I am trying to “make smart” some outdoor marine lights (see picture below)
In simple, these are now connected simply with an internal wall switch…
how can I make it “smart” and “connected to openhab”? initially, I tough that they were “bulb”, therefore my idea was to just replace the bulb with some "connected bulb (like IKEA), but then I found out that they are LED…
What can you suggest?
please keep in mind it is a rental property, therefore I am after a solution which is cheap and “less invasive”…
i whuld go with Shelly , it has built in MQTT, so you dont need to flash
and you can put on the light itself(most of my lights are in the light fixture)
can you run wires from the light to the switch ?
if yes you can contorl the light with the already built in rocker switch in the wall
in openhab you just need to configre an MQTT device and you are good
it depends on the switch box. you can mount it inside the switch box at the switch. and use the normal switch as well as manual on/off
or you can use the sonoff T1 oor there touch . and once you want to move just re install the old switches ?
That is sort of a problem. this can either void some agreements in your rental contract. but if you perhaps discuss it with the owner and agree that you will return the electrical system back to original stat before end of contract it would be fine. i have that agreement with one of our tenants. and it is fine by me. as long as it is safe and would not fail a COC.
You could use a zwave smart switch made by fibaro, aeon labs etc but these would need also a zwave USB controller to plug into your server and a bit of setting up. Additionally if you are moving to canada I think the zwave frequency is different over there, so ‘legally’ you wouldnt be able to use them.
If you are wanting to wirelessly make a smart light out of what you have got, by the cheapest means possible I would suggest some type of smart switch that is wifi based and compatible with an existing binding of OH2.
Perhaps this might be one of the options:
It works on 100V-240V, so you would be able to take it with you when you move.
Setup may be a bit tricky though. I dont think there is a full binding to work with these modules as they come out of the box. It seems the best option is to flash a new firmware into them and use another binding like MQTT for the tasmota firmware for example.
Cheaper price = more work for you haha
thank you for the suggestion… I like the Sonoff products…
my big question is on the “standard” I should set my home… WiFi, zwave or ZigBee…
saying this, my RaspBerry Pi has been already equipped with ZigBee following the instruction here and my “fear” is to not overkill the wifi bandwidth/capacity with too many wifi IoT devices…
you mentioned that in USA/Canada there might be a different ZWave standard/frequency… it that the same for ZigBee? what do you think about the Sonoff Basic R3 ZigBee? I could not find the ZigBee version for the Sonoff Mini; does it exist?
thoughts on my “fear of overkill” the wifi with too many IoT? is it OK to plan a “hybrid Home” (WiFi + ZigBee)?
I use zwave and wifi.
I am yet to include zigbee but I dont have the USB device yet.
I have some old zigbee plug sockets that I want to use eventually.
I believe zigbee and zwave are different for the USA unfortunatly