I created few LED Lighting projects and would like to share them with the community.
The required hardware is:
- Lighting Controller is Pixelblaze (https://electromage.com/).
- All LED Strips/Matrix are based on WS2812b (or similar) addressable LEDs.
NOTE: Pixelblaze does not support regular RGB(WW) LED strips but supports
many various addressable LEDs such as WS2812b. The advantage is - each
LED could be individually controlled. Of course, it is possible to use these
addressable LED Strips/Matrix as a regular RGB(WW) strips but not vice versa.
- Thanks to @zranger1 there is a HE Driver for the Pixleblaze:
[RELEASE] Pixelblaze addressable LED Controller Driver v1.00
So, integration with HE is very easy and straight forward. Pixelblaze is a WiFi device
but all controls are local, no any Internet/Cloud services are required.
Pixelblaze projects are DIY. So some soldering and assembly skills are required.
Pixelblaze also required some programming but there are tons of ready to go
lighting patterns already available. Plus Pixelblaze community is very helpful.
The final results are outstanding.
As of today all my LED Strips are controlled by Pixelblaze and integrated with HE.
I don't want to make this initial post too long and populated with Pixelblaze
codes, HE RM rules, pictures and videos
But if anybody is interested in any of my projects I will be happy to shear
everything in order to reproduce them. Simply please let me know which
project you want to reproduce.
Here is a list of my current Pixelblaze/HE LED lighting projects.
(Most complicated are listed first.)
Scrolling Text and Info Display
This one displays current values in 4 sec interval:
- CO2 Level;
- Internal Temperature;
- External Temperature;
- Internal Humidity;
- External Humidity;
When front door is opened from outside it displays scrolling welcome message for 30 sec.
In theory it can display anything you want. Number of displayed parameters is unlimited
but displaying too many different parameters become annoying instead of being helpful.
So, it is limited to 5. Also scrolling for the displaying is not used for the same reason.
Display Matrix is 2 of 8x32 LED Matrix something like this one:
Of course, you must have all related Sensors already integrated with HE.
Kitchen Undercounter LED Lighting.
I leave in old apartment building. Unfortunately all Kitchen Outlets are on the same
20A circuit. Of course, I cannot turn on power hungry appliances such as Microwave,
Kettle, Coffee Maker at the same time. So, each of these things are controlled by
Zigbee Sengled Smart Plug with power reporting capability. HE knows what is
already turned On and disables all other power hungry appliances from being accidentally
turning On. Thanks to Pixleblaze, under cabinet LED Strip shows in colors what is
already running (red), what is disabled (blue) and what still could be turned On (green).
Normal under cabinet lighting is entire strip warm white (2700K).
Lighted Picture frame.
This simply runs nice lighting pattern during day time.
LED Strip is mounted behind picture frame.
Normally the entire strip is warm white color (2700K).
On Holidays it runs set of different lighting patterns.
Living Room lighting.
This one runs a static lighting pattern (nothing is blinking and moving)
but strip segments have different colors.
As I already mentioned, I will be happy to provide more details for each project