I really hate Phillips Hue because it's always a hassle to integrate them without some weird bridge or workaround. So what's the solution? Kick Phillips hue out of your smart home. Easy! But then I got my hands on two free Being Ceiling Lights. So I wondered if there was a way to integrate them without capitulating to the Phillips ecosystem. There is a way with just a simple shelly rgbw2 controller. Here are the steps:
You pop open the lamp and remove the circuit board present in the lamp
You connect the shelly to power and ground
You connect the wires labeled C, G, and F with the shelly
You connect the VCC wire to the power supply
And there you have it. Lights with a nice shell controlled via MQTT or HTTP. I assume this works with similar Hue products but I haven't gotten my hands on them yet.
At the end just a quick explainer for the software: fresh out of the box the controller comes in RGBW mode but can be switched to 4xWhite mode. Just go into the setting labeled "Device Type"