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I bought this innr light bulb for my Hue system and it works just fine except for the fact that it isn't compatible with Hue Entertainment. As it turns out, no 3rd-party light bulbs are supported by Hue Entertainment (yet).

So I tried the following:

I went into the API Debugger and tried to change the parameters of the light bulb manually, so it gets recognized as a "Philips Hue color capable light". Parameters I tried to change were the modelid and the different capabilities parameters. However, I always got back an error 8 or an error 6:

    "error": {
        "type": 8,
        "address": "/lights/4/capabilities",
        "description": "parameter, /lights/4/capabilities, is not modifiable"

or

    "error": {
        "type": 6,
        "address": "/lights/4/manufacturername",
        "description": "parameter, manufacturername, not available"
    }

My questions are now:

  • Is there any technical difference that makes it impossible to use 3rd-party lights with the Hue Entertainment system?

As far as I understand Philips Hue lights communicate over the ZigBee protocol, just like every other Hue compatible light, therefore the communication beetween the bridge and a 3rd-party light shouldn't be a problem. The only difference between original Philips lights and other lights is there brightness and their color range but there isn't any technical barrier that would prevent these lights from working with Philips Hue Entertainment. Am I correct with this?

  • Is there any way to make Philips Hue Entertainment work with non-philips lights? (Maybe by manipulating the firmware of the bridge?)
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    you got it backwards; you need to bust out of that walled garden asap, or else you're just asking to spend $$$ each new device instead of $. Replace the Philips Hue Entertainment with an open-source control system. – dandavis Jul 8 '18 at 20:54

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