The Flic Hub LR has local LIFX LAN support, but the functionality is quite limited. It only allows you to toggle power state, turn a bulb on/off or change its colour. The only other option is the ability to trigger a scene via the LIFX Cloud. This post details a third option, which is leveraging a local Photons Interactor server to do complex transfomations triggered by a Flic.
My Flic Hub LR and Flic 2 buttons finally arrived today and as my primary automation system is HomeKit, I set about working out how to get them integrated via Homebridge. The result is a generic Homebridge plugin that creates a StatelessProgrammableSwitch which is identical to a Flic in operation. It supports three press events: single, double and hold, but doesn’t maintain state.
My home network runs exclusively on Ubiquiti UniFi hardware which is fantastic, but it hides the WMM configuration setting from the web-based UI. Disabling Airtime Fairness and WMM is one of the first things you should do for any SSID dedicated to low-powered IoT devices like LIFX smart bulbs.
I know a bunch of HomeKit enthusiasts that use Homebridge even with LIFX’s native HomeKit support in their newer bulbs. After the LIFX team implemented firmware effect calls in the HTTP API, I knew it would be possible to create a HomeKit switch that would turn an effect on and off and here it is.
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