Scheduling lights with Phillips Hue revisited

When i last looked into automating the light control, i was using IFTTT, and decided to write my own implementation because IFTTT was not very precise, and rather limited for the finegrained control i wanted. A year has passed, and there’s a new version of the Phillips Hue Bridge which supports Apple HomeKit, and has a new version of the Hue API, which supports things like sunrise/sunset triggers. My own solution has been running on my Raspberry Pi for the better part of a year, and has worked very well, but with the new API it is possible for me to create the schedules directly on the Hue Bridge, removing the dependency on the Server, and allowing interaction from the Hue Apps. [Read More]

Scheduling lights with Philips Hue and a Raspberry Pi

Up until a few weeks ago, i’ve been using IFTTT for controlling various automated light tasks. The lights i want to control are mostly outdoor lights, turning on at dusk, and off again at sunrise. I also automatically tone the light down and into a slight more red color in the kids rooms around bedtime, and in the living room a wee bit later :) IFTTT works, but is not very punctual. [Read More]