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Control a LED Stripe via Smartphone with Fibaro RGB or Infrared Controller

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You want to control a RGB LED Stripe via Smartphone, but do not want to miss out on the opportunity to vary colors via IR (Infrared) Remote? This is the instructions.

Not long ago, I explained (Link) ,how to integrate a standard LED Stripe into your Z-Wave-compatible Home Automation, to be able to then control it via smartphone or tablet. Who wishes for a “higher comfort”, can vary the colors of the RGB LED Stripe via smartphone, and on top of that via Infrared Remote, with this following instructions.

The Fibaro RGBW Controller allows radio-based controlling of RGB LED Stripes via Z-Wave-Protocol, as well as the processing of up to four analog inputs. To these four inputs, you can dock the signal of the (IR) Infrared Controller.

Modify the Infrared Controller

In order to do that, the RGB Infrared Controller, which usually comes with any RGB LED Stripe, has to be modified. Who wants to be on the safe side, and does not directly want to tamper with the “original” (IR) Infrared Controller, can find single (IR) Infrared Controllers on Amazon (Link) for just a few euros.

After opening the Infrared Controller, you can find a rather unimpressive circuit board. On this, the Infrared receiver is soldered with three cables. You leave it on this place. Most times directly connected beside it is the LED Stripe with four cables. The three base colors red, green, and blue. The four cables are regarding to its color for the controlling of the respective LED in the LED Stripe. The fourth (black) cable is the + (plus) and serves the 12-Volt supply for the LED Stripe.

Most RGB Stripes are anode-controlled, with the + (plus). Less common is the form in association with the – (minus), cathode-controlled.

First of all, the last mentioned four cables (red, green, blue, black) are going to be soldered. A new RGB cable is put in this place, which has to be connected to the inputs of the Fibaro RGBW Controller on the other end. You can find RGB Cables sold by the meter on eBay (Link: ebay -RGB Kabel). The new wires on the circuit board are connected to the inputs of the Fibaro-Controller as follows:

  • Input 1 – green
  • Input 2 – red
  • Input 3 – blue
  • Input 4 – black (Plus)
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The input-tension in the IR Controller is grinded through to the Fibaro RGB Module

At this point, the soldered cables have to be connected to the output of the Fibaro RGBW Controller, including the connecting piece for the LED-Stripe.

  • R – red
  • G – green
  • B – blue
  • W – (white) (in case of RGBW LED Stripes, this output is for the white channel)
  • the black (Plus +) is connected to the voltage input 12 / 24 VDC)
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Voltage input on the left, inputs of the IR Controller in the middle, port of the LED Stripe on the right

Both controllers, the Infrared as well as the Fibaro RGBW, have to be connected to the same ground (mass). This is important, because the LEDs are anode-controlled and the polarity of LEDs has to be considered, because it would not function otherwise. This can be solved relatively easy, by soldering the two cables on the voltage input of the circuit board of the RGB Infrared Controller. The other end can be shifted to the voltage input (12 / 24 VDC ; GND) of the Fibaro RGBW Controller.

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Everything packed back up in the case of the Infrared Controller

Put all cables back into the Controller-tin afterwards.

Configuration of the Fibaro RGBW Module

In order for the Fibaro RGBW Controller to be able to recognize the command from the input and forward it to the LED Stripe, it should be configured as follows:

Controlled device: RGB (bzw. RGBW falls der LED Stripe einen weiß Kanal hat)

Controlled device – advanced
Keys: Toggle switch

Mode: normal

Associations – settings

Associations (parameter 6): (normal RGBW – synchronized with other producer’s RGB controllers

If you press a color of the Infrared Remote, it should now be displayed visually in the web surface as well as the app.

Works well – but not yet perfect

If I put all three colors on zero, which means turn them “off” via app or web surface and then vary a color via IR Remote afterwards, this works pretty well. But as soon as a color, let us say “blue” is turned on via app and afterwards another color, for instance red, turned on via Infrared Remote, it will add the red to the color blue. This means, it saves the color that was set up via app.

I unfortunately was not able to find a solution for this problem yet. But of course, I will stay at it. If you should have a solution, or an approach, I would be happy to read it in the comments below.

Another small bug at the end. The Fibaro RGB Controller can also measure energy consumption and visually display it in the Fibaro Web Surface or App. In case you should happen to not turn off the Fibaro Controller via App or Web Surface, but just simply pull the power supply out of the plug, the Fibaro Energy Monitor will keep on counting the most recently transmitted results, as if the LED Stripe was still turned on. Let us just count that as a small cosmetic error.  ;-)

About The Author
crissxcross
Hi, I'm crissxcross, qualified IT system electronics. Professionally, I work as a product marketing manager in the Smart Home. And private I am self a Smart Homie :-) If I do not sit in front of the monitor like I photograph and am a big fan of Apple. I am the founder of the SiiO.de blog.
  • Vadim Mousa
    31. July 2014 at 18:19

    Hallo,

    wie ich Deinem bericht entnehme bist Du Hausautomatisierer und Smart Home Fan. Wäre es nicht ne feine Geschichte wenn man sein Haus zum größten Teil über das Smartphone steuern könnte? also nicht über Infrarot sondern über WiFi. So dass man Ortsunabhängig ist.

    • 1. August 2014 at 13:48

      Hallo Vadim,

      natürlich ist die Steuerung per Smartphone eine bequeme Möglichkeit. In dem Beitrag wollte ich aufzeigen, das es möglich ist, neben Smartphone Steuerung auch den IR Controller weiterhin zu verwenden. Nicht immer hat man das Smartphone zur Hand um die LEDs einzuschalten oder deren Farbe zu verändern.

  • Matthias
    29. October 2014 at 13:14

    Hallo,
    ist das Ganze auch mit Homee kompatibel?
    Ich spiele mit dem Gedanken mit Homee zuzulegen und habe grade noch dieses tolle Teil gefunden.

    Viele Dank im voraus

    Matthias

  • flo240683
    13. November 2014 at 9:37

    Würde es nicht auch gehen, wenn man das Kabel vom Netzteil durchtrennt und von dort dann die Verteilung von plus uns minus über eine Klemme auf den Controller und das RGB Modul macht?
    Oder muss das Fibaro Modul zwingend an die Platine angelötet werden?

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