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Control Phillips Hue Via DMX

Updated: May 22, 2019

Recently I've seen a few people asking how to get Phillips Hue talking over DMX. The actual process is fairly simple due to a great little package by a user called sinedied.


Below are going to be various installs for various operating systems.


Windows


Step 1

Head over to https://nodejs.org/en/ and download the recommended for most users option. Install just like any other program.


Step 2

Once installed you are going to want to open command prompt and type.

npm install -g dmx-hue

this will take a few seconds to install.

Step 3

you will then want to type

dmx-hue setup

it will prompt you to link your hue device, just click the top of your hue and retype the command dmx-hue setup.

Step 4

You will then want to apply your settings by following the instructions within the command prompt. Note - Artnet Universe 1 will actually be Universe 2 as Artnet starts with a universe of 0.

Step 5

Press enter to save your settings, once you see the configuration saved message close Command Prompt and then Open up a new command prompt window.


Step 6

All you now need to do is start the program by typing

dmx-hue

You may get a network security prompt depending on your settings. Allow the Node.js through the network.


Step 7

That's it. You can now control your Hue lights via Artnet on your lighting network.

As for fixture profiles, when testing it seems to be just a basic RGB fixture but without the main intensity. This does depend however if you have set a DMX transition channel within your configuration.



Mac OSX


Step 1

Head over to https://nodejs.org/en/ and download the recommended for most users option. Install just like any other app.

Step 2

Once installed you are going to want to open terminal and type.

sudo npm install -g dmx-hue

enter your password if prompted, this will take a few seconds to install.

Step 3

you will then want to type

dmx-hue setup

it will prompt you to link your hue device, just click the top of your hue and retype the command dmx-hue setup.

Step 4

You will then want to apply your settings by following the instructions within the Terminal. Note - Artnet Universe 1 will actually be Universe 2 as Artnet starts with a universe of 0.

Step 5

Press enter to save your settings, once you see the configuration saved you can then start the program by typing

dmx-hue

Step 6

That's it. You can now control your Hue lights via Artnet on your lighting network.

As for fixture profiles, when testing it seems to be just a basic RGB fixture but without the main intensity. This does depend however if you have set a DMX transition channel within your configuration.


Linux


Step 1

Open up your terminal and type the following commands

sudo apt-get install nodejs

enter your password and enter Y to any questions it asks. Once this has installed you will want to install the next package for this type

sudo apt-get install npm

Step 2

Once installed you are going to want to type.

sudo npm install -g dmx-hue

enter your password if prompted, this will take a few seconds to install.

Step 3

you will then want to type

dmx-hue setup

it will prompt you to link your hue device, just click the top of your hue and retype the command dmx-hue setup.

You will then want to apply your settings by following the instructions within the Terminal. Note - Artnet Universe 1 will actually be Universe 2 as Artnet starts with a universe of 0.


Step 5

Press enter to save your settings, once you see the configuration saved you can then start the program by typing

dmx-hue

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Dead Stars
Dead Stars
Feb 07, 2023

Hey,

Thanks for this tool. I tried to install everything but we stuck on a point.

If we type dmx-hue setup then we got the mistake "bridge not found'.


if we "ping" the bridge we will find these unit without problems....


Maybe you have an advice or hint to solve these problem?


Thanks in advance!


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Rad Watson
Rad Watson
Jun 03, 2020

Hi, I'm have trouble with the universes.

Windows

I'm unclear about what is what.

Is universe 1 as it reads on the command prompt technically universe 2 to other Artnet devices? or is it universe 0 to other artnet devices?

When I try to set the dmx-hue command prompt to universe 0, it doesn't work and I have to use another, I've managed to install the software and see my hue globes, but when I try to send some artnet dmx to it, I haven't gotten it to react at all, I've spent probably 3 hours trying different settings but nothing.

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Alex Gardner
Alex Gardner
Apr 24, 2020

Hi Rob. So Artnet it’s self is a completely separate lighting protocol. Nothing like the bridge should be showing up. Instead you need to patch it like a lighting fixture (RGB fixture type should work). This is where the DMX address and Universe come into play. In theory as long as you’re network has been configured properly (usually works by default) you should just be able to patch the fixtures and send lighting data over your network via the artnet protocol. I would look into this video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OwzVgKEMs0Q And also maybe look over some of the other stage lighting stuff as the question you’ve asked is actually lots of different questions which hopefully will be answered with some of their videos.…

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Alan Reeves
Alan Reeves
Aug 23, 2023
Replying to

Hi Alex

Do you have a similar solution for the Mi Boxer Products , I have tried using there DMX Device but its to clunky

My email is alan@tlslighting.co.uk

Thank you


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Rob Jameson
Rob Jameson
Apr 23, 2020

Hi Alex, thanks for posting this! I haven't seen another tutorial for using this tool.


I'm stuck at the next step .... how do I actually send DMX to that Hue bridge once the software is installed? I am trying Q, as that is the artnet software recommended by the developer on github, however I don't see the hue bridge listed. I can't figure out how to actually send light values to reach the Hue lights.


Any advice is much appreciated!


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David Dickenson
David Dickenson
Oct 17, 2022
Replying to

Rob I realize this is over 2 years old but I am in the same place you are. I cannot seem to get it to find the bridge

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