LED light strips can make a great accent to your desk, TV, kitchen or elsewhere in your home. Wouldn’t it be great to build one that can be controlled over WiFi? How about making cool animations that go with a holiday, sports team or time of day. Today, I’m giving my implementation of a WiFi Connected RGB LED Strip that you can use to add some lights and fun to your home.
My wife and I use the garage every day to go in and out our house. Wouldn’t you like to automatically make sure your garage door is closed at night? Or know the status of it when you’re away from the house? Today I’m going to use some inexpensive electronics to turn your standard garage door into a “smart” garage door. This design still keeps all the original functionality of your garage door intact, you won’t have to use an app or website to open the garage door, it just brings the garage door into the digital world.
For this project, we’re going to hook up an ESP8266 to our garage door opener to control over Home Assistant using MQTT. Some hardware you’ll need for this project:
From a software perspective, you’re going to need Home Assistant running with an MQTT broker and an ESP8266 running MicroPython. Check out these blog posts for setting those up:
I’m planning on creating some DIY sensors and switches across my house (more on that in future posts!) and was looking for a good way to communicate over WiFi with them from Home Assistant. If you’ve never heard of MQTT it is described as a “publish-subscribe-based messaging protocol that works on top of TCP/IP”. It … [Read more…]
Automating your lights are a great place to get started with Home Automation. In today’s article, I replaced a traditional light switch with a Z-Wave Plus dimmer switch (GE 14294). Using Home Assistant, my lights automatically dim when someone starts playing content on the Chromecast in my Living Room after sunset. We find it useful to have a very dim light on during the movie so that we can still get up without stepping on stuff and still be able to see what we’re eating.
Some supplies I used:
- Z-Wave Plus Dimmer Switch from GE. Model 14294.
- Dimmable Light Bulbs (I used these)
- Ideal Connectors (optional, but these make it easier)
- A Z-Wave Plus Hub (I use the Aeotec Z-Stack Gen 5)