Philips Hue

This driver supports communication with a Philips Hue bridge, allowing to control lights and lighting groups.

Connecting to the system

Connection to the system is done via a REST connection with the Philips Hue bridge. The following configuration is needed:

  1. Bridge host: The IP address or host name of the bridge.
  2. Bridge port: The port number where the bridge is waiting for connections (the suggested default should be correct).
  3. Bridge user: This user is automatically created when the button Create Philips HUE user on bridge is pressed, as described below.
  4. New color turns dimmers on: If this flag is set, and a new color is picked for a dimmer that is turned off, then the dimmer will be turned on with the new selected color.
  5. Poll interval: The number of seconds to wait between status requests.

If system connection can’t be established specifying Hue Bridge Hostname on Bridge host, bad configuration or absence of the DNS server on the BeoLiving Intelligence LAN could be the responsible issue. Try using the IP address of the Bridge. Default Hostname of Hue Bridge is Philips-hue.

The Philips Hue driver polls every light and group on the bridge each Poll interval seconds for status updates. If the system has a low number of resources, then this parameter may be set to a small value, although anything below 5 is not recommended.

If the Bridge user is not defined or is invalid, then you can create a new one by pressing the link button on the bridge and then pressing the Create Philips HUE user on bridge within 30 seconds. If the action is successful, then a new user will be assigned.

Available resources

The Philips Hue driver supports commanding the lights, groups and scenes that are available for the configured user.

Both lights and groups are mapped to the DIMMER Standard Resource type, and allow full control of every state variable, such as brightness, hue or color coordinates.

Also, as a DIMMER, they provide the SET LEVEL command which acts on the brightness and on state variables. As a simple example, setting the level to 100 implies setting “on” to true and “bri” to 255 on the Philips Hue bridge.

The scene is mapped to a BUTTON Standard Resource type, and the button PRESS recalls the scene on the Philips Hue bridge.

Deprecated commands

As of version 1.4.19116 and on, the command _SET TRANSITION TIME is no longer available. For setting a dimmer with fade time, the _TIMED SET command should be used.