by cees-elzinga

XBMC add-on for Philips Hue lights with ambilight support

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An XBMC add-on that controls Philips Hue lights. In "Theatre mode" the add-on dims the the Philips Hue lights as soon as a movie starts playing, and turns the lights back on once the movie is done. "Ambilight mode" turns your Philips Hue lights in a room-sized ambilight

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This project is no longer maintained. Feel free to fork away and have fun!

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The add-on depends on the XBMC add-on "requests" for the ambilight mode.

XBMC add-on script.module.requests

  • Download the add-on as a ZIP file from
    • (Right click on the "ZIP" icon and select "Download Linked File").
  • Open XBMC
  • Go to
    System -> Settings -> Add-ons -> Install from zip file
  • Select the zip file.

XBMC add-on script.xbmc.hue.ambilight

  • Download the add-on as a ZIP file from the top of this page
    • (Right click on the "ZIP" icon and select "Download Linked File")
  • Open XBMC
  • Go to
    System -> Settings -> Add-ons -> Install from zip file
  • Restart XBMC and configure the add-on:
    • System -> Settings -> Add-ons -> Enabled add-ons -> Services -> XBMC Philips Hue
    • Run
      Start auto discovery of bridge IP and User

Note for Raspberry Pi users:

  • Save the add-on configuration by exiting XBMC before shutting down the Pi completely
  • Ambilight mode doesn't work on a Raspberry Pi due to the way it renders video

Release history

  • 2014-01-12 v 0.6.2 Minor improvements
  • 2013-07-13 v 0.6.0 General improvements all around (by robwalch)
  • 2013-05-25 v 0.5.0 Debug logging, livingwhite lights
  • 2013-05-04 v 0.4.0 Advanced settings
  • 2013-04-25 v 0.3.6 Custom dimmed brightness in theatre mode
  • 2013-04-02 v 0.3.4 Ambilight is more responsive
  • 2013-04-01 v 0.3.3 Rename to script.xbmc.hue.ambilight
  • 2013-02-25 v 0.3.1 Improved handling for grouped lights
  • 2013-01-27 v 0.1.0 Initial release

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