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Control LIFX Smart Light in Ubuntu, Fedora, or other Linux via This App

Have LIFX LED smart lights in your home? You can control then in Linux via this handy application.

Ambience is a free and open-source app to control LIFX lights over local network. It uses lifxlan Python module that supports white, color, multizone (LIFX Z, LIFX Beam), infrared (LIFX+), and chain (LIFX Tile) capabilities.

It’s a GTK app that looks great in Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, etc with Gnome, while it’s also working on other Linux desktop.

Ambience, reminds me of the Ambiance app theme, groups all available lights to allow easier management.

Simply click on a light will go into its settings page. Allows you to toggle on/off the device, change the hue, saturation, brightness, temperature, as well as manage group.

How to Install Ambience in Linux:

You can install the software easily via flatpak package, which runs in sandbox.

Firstly, follow the setup guide to install flatpak daemon in your Linux. You can then install it via command:

flatpak install flathub io.github.lukajankovic.ambience

For choice, you can build the app from the source code:

Once installed, search for and open ‘Ambience’ from system app launcher.

That’s it. Enjoy!

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a geek who has been working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.