any of the lighting modes from the list, because any one of them will power up the lights.  These include Delightful, Rave, Chill, Strobe, Hot, Cool, Cute, Fresh, and Calm Daylight. But here, we decided to run with DELIGHTFUL.





7. Tap the DELIGHTFUL Option

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

Screenshot of the Done button with the DELIGHTFUL option set on the Lighting Mode page.
Showing the Done button with the DELIGHTFUL option set on the Lighting Mode page.

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 ON to the speaker, and the lights should immediately start lighting up.

Then the app takes you back to the Illumination page.

Screenshot of the Lighting Mode option set to DELIGHTFUL.
The Lighting Mode option set to DELIGHTFUL.

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

9. Done with How to Turn ON Lights on Sony SRS XG300 Using the Music Center App

You now know how to turn ON the party lights on this speaker using either the Light button on the speaker itself, or via the Sony Music Center app.

Related Posts

    1. How to Turn On Lights on Sony SRS XG500 BT Speaker
    2. Activating the Party Lights on a Sony Speaker
    3. How to Switch Off Lights on Sony SRS XG300

Other Posts About the Sony SRS XG300 Bluetooth Boombox 

    1. Sony SRS XG300 Firmware Update Instructions
    2. Sony SRS XG300 Reset Instructions
    3. How to Tell if Sony SRS XG300 is Charging
    4. Sony SRS XG300 Charging Instructions
    5. How to Connect to Sony SRS XG300 Portable Speaker

References for How to Turn Off Lights on Sony SRS XG300 Bluetooth Speaker

    1. Sony SRS XG300 Official Product Page at Sony.com

Revision History

    • 2022-12-16: First published.
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