Improved advanced settings

A new version of the add-on is available on Github, version 0.5.1!

Version 0.5.1 is more stable, has better control over the advanced settings, adds debug logging and support Philips livingwhite bulbs.

Download the latest version from GitHub:

Should you run into any problems, please enable the “debug logging” from the advanced settings panel. It will log a bunch of information to your xbmc.log that will greatly help me to debug the issue at hand.

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XBMC add-on for Philips Hue

Note: this post old, see for the latest information.

Version 0.1 of the XBMC add-on is available on GitHub! Make sure you install the Python PIL library first (

Download script.xbmc.hue at GitHub

It supports two modes of operations: “Theatre mode” and “Ambilight mode”.


The “Theatre mode” is fully functional. It will dim the lights when a movie starts playing, and turn them back on once stopped. The “Ambilight mode” needs some more work. The biggest issue is that it takes approximately 1 second to adjust the lights. The time is spent by the bridge, and I don’t see any quick way to improve it. For now – “Ambilight mode” works but will be out of sync with the video streams for at least 1 second. [update 2013-03: a new version of the add-on is available on github and has better response times]

Download script.xbmc.hue at GitHub

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