I have a room that has always been on the dark side, that I would like to increase the brightness via strategically positioned light strips.
What types of strips/controllers have people found to work very well once in place?
In particular, my preferences are:
- Maximum brightness very important
- Zigbee if possible, Z-wave next best, Wifi with official driver next, and Wifi with stable community driver
- Automation controllable (preferably not requiring control on/off by plugging into a smart switch)
- Dimmable would be nice
- Color would be fun if marginal impact to brightness
Any pointers would be good as I have just started exploring options and would love avoiding pitfalls others have experienced.
I’ve got quite a few setups:
I bought some Zigbee RGBCCT controllers that work great:
I use them with different light strips depending on where they to - there are quite a few available options.
I also bought four of Inovelli’s light strips which I use to light up a room that use to be quite dark and they work really well.
I am using Cabismart RGBCW (CCT) lights for counter lighting and some other areas that need light. They are very bright. They are Wifi using Tuya platform but I have been in contact with them and they are working on zwave for next year. Amazon.com: LAMPAOUS
I am using these Zigbee Giderwel light strips (currently using 5 sets):
Amazon Link - LED Strip + Zigbee Controller
You can cut them every few feet or so.
If you decide to cut, you will need to use these connectors (snap onto the ends):
Amazon Link - Connectors
Various Extension Cables, 1-to-2 splitters (make sure you choose the V3 6-pin, as the other sizes won't fit):
Extension Cable - V3 6 Pin
Amazon Link - 1-to-2 Splitter V3 6 Pin
There are other lengths for the extension cables you can order.
They fit really nice into these aluminum channels (comes with a diffuser lens that snaps on):
Amazon Link - Aluminum Channels + Diffuser
You can also get these that sit at a 45 degree angle if you don't want this kind that shines straight up. I use the 45 degree angle version for my kitchen under cabinet lighting, and the toe-kick lighting between the cabinets and floor.
Edit: Here is a picture showing the LEDs under cabinet and toe kick...under cabinet is at 30% brightness, and toe kick is at 10% brightness...white color for both is set to 4000K
How did you bring it in to your hub? I have that same light strip and when I pair it it comes in as a Xamoi motion sensor and nothing works.
I changed the device to "Generic ZigBee RGBW Light"
I tried that but is thinks its a Xamoi motion detector and will not control it no matter which RGB driver I choose from the various versions available for zigbee.
It's a 2 step process:
- Change the device driver type to "Generic ZigBee RGBW Light" and hit "save"
- Hit the "configure" button in the new driver scheme
You can always override what Hubitat "thinks" the device should be.