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Osram Releases Lightify REST API

By Casey Houser
April 19, 2016

Osram has developed its Lightify Home software to allow consumers to control the sources of light in their homes. Lightify can connect to all manner of lights and switches to change the color temperature or RGB values that brighten any room. Until now, however, the system has been closed to outside development.

Osram’s latest announcement concerns its release of the new Lightify REST API that developers can use to connect their home-grown apps to the full Osram system. As the company’s announcement points out, this will allow developers to create apps for desktop and mobile devices that function either on their own or in tandem with other home automation applications. Timon Rupp, a lead developer of Lightify at Osram, called this opportunity limitless.

“Thanks to its link to the cloud, the interface offers virtually unlimited ways to design your lighting at home – regardless of where you happen to be at the time,” Rupp said. “As a result, creative people with programming knowledge can create their own light management.”

Rupp’s company’s manufacture of various products such as lighting modules, semiconductors for LEDs, light engines for LEDs, and power supplies help round out its full compliment of hardware. These products have the potential to interact with software control powerhouses such as Lightify; readers here can envision the connections between them all. When combined with home automation applications, it is easy to see why the system could have near-boundless uses and configurations.

This is part of the reason why Osram is currently making its way through shows such as LIGHTFAIR International 2016 where it can show off the best of its new releases.

Although hardware may take center stage at that show, the new Lightify API should not remain unnoticed. Developers want control over their systems, and the new REST API can place control in their hands.

This is the type of interaction between end users and businesses that the upcoming All About the API conference will discuss. Its speakers and booths will demonstrate the intimate connection that programming interfaces can create – everything from website-to-website interaction to home automation at stake.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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