RGB LED Controller (W) Wi-Fi - "Magic Home" series - Arilux

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Proconductor: various
Category: Actuator
Type: LED controller
Technology: Wi-Fi
Installation difficulties: Bassa
Ease of use: Alta
Availability: Amazon
Review review: 1.2
Illumidynamic and multicolored nation in home automation

RGBW Wifi LED ControllerIlluminare through Colored LEDs our environment: it can be done with this home automation actuator called (generically) "Magic Home"

It is in fact a solution based on the ubiquitous SOC ESP8266 (the one on which the actuators are based) Sonoff, or i Shelly) which, through an external DC power supply from 5 to 12-24 volts is able to power LED strips RGB o RGBW / WW.

But let's go step by step; without starting from the pyramids, we explain broadly how these devices work.

The controller is alone one of the three parts which constitute the plant of thelumination based on Multicolored LED. The complete chain, in fact, is composed of a power supply, the controller itself and one or more strips of LEDs.

The LED strips they are micro-LED chains which are able to reprotake thousands of shades of color; they are divided into four-contact strips and three RGB colors and five-contact RGBW-WW strips. The former are the more traditional ones, the latter are equipped with a fourth LED (the "W"Or"WW") able to produrre white light a cold temperature ("W") or hot ("WW").

Such strips usually have one IP certification which determines its ability to be positioned outside or not as it is more or less resistant to moisture (and therefore usable or not in outdoor environments). Finally, the strips are usually "concatenable", meaning that in the queue they offer a useful connector to connect another's head in cascade.

These strips connect exit (to 4 or 5 contacts) of the controller; inbound to the controller, instead, it connects the power supply, energy source for the power supply of the LEDs as well as the controller itself. The strips can also be cut to regulate the correct length in case of meters offered by the reel are excessive - obviously, once cut, a strip will no longer be connected with other strips.

The power supply it must be chosen based on the controller and the strips connected to it. Usually the voltage accepted by this type of controller varies from 5 to the 24 volts; the (maximum) power that can be supplied by the power supply (in Watts) must be chosen in relation to the absorption of the strip (s) used; the choice of the strips used must be made in relation to the maximum power that can be supplied, in Watts, by the controller.

In essence and by way of example: to connect an LED chain with a maximum absorption of 100 Watts both the controller and the power supply will need to support this value. If a power supply and a controller support 150W and the selected LED strip absorbs 10, it will be possible to link up to a maximum of 15 (15x10W = 150W).

12 volt power supply
a typical 12 volt power supply.

Independently from the power supply and from the LEDs in use, the heart of the system is, for theappgreasy, the controller, which transforms the input voltage into specific voltages, on the 4 / 5 output contacts, such as to allow the LED strip to be switched on coherently with the user's choices.

The controller

As anticipated, the controller is based on a simple solution SOC ESP8266, which is able to connect to Wi-Fi and, by specification applation, is controlled in the switching on / off, in the choice of colors, in the intensity luminosa and in any light / color games available.

Tale app, named "Magic Home" (for Android e iOS), gives the name to this category of products, which are available on the market under many different names:

  • Arilux
  • ASMTLED
  • LitaElek
  • DoCooler
  • Magic Light/ Home
  • SODIAL
  • Helight
  • LEDMOMO
  • XZante

and many others. It is essentially always of the same technological object, easily recognizable by the presence of a QR-Code imprinted on the back, which rappresents the download linkapp"Magic Home" control.
It is easy to recognize aalso for the blue superimposed image which identifies the icon of theapp (not to be confused, however, with other similar ones, like the eWeLink):

Detail QR Code Magic HomeMagic Home icon

The controller connects like this:

RGBW Wifi LED Controller - Connection Diagram

Some models - as the scheme above suggests - provide also remote control, which can use either infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF) signals depending on the model. It is clear that the remote control is "one more", since the controller is completely domotic and we're going to control it with the proman app and / or with ours HUB personal.

Obviously a four-contact controller will accept only four-contact strips; similarly the one with five contacts will accept only five-contact strips. It is important to keep this in mind when choosing the productnamento controller / LED strip.

Theapp Magic Home

Theapp, as anticipated, it is necessary both to the first configuration of the device (to make it "enter" the network Wi-Fi domestic) and, subsequently, to punctual control of the effects lumino Yes. While the remote control (if present) allows the LED strip (single or concatenated) to be turned on / off, the intensity adjustment luminosa as well as a rough choice of colors, theapp permette a punctual check in the choice of colors and, above all, the use of special effects based on nice features included.

It is indeed possible to operate predefined animated sequences with variable iridescence (transition from color to color, cyclical, random etc.) as well as an automatism which allows you to vary colors and intensities according to the rhythm of the music (reprodeveloped by the smatphone) or perceived by the microphone (with adjustable sensitivity).

Usage scenarios

Obviously this kind of thelumiNation lends itself to various uses, especially for the versatility of the strips (which can be bent, cut, chained), due to the fact that they are fed at low voltage, to be able to be also water resistant, of no prolast particular heat, to consume little electricity, to be durable.

Gardens, plasterboard constructions, kitchens, wardrobes, garages: the limit to use it's fantasy.

RGBW Wifi LED Controller - 6 Scenarios
possible usage scenarios.

Compatibility

In terms compatibility, these controllers are highly supported. They provide native compatibility with Google Home (Assistant) e Amazon Echo (Alexa) and with IFTTT (where it is identified as "Magic-hue").

Unfortunately none compatibility is offered towards Appthe HomeKit - Siri - HomePod, as far as in the following paragraph we will see how to circumvent the limit.

Domotics integrability

Domotics integration is high.

Home Assistant - Flux Led Magic Light Component
on HA.

Starting from Home Assistant, the known personale HUB presents an ad hoc component for the full integration of these and other similar devices (domotic domes equipped with the same ESP8266 chip as these controllers). This means that in addition to theappMagic Home will be able to check the status and settings of the controllers present in the proenvironment from profirst centralized personal domotics: this opens to the control of LEDs also in the field of complex scenarios automated (eg. "TV viewing sequence: turn on the TV, the SKY decoder, turn off all the lights, turn on the LEDs located behind the TV for comfortable viewing“).
How to implement this integration we have dedicated an ad hoc guide.

Also regarding Homebridge (and therefore lovers of domotics in salsa Apple) a plugin exists ("homebridge-magichome") Which allows full integrationand with this home automation component. We will also dedicate to this theme prossimamente an ad hoc guide.

openHAB it makes no difference: it has of an ad hoc binding for this integration; same thing for Domoticz, which also offers full integration.

A rare case of integrability to 100%.

KIT

Solutions are also available on the market "keys in hand", Which allow you to buy everything you need in a single solution (advantageous, of course).

Obviously these kits will be eventually expandable through any other compatible strips that can be connected in cascade - always compatibly with the maximum load (in Watts) bearable by the controller and power supply; su Amazon the most disparate of these exist kit (starter and / or expansion).

Arilux LED Magic Home Kit
an example of KIT.

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Arilux LED Magic Home Controller - BoAThese kinds of solutions are the ones we like the most for extremely simple reasons:

  • they are simple;
  • They are cheap;
  • They work well;
  • more than anything: they are completely integrable with our personal home automation, whatever thepersonal HUBchosen.

LED controller from the Magic Home series there are many models, as explained, but they are essentially all the same. It will be enough to identify what the set (power supply, controller and LED strip) is for our case to equip us with a system of thelumifunctional, complete and completely domotic technique.


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