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

How to Turn On Lights on Sony SRS XG500

This speaker comes equipped with a set of party LED lights on the ends that, by default, blink, change color, and pulsate to the beat of whatever you play on the speaker.  But someone may have switched these lamps off, and now, you wonder how to make them work again to enhance the atmosphere at your next party. So we show here how to turn ON the lights on the Sony SRS XG500 speaker, for just this circumstance.

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.

To turn ON the party lights, you need to find the LIGHT button.  We find this control on the back of the speaker, inside the ports compartment on the back of the speaker, 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.

There are four buttons in the single buttons row inside the ports compartment.  The LIGHT button is the third button in from the left in that row.

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.

The lights turn on immediately upon pressing the LIGHT button.





How to Turn On Lights on the Sony SRS XG500 Using Buttons on the Speaker, 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 factory reset. If they’re not glowing when the speaker is running, you can turn them ON as follows…

    1. Turn the party LEDs ON by pressing and releasing the LIGHT button.  Doing so may run out the battery power a bit faster. So do not do this if you want to maximize battery life per charge.  But when you do do this, the lights immediately start their lightshow after the button press.

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

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

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

Next, 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 Settings page.
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 XG500 Lighting Mode option set to LIGHT OFF on the Illumination Settings page in the Music Center app.
The Sony SRS XG500 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 means that the lights are switched OFF. So they will not glow when this setting is in effect.

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 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. Note though that you can choose any of the patterns from the list including Delightful, Rave, Chill, Strobe, Hot, Cool, Cute, Fresh, or Calm Daylight.  But here’ we’re going to pick DELIGHTFUL.





7. Tap the DELIGHTFUL Option

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

Screenshot of the Done item on the Lighting Mode page for our 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 ONto the speaker, and the lights should immediately illuminate.

Then the app takes you back to the Illumination page.

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

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

9. Done with How to Turn ON Lights on Sony SRS XG500 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 doing it in the Sony Music Center app.

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Other Posts About the Sony SRS XG500 Boombox Party Speaker

    1. How to Switch Lights Off on the Sony SRS XG500 Party Speaker
    2. Charging Instructions for the Sony SRS XG500
    3. How to Make the Sony SRS XG500 Discoverable
    4. Sony SRS XG500 Charge Time to Reach a Full Recharge
    5. Sony SRS XG500 Pairing Instructions

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

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

Revision History

    • 2022-12-16: First published.
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