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Amblone Amblone stands for Ambilight Clone, and it is an open source 'Do It Yourself' solution for imitating Philips Ambient Lighting Technology. It projects light on the wall behind your TV or monitor in the colours that are currently on the screen.

Welcome to the official Amblone website! Here you can find all the information on what Amblone is, download all the sources and binaries for the Amblone system and learn how you can build your own Amblone setup.

What is Amblone?

diy ambilight for pc doe het zelf Amblone stands for Ambilight Clone, and it is an open source 'Do It Yourself' solution for imitating Philips Ambient Lighting Technology. It projects light on the wall behind your TV or monitor in the colours that are currently on the screen. The lighting is achieved by a number of RGB LED strips that are mounted on the backside of the screen. The strips are controlled by one Arduino microcontroller, which is connected via USB to a PC. The PC captures the bitmap from the screen, calculates the average RGB values of the screen, and sends the information to the Arduino. It's also possible to select a static colour for the LED strips to output, or sweep the entire colour spectrum at an arbitrary speed. Amblone is ideal for intensifying your gaming or movie watching experience, and adding atmosphere to your room.

Why should I choose Amblone?

Amblone is certainly not the first system that creates an Ambilight effect. Some other solutions have been developed that more or less realize the same effect as Amblone. Some of these are complete commercial products, some are DIY projects like Amblone. For more information, go to www.ambilight4pc.com.
However, we believe that Amblone offers some advantages that others do not.
But there's no free lunch. There are also some drawbacks to the approach Amblone takes. We list them here to prevent any disappointments.

What do I need to create an Amblone system?

Amblone works by calculating the average screen colour of a screen that is connected to a PC. For this reason, it does not work for standalone TV, DVD players or gaming consoles. If you want to use Amblone on your TV, you will have to connect it to your PC, and play your videos from there.

A standard Amblone system consists of software, a microcontroller, RGB LED strips, and some electronic parts. Here's a complete list:

See the guide for more details.

Philips and Ambilight are trademarks owned by Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
We are in no way associated with Philips, and we do not suggest we are distributing an Ambilight system. The names 'Philips' and 'Ambilight' are merely mentioned as a comparison with Amblone. We are not associated with any vendors mentioned on this website. We are not responsible for any of their products or services, nor the damage caused by them. We are not responsible for any damage caused by following any directions on this website.