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Alternate to Phillip's Hue Smart Lightning Solution

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Hello everyone,

I have being doing some research on Smart Lighting solutions for my Theater area which is setup in my basement. Philip's Hue is a significantly expensive option (as I don't live in the US, very high import duty). The only other option that is not very cheap in build quality but yet affordable is the Xiaomi Yeelight solution. Is there a way I can get the Yeelight to setup with CV/Kodi to act as one intends to in a theater area. I would want to control the lights simultaneously with my cell app well.

I won't make the Yeelight product purchase until I reach an informed decision. If there are other cheaper alternatives please do let me know.

Regards.

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I don't know anything about Yeelight, but after reviewing their website, I don't see why you couldn't get it to work.  Looks like it's compatible with most major 3rd party APIs if needed.

https://thirdparty.yeelight.com/page/app/index.html?ver=20180528

Now getting it to work with CV, I guess it would depend on how you'd go about integrating it.

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3 hours ago, OTA said:

I don't know anything about Yeelight, but after reviewing their website, I don't see why you couldn't get it to work.  Looks like it's compatible with most major 3rd party APIs if needed.

https://thirdparty.yeelight.com/page/app/index.html?ver=20180528

Now getting it to work with CV, I guess it would depend on how you'd go about integrating it.

With CV I would want the lights to dim to a certain % or change colour while playing say a trivia, trailers, audio bumpers, countdown and when the movie starts I would want them to turn them off and turn them on once the movie ends. How would I accomplish this? My guess is via some action module scripts. Though I am not sure. 

I saw a video where you can use an Kodi add-on called YeeMe (For Yeelight bulbs) but it is limited to just 4 bulbs and can only be used by Kodi. I want it to integrate with CV (I play my movies via Kodi but using CV).

Any help would be appreciated.

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Correct.  This is how I have mine setup.  My lights are 100%, start the sequence and they dim to 10% during the trailers, etc, then turn off when movie starts.  They also turn back on to 10% when the movie is paused, then once movie is done and the sequence ends, they come back up to 100%.

The action module won't be the issue, the integration of the API is what's going to take the most effort.

Here's a video of my action sequence with lighting.

 

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10 hours ago, OTA said:

Correct.  This is how I have mine setup.  My lights are 100%, start the sequence and they dim to 10% during the trailers, etc, then turn off when movie starts.  They also turn back on to 10% when the movie is paused, then once movie is done and the sequence ends, they come back up to 100%.

The action module won't be the issue, the integration of the API is what's going to take the most effort.

Here's a video of my action sequence with lighting.

 

Which brand of smart bulbs you are using and do they require a hub? Are you running Kodi via Nvidia Shield TV? Can tell me the whole process step-by-step as to how you accomplished it. I will try to buy the Yeelights hopefully in a few weeks time. Also can you share your script/action files and and how to modify them if so needed to tailor it to my needs.

Regards 

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I'm not using smart bulbs, but a z-wave dimmer switch connected to a SmartThings hub.  I run KODI on an ODRIOD C2, but that shouldn't make a difference in regards to CV.  I can share my action file, but depending on what API your using, it will likely not be compatible.  Here are some guides for different home automation solutions.

https://cinemavision.tv/guides/category/home-automation/

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On 12/17/2020 at 7:43 PM, OTA said:

I'm not using smart bulbs, but a z-wave dimmer switch connected to a SmartThings hub.  I run KODI on an ODRIOD C2, but that shouldn't make a difference in regards to CV.  I can share my action file, but depending on what API your using, it will likely not be compatible.  Here are some guides for different home automation solutions.

https://cinemavision.tv/guides/category/home-automation/

https://www.wizconnected.com/en/consumer/products/8718699787370/

I found these to be cheaper than Yeelights. Will these work with CV+Kodi? What are your thoughts?

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https://www.wizconnected.com/en/consumer/technology/

Says it supports Google, Alexa and IFTTT.  It depends on if their control API is open source.  Sorry, I'm not sure about this one.  I only have first hand experience with my setup which is controlled by Samsung SmartThings.  Seems most all of these support IFTTT.  Not sure how you would go about configuring it though.

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On 12/28/2020 at 9:07 PM, OTA said:

https://www.wizconnected.com/en/consumer/technology/

Says it supports Google, Alexa and IFTTT.  It depends on if their control API is open source.  Sorry, I'm not sure about this one.  I only have first hand experience with my setup which is controlled by Samsung SmartThings.  Seems most all of these support IFTTT.  Not sure how you would go about configuring it though.

Hi there I acquired the WiZ Wi-Fi LED bulbs. They are working with google home/google assistant as well as their own WIZ aap. But now I would like to create some action file for them to be able to control them in cinemavision. How would I do that? Need guidance step-by-step.

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18 hours ago, OTA said:

I'm sorry, but I can't provide a step by step as I don't have WiZ bulbs.  Here's a link to the Kodi community forum for CinemaVision where a list of API references are available.

https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=231881&pid=2050439#pid2050439

Hey I checked the link it mentions that a KODI JSON RPC API is supported. Here is the link of WiZ API support (just tell me lf I am correct), there are a few but at the bottom of the page you can see the name "Swifty JSON". Would that be of any help?

https://github.com/WiZLighting

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I don't know.  Looks like Swift is a programming language for developing iOS applications developed by Apple.  I don't think that's what you're looking for.

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18 hours ago, OTA said:

I don't know.  Looks like Swift is a programming language for developing iOS applications developed by Apple.  I don't think that's what you're looking for.

Yes I want to run on My Shield TV with Cinemavision. Can you point out to me to approach which people or developers on the forum that might be able to help me or say a specific thread?

On the other i found this link: https://github.com/sbidy/wiz_light

Does that make any sense to you?

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There's no thread here other than yours that references WizBulbs.  Currently there's no active development for CV.  Your best bet may be asking on the Kodi forum in the topic I previously linked to and see if somebody else may have figured it out.

That GitHub link looks to be about integrating WizBulbs into Home Assistant.  Home Assistant looks to be a free and open source automation hub.  It looks promising, but I have no experience with it.  If you can get Home Assistant working with your WizBulbs, then you can look at referencing that from CV.

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