How I made my own Hue light strips for cheap 2022-04-30 13:00:40


Room LED strip light

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I’ve experimented with a variety of remote work arrangements over the past decade. From the bedroom setting to the sofa or dining table, I’ve done it all. But when I recently started rebuilding my home office, I knew good lighting would be essential. This was even more important because despite having large windows, my apartment doesn’t get enough natural light. that it Well trust Lighting can affect mood, productivity, and mental health.

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However, like a smart home Buff, there was no way I’d be satisfied with just a few table lamps. Sure I wanted excellent lighting, but I also wanted to create automation around the lighting fixtures. I needed to turn on the lights the moment I entered the room. Someone at the front door? I want to blink a DIY linear light. Hosting a party? How about animating RGB fade effects. You hold my drift. right Now, Philips Hue Lights can achieve a lot of that. The point is – the purchase in the system is very expensive.

I wasn’t going to let expensive Hue strips get in the way of my smart lighting plans.

For the meters of LED strips I would need to achieve my goal, buying on the Hue platform required me to take out a small loan. However, the precious light will not hinder my hopes and dreams. Like any self-respecting reformer, I knew the answer. It was time to take out the soldering iron and build my own smart LED lights.

DIY Hue LED Strip Lights

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Smart LED strip is very simple by design. It uses a combination of LED diodes, a control board and a power source. Individually addressable LEDs allow you to get much of the same effects as Hue bulbs because they can be so well controlled individually. In fact, you can think of them as individual pixels in a long string. It is possible to change the colors or control the status of each individual LED on the strip. Moreover, you can mix and match them to create interesting shades or effects.

For my purpose, I chose a combination of SK812 ($54) And WS2812B ($32) Strips for desk and ambient lighting. The only functional difference between the two is that the former adds an extra white diode for better control of white lighting.

Setting up your own system avoids proprietary lockouts and allows you to easily integrate the lights into many home automation platforms.

With the LED strips sorted, the next step was to choose a controller. It is definitely possible to get it Wi-Fi based control panels From amazon, but if you’re building something, you might as well go for the whole pig. Prefabricated control panels may ship with their own applications, or come with a remote control, but they lack the versatility of being able to connect to existing systems. Building your own console also means you can sync multiple light strips to match settings, connect the lights to home automation software, and add more functionality over time. It is the obvious path to follow.

Build your own rgb led controller board 1

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Since I based my project on open source WLEDI chose to buy cheap chips Node MCU based on ESP8266. This $10 board supports Wi-Fi, works via micro-USB, and has more than enough intelligence to control nearly a thousand LEDs. It would be more than enough for my needs.

Installing software on the console has never been easier. It is a simple matter to connect the Node MCU to your computer via USB, and head to a file WLED websiteChoose your forum and click install. Once installed, the panel will create its own access point to pair with your home Wi-Fi network.

Book bag with all RGB lights lit

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From there, connecting the board to my LED strip was a straightforward command to connect three cables. One is positive, one is negative, and one is for the actual data communication between the controller and the LEDs. I threw in an external power supply as well since my bookcase has roughly 500 LEDs.

This is. At a total cost of approximately $60, less than two square metres philips hue tapeI’ve been able to make my own RGB lights that can be controlled via Wi-Fi. Between my bookcase and the task lamp above my desk, I have a total of 14 feet of light, which would have cost me nearly $700 had I chosen the Hue ecosystem.

HomeSmart auxiliary LED lights

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Not only can the lights be controlled via Wi-Fi, but they also come with an app and appear as an LED strip when paired with an Alexa-based speaker. But most important to me is the fact that the lights integrate beautifully into the Home Assistant installation. I can build any automation that comes to my mind and connect it to any light on my network.

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I’ve actually built an automation that takes motion detection inputs from the camera above the front door to switch the light on in my study. Furthermore, the system is infinitely expandable using any other additions I may make in the future. This simplicity and scalability are a real selling point for a DIY approach to any electronics, smart light strips included.

My smart lighting system is infinitely expandable with any other additions I might make in the future.

Home assistant controls for multiple LED segments

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Get Attractive Buying In Hue ecosystem. The company has invested heavily in building a wide range of switches, switches, and accessory products that work with LEDs. However, DIY RGB lights based on a WLED project can achieve all of that and more when used with the Home Assistant. The software comes with more than 100 different built-in light scenes that go beyond simple brightness and color controls. Using the Home Assistant turns on the lights to control any device that can be connected to the home automation software. Of course, this means any and all Zigbee-based products including those sold under the Hue badge. For example, my motion detection automation is taking input data from the Ubiquiti Protect camera. This would not be possible with Hue bulbs.

Look, I get that the DIY approach can seem daunting. But the huge amount of documents available online makes it less difficult. Not only can you save a little money in the DIY way, but it’s a great learning experience during a fun weekend project. As for me, I’m really looking for the nooks and crannies to mount the RGB lights in.

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