The BEST Digital LED Strip Light Tutorial – DIY, WIFI-Controllable via ESP, MQTT, and Home Assistant



Hello!

Today, I’m bringing you a video of one of my favorite things – digital LED strips! These LED strips are everywhere these days, but getting started with them can seem daunting and I want to change that. In this video, I’ll be covering the basics on how to choose the right strip, strategies for mounting and powering them, how to control the strip(s) using a NodeMCU chip, and of course, how to automate your home with them.

If you haven’t done anything with digital LED strips yet, you should change that! This project is easy peasy and very very cool. And best of all, not super expensive! As always, if you have any questions, let me know.

Cheers,
Ben

*****UPDATE*****
The statement I made in this video about voltage drop on the data line isn’t exactly correct. The LED drivers are a shift register and the signal is amplified as it goes through the preceeding LED driver.
There is likely no theoretical maximum length for these digital LED strips. However, as the strip gets longer, it takes more time to transmit the signal and the refresh rate becomes slower. Thanks to @mitchese1 for pointing that out!

—Wiring Diagram, Arduino Code, and Home Assistant Code—

https://github.com/bruhautomation/ESP-MQTT-Digital-LEDs

—Parts Used—

Digital RGB Leds – http://geni.us/8mBml
NodeMCU – http://geni.us/4pVoT
Aluminum Mounting Channel/Diffuser – http://geni.us/JBDhv7
12v to 5v Step Down – http://geni.us/PghhV9
12V 15amp Power Supply – http://geni.us/8rKC
Strip Connector – http://geni.us/OL7tHv
Logic Level Shifter – http://geni.us/4hJAyy
20 Guage Wire – http://geni.us/2MBYAXF
Cable Chase – http://geni.us/lFqD
Project Box – http://geni.us/kZRgaj
Header Wires – http://geni.us/GniKAX
Power Jacks – http://geni.us/7Ywdut

— The Tech I Use —

http://geni.us/bruhkit

—Music Credit —

Time Stands Still by Sappheiros

—Resources—

My Website – http://www.bruhautomation.com
Home Assistant – https://home-assistant.io/
HA Forum – https://community.home-assistant.io/
HA Chatroom – https://gitter.im/balloob/home-assistant
HA GitHub – https://github.com/home-assistant

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