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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.


On this page you can download all the sources or binaries you will need to create your own Amblone setup.

Creative Commons License
All the Amblone sources and software are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Windows Software - Installer

If you do not want to compile the software yourself, you can download the installer that will install Amblone on your PC. Before installing Amblone, you will need to install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package.

Download Amblone v1.3 Installer

Click here to view the changelog

Older versions:
Download Amblone v1.2.1
Download Amblone v1.2 (No longer available)
Download Amblone v1.1
Download Amblone legacy version

Arduino Software - Source code

The Arduino software has been originally written for the Arduino Mega, but should work on some other Arduino's after some alteration.

Download Arduino Source

Alternative Arduino software

Christian Pigeon altered the Arduino code to work with the Arduino Duemilanove, and was kind enough to share it with us. Check out his blog for more information. This source should also work for the Arduino Uno, since the PWM pin configuration is identical. Please note that the Duemilanove and the Uno only support two RGB channels.
Download Duemilanove/Uno Source

If you would like to use more RGB channels than your Arduino natively supports due to a lack of PWM pins, you could try the Arduino software made by Rich Gilbank, which uses the SoftPWM library. This allows you to softwarematically simulate a PWM on a normal pin. Although the colours may flicker a bit, it is a good alternative to the standard software. Additionally, the software provides some easing on the colour transitions, which can be useful if a high amount of loops per second cannot be achieved.
For installation instructions of the SoftPWM library, please see the Arduino website.
Download Arduino SoftPWM Source

Windows Software - Source code

The software of the Amblone system was created in Visual C++ 2008, as an MFC project.
For version 1.3 and up, you will also need to install the DirectX 9 SDK. You will then need to reference the Direct X libraries in Visual Studio:

Download Amblone v1.3 Visual Studio Project

Older versions:
Download Amblone v1.2
Download Amblone v1.1
Download Amblone legacy version


The documentation is far from complete, but it contains some important information about the PC software and the communication between the Arduino and the PC.

Download Documentation

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.