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Simple scripting language for LIFX lights

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Bardolph Project

Al Fontes -

Bardolph is a facility for controlling LIFX ( lights through a simple scripting language. It is targeted at people who would like to control or experiment with their lights in an automated way, using a minimal amount of coding.

Using their names, you can control individual lights, groups or locations. Or, just pick a color for all the lights on your network. If you have any multi-zone lights, the language allows you to set colors for specific zones.

The program does not use the Internet to access the bulbs, and no login is required; all of its communication occurs over the local WiFi network. You can edit scripts with a basic text editor and run them from the command line.

The language may be missing some constructs you might expect, such as loops and arithmetic expressons, as it's still under development. However, it is also very simple, and should be usable by non-programmers.

Quick Examples

Here is a script, named, that will turn on all your lights:

duration 1.5 on all

You run it with:


In this case, lsrun is a bash shell script that become available after you install Bardolph.

The duration parameter says to slowly shut off the lights over a period of 1.5 seconds, which is a much nicer experience than abruptly turning them off with no dimming.

Another example,, sets all the lights to a deep shade of red:

duration 1.5 hue 350 saturation 80 brightness 80 kelvin 2700
set all

To run it:


The application executes in the foreground as long as a script is running. In this example, the application will run for 5 minutes.

As a convenience, you can pass a script as a command-line parameter using lsrun -s, followed by the script code in a quoted string. For example, to turn off all the lights from the keyboard:

lsrun -s 'off all'

Web Server

web screenshot

The web server component makes scripts available in a user-friendly manner. It implements a simple web page that lists available scripts and provides a 1:1 mapping betwen scripts and URL's. The server is designed to run locally, on your WiFi network.

For example, if have a machine with the hostname myserver.local, you could launch the script by going to http://myserver.local/all-on with any browser on your WiFi network. Because scripts can run over a long period of time, even indefinitely, a cheap, dedicated device like a Raspberry Pi is an ideal way to host the web server.

Python API

I've attempted to make it easy to use Bardolph scripts in your Python code. For some uses, this may be significantly easier than learning and using a full-purpose Python library. For example, here's a complete program that waits 5 seconds, turns all the lights off, and turns them on again after another 5 seconds:

from bardolph.controller import ls_module

ls_module.queue_script('time 5 off all on all')

System Requirements

The program has been tested on Python versions at or above 3.7.

Because I haven't done any stress testing, I don't know the limits on script size. Note that the application loads the encoded script into memory before executing it.

I've tested the program on MacOS Monterey 12.0.1, a Raspberry Pi Zero W controlling 6 devices, a Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 4.

Go Try It

For full documentation and download options, please see the main website.

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