Philips Hue Binding

This binding integrates the Philips Hue Lighting system. The integration happens through the Hue bridge, which acts as an IP gateway to the ZigBee devices.

Philips Hue

Supported Things

The Hue bridge is required as a “bridge” for accessing any other Hue devices.

Almost all available Hue devices are supported by this binding. This includes not only the “friends of Hue”, but also products like the LivingWhites adapter. Additionally, it is possible to use Osram Lightify devices as well as other ZigBee LightLink compatible products. Please note that the devices need to be registered with the Hue bridge before it is possible for this binding to use them.

The Hue binding supports all seven types of lighting devices defined for ZigBee LightLink (see page 24, table 2. These are:

Device type ZigBee Device ID Thing type
On/Off Light 0x0000 0000
On/Off Plug-in Unit 0x0010 0010
Dimmable Light 0x0100 0100
Dimmable Plug-in Unit 0x0110 0110
Colour Light 0x0200 0200
Extended Colour Light 0x0210 0210
Colour Temperature Light 0x0220 0220

All different models of Hue or Osram bulbs nicely fit into one of these seven types. This type also determines the capability of a device and with that the possible ways of interacting with it. The following matrix lists the capabilities (channels) for each type:

Thing type On/Off Brightness Color Color Temperature
0000 X      
0010 X      
0100 X X    
0110 X X    
0200 X   X  
0210 X   X X
0220 X X   X

The type of a specific device can be found in the configuration section for things in the PaperUI. It is part of the unique thing id which could look like:


The thing type is the second string behind the first colon and in this example it is 0210.


The Hue bridge is discovered through UPnP in the local network. Once it is added as a Thing, its authentication button (in the middle) needs to be pressed in order to authorize the binding to access it. Once the binding is authorized, it automatically reads all devices that are set up on the Hue bridge and puts them in the Inbox.

Thing Configuration

The Hue bridge requires the ip address as a configuration value in order for the binding to know where to access it. In the thing file, this looks e.g. like

Bridge hue:bridge:1 [ ipAddress="" ]

A user to authenticate against the Hue bridge is automatically generated. Please note that the generated user name cannot be written automatically to the .thing file, and has to be set manually. The generated user name can be found in the log files after pressing the authentication button on the bridge. The user name can be set using the userName configuration value, e.g.:

Bridge hue:bridge:1 [ ipAddress="", userName="qwertzuiopasdfghjklyxcvbnm1234" ]

The devices are identified by the number that the Hue bridge assigns to them (also shown in the Hue app as an identifier). Thus, all it needs for manual configuration is this single value like

0210 bulb1 [ lightId="1" ]


All devices support some of the following channels:

Channel Type ID Item Type Description Thing types supporting this channel
switch Switch This channel supports switching the device on and off. 0000, 0010
color Color This channel supports full color control with hue, saturation and brightness values. 0200, 0210
brightness Dimmer This channel supports adjusting the brightness value. Note that this is not available, if the color channel is supported. 0100, 0110, 0220
color_temperature Dimmer This channel supports adjusting the color temperature from cold (0%) to warm (100%) 0210, 0220
alert String This channel supports displaying alerts by flashing the bulb either once or multiple times. Valid values are: NONE, SELECT and LSELECT 0000, 0100, 0200, 0210, 0220
effect Switch This channel supports color looping. 0200, 0210, 0220

Full Example

In this example Bulb1 is a standard Philips HUE bulb (LCT001) which supports color and color_temperature. Therefore it is a thing of type 0210. Bulb2 is an OSRAM tunable white bulb (PAR16 50 TW) supporting color_temperature and so the type is 0220.


Bridge hue:bridge:1 [ ipAddress="" ] {
	0210 bulb1 [ lightId="1" ]
	0220 bulb2 [ lightId="2" ]


// Bulb1
Switch	Light1_Toggle		{ channel="hue:0210:1:bulb1:color" }
Dimmer	Light1_Dimmer		{ channel="hue:0210:1:bulb1:color" }
Color	Light1_Color		{ channel="hue:0210:1:bulb1:color" }
Dimmer	Light1_ColorTemp	{ channel="hue:0210:1:bulb1:color_temperature" }
String	Light1_Alert		{ channel="hue:0210:1:bulb1:alert" }
Switch	Light1_Effect		{ channel="hue:0210:1:bulb1:effect" }

// Bulb2
Switch	Light2_Toggle		{ channel="hue:0220:1:bulb2:brightness" }
Dimmer	Light2_Dimm		{ channel="hue:0220:1:bulb2:brightness" }
Dimmer	Light2_ColorTemp	{ channel="hue:0220:1:bulb2:color_temperature" }

Note: The bridge ID is in this example 1 but can be different in each system.


sitemap demo label="Main Menu"
	Frame {
		// Bulb1
		Switch		item=		Light1_Toggle
		Slider		item=		Light1_Dimmer
		Colorpicker	item=		Light1_Color
		Slider		item=		Light1_ColorTemp
		Switch		item=		Light1_Alert		mappings=[NONE="None", SELECT="Alert", LSELECT="Long Alert"]
		Switch		item=		Light1_Effect

		// Bulb2
		Switch		item=		Light2_Toggle
		Slider		item=		Light2_Dimmer
		Slider		item=		Light2_ColorTemp