Recently I bought a “Magic Home” or some similar brand RGBWC controller (RGB + warm white + cool white) for a few pounds on Aliexpress. It’s a very common model on ebay, says it accepts 9-24V (I gave it 12) and looks similar to this:
(Except mine was the RGBWC version with 6 output pins)
Anyway it worked for a while (actually only connected to a very short RGBW strip), then I may have shorted out something and then whenever I connected the green, all the other colours went dull and it behaved erratically. I opened it up and considered replacing the tiny little mosfets on the output stage, then changed my mind.
I bought this for testing, as I’m building a new home. I really like this because it was small and cheap, and could potentially be put into a standard wall back box.
But I would really prefer something that accepts a wired connection, and is also similarly cheap (although obviously won’t be so tiny). I prefer wired for permanent installations, and as I’m fitting out the home, and may end up actually relying on the light these strips give, it makes sense).
I know, the saying goes “pay peanuts, get monkeys”. But can anyone recommend a slightly more robust RGBW controller (don’t need warm and cool white) that works over wifi, even if it’s not quite so cheap? I want to get about 20 for the home, so they can’t be ridiculously expensive, ideally under £15 each. But slightly higher quality?
What about wired versions? Anyone tested ones that can be controlled over a wired network (either CAT6, DMX, or anything else that will interface with relative ease to openHAB)?