Take Control Of The Lighting In Your House Using The Luminance App For Your Linux Laptop
There’s a new app in town that lets Philips Hue users regulate the color or brightness of their room right from their Linux desktop!
This app is called ‘Luminance’ and it allows owners of the smart LED lightbulbs (via the Hue Bridge) to cycle through a range of colors, increase brightness, or to even switch lights on and off remotely.
This does away with the need to reach for your smart device whenever you wish to alter the ambience of a room: just head to the Dash and launch Luminance.
It is Open-Source
Luminance is written in Python and GTK+ and according to the Luminance team, the open-source app says it wants “…to be beautiful and easy to use yet offer all of the functionality that the Hue system has to offer.”
We don’t own any Philips Hue products here for the team but the app sure looks like it provides for everything one would need, including:
- Access bridge information and management (e.g. rescan for lights, check for updates)
- Control lights individually (brightness, color, on/off)
- Control groups (brightness, color, on/off)
Installation Isn’t So Simple
As simple as the app may seem it is quite a hassle to install so don’t think it’s as easy as flicking a light switch, however, the full details on how to install the app can be found on the GitHub page for the app.
Among the required dependencies listed there is GTK 3.20 (i.e. Ubuntu 16.10 or later) and phue, a python library for interacting with the Philips Hue.