Luminous Logitech Litra on Linux

Written by Derick Rethans / Original link on May. 24, 2022

Luminous Logitech Litra on Linux

London, UK
Tuesday, May 24th 2022, 16:17 BST

I have been working on developing a course for Xdebug, PHP's Debugger. I am now close to start making the first recordings, so I thought it would be good to invest in some lighting and a green screen.

The light that I bought is a Logitech Litra Glow, but once it arrived I quickly found out that if you want to control its brightness and light temperature, you need a Windows or macOS app. I have neither, bummer. It was not a total disaster as there are buttons on the light to do the same.

When I have had "Windows/macOS" only tech in the past, there was usually already somebody who has reverse engineered it. For my old TomTom smart watch, there was ryanbinns/ttwatch, which I ended up contributing to.

It turned out that the Logitech Litra was no exception. I found a Python implementation of a command line and UI tool, which does the job after messing around with some UDEV rules to allow non-root users make use of it:

sudo su -
echo 'SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="046d", ATTRS{idProduct}=="c900", MODE:="0666", GROUP="plugdev"' > /etc/udev/rules.d/82-litra-glow.rules
udevadm control --reload-rules && udevadm trigger

After I plugged in the light again, I could now control it through the Python UI and command line tools.

However, a separate tool is not really what I was after. I rather would like to control it from my Elgato Stream Deck through a Go application that I have written for it. Although I could configure it to use a command line tool invocation, I thought it would be nicer if I could control it directly from that Go applications. Which meant that I had to write a Go driver for it.

Stream Deck controlling Litra

Building on top of the work on the Python driver, I extracted the specific bytes to send to the USB device, and wrapped that with the derickr/go-litra-driver. After some research into how to talk directly with a USB device, that turned out to be not too hard. I could now control the Litra from Go!

The next step was to integrate the driver into my Stream Deck control app. I added a configuration with 2 different colour temperatures, and each with three light levels. Combined with a state to turn the light off, that makes seven configurations that the button can cycle through.

Success! I can now control the Logitech Litra Glow from my Stream Deck.


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