Connecting LIFX Bulbs with Vera (Z-Wave)

A quick guide on how I got my bulbs (sort of!) connected to my Vera network. No real trickery here. And the bulbs themselves aren’t yet added, instead, I focused on creating common scenes and made scenes in Vera.

What’s needed:

  1. A Raspberry Pi (or other *nix computer that you’re happy with keeping on all the time)
  2. Ensure it has a static IP on your local network – otherwise if the IP keeps changing, this won’t work too well. For mine, the IP is
  3. Ruby v2.0 (Raspbian has an older version, so I had to follow these instructions to get 2.0 installed: ( (this took forever to finsih!!)
    1. sudo aptitude update
    2. sudo aptitude install git-core
    3. curl -L | bash -s stable –ruby
    4. pi@raspberrypi ~ $ source /home/pi/.rvm/scripts/rvm
  4. Make sure root can see the new file by changing the /bin/ruby binary to point to the new ruby that is placed somewhere obscure in your own folder. For me, it: /home/cdrum/.rvm/rubies/ruby-2.1.3/bin/ruby
    1. sudo ln -s ruby /home/cdrum/.rvm/rubies/ruby-2.1.3/bin/ruby
  5. The (unofficial) Ruby HTTP API for controlling LIFX bulbs: (and follow those instructions on getting it installed), but the long and the short of it is:
    1. rvmsudo gem install lifx-http
    2. Note here i’m using rvmsudo – this was key to ensure that the gems are installed systemwide, and that root, during the installation, gets my new ruby 2.1.x environment (otherwise you’ll get complaints that LIFX requires >= Ruby 2.0.
I wrote a simple php script to help generate the Lua code (the language Vera uses) that you can paste into the Scene configuration.
Running my script, you will get a result that looks similar to this:
In Vera, go ahead and create a scene and click on the Luup tab:

Paste the Lua code that is generated from the script above, save, reload, and now you should have a working scene that controls LIFX bulb(s)!!


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