ESP8266 bulbs that work with diyhue

I have recently discovered the diyHue project.

I understand I can use the project to make WiFi bulbs based on the ESP8266 chipset (much cheaper than hue bulbs) be part of a hue entertainment zone running on a hue emulator within diyHue and then address the entertainment zone the way I normally do (hue sync box, other iOS apps with support for hue entertainment).

  1. Please confirm my above understanding is correct?

  2. Please confirm that ESP8266 bulbs will work best compared to Zigbee bulbs if my primary goal is to use bulbs with Hue entertainment?

  3. If yes to both #1 and #2, can I get a recommendation of ESP8266 based bulbs that I can directly buy off Amazon that don’t require me to fudge with changing the chipset and enable direct flashing without much fuss with the diyHue provided custom firmware? Bulbs that are known to work best with hue entertainment would be best. I believe Per the documentation, I need RGB-CCT bulbs, like the MiLight FUT105 but those require me to change the chipset to ESP8266—looking for bulbs where I don’t have to do that.

  4. Genuine hue bridge maxes out at 10 devices per entertainment zone. Would diyHue’s emulator allow me to exceed this limit if I used ESP8266 bulbs?

Appreciate any help the diyHue community can provide on my questions.


I think we currently have issues with the Hue Sync Box registration on diyhue bridge. Hue Sync, Hue Essentials and at last some Philips TV’s are working fine with entertainment areas (probably more).

We have no factory bulbs that work directly with diyhue or that can be flashed easy. My recommendation for entertainment lights is to go with WS2812 strips and use our Hue Gradient Strip firmware for ESP8266 boards (ex: Wemos D1 mini).

We have no lights limit on entertainment areas, but i think Hue app will not allow you to add more than 10 lights, maybe Hue Essentials will work here.

I tried to attract others’ attention, but failed. Can you tell me can i use orange pi instead of raspberry pi??

Hi, You can also use Orange PI. To lower the possible incompatibility problems caused by libraries (Orange PI usually has outdated software) i recommend to use the docker image.