I was just wondering if there is an open source alternative to the popular

(Christoph Wempe) #1

I was just wondering if there is an open source alternative to the popular smart light protocols like LIFX, Hue or MiLight.

It would be great to add such protocol to a FastLED (+Wifi) project and be able to control it with a app.

I know it might be possible to add Hue emulation or something, but I am not sure if this would be stable and I think you could add many nice features that are not supported by the propriety protocols.

(Dougal Campbell) #2

Which direction do you mean? Are you thinking that FastLED code would somehow control a Hue bulb? Or do you mean receiving commands from a standard Hue app and passing them in to a FastLED app which is controlling regular LED strips?

I’m sure either could be done, but the former probably wouldn’t be the best use of FastLED.

(Dougal Campbell) #3
(Christoph Wempe) #4

I mean the second scenario. Except that requires the HueEmulation which is more a workaround.

I think there should be an open standard that could be implemented to connect an open app with an arduino project.

For now I am using mqtt and connect my Arduino to my smart home.
But such LED projects should be controllable without setting up mqtt- and smarthome-server.

(Mike Clifford) #5

Check out Sonoff, and separately Blynk (https://community.blynk.cc/t/smartled-controller-esp-fastled-blynk-video/7333). Not sure if they are exactly what you are looking for, but might be in the right direction.

(Christoph Wempe) #6

I am using Sonoff for not-LED-Projects and heared of Blynk, but maybe there is more to it then I know… :grin:

(Robert Atkins) #7

Apologies for the thread necromancy but from what I understand, you could just do this—the Lifx protocol is published: https://community.lifx.com/t/building-a-lifx-packet/59

(Preliminary thinking proceeding on how to gin up a waterproof outdoor Lifx/HomeKit compatible setup for the balcony—none of the first-party Lifx parts are rated for outdoor use.)