What’s the solution you’ve developed to control LIFX lights without the app?
These are mine:
- Amazon Dash Wand
- Amazon Echo Dots
- Flic Buttons
The Dash Wand isn’t just a barcode scanner, it’s also a portable Alexa. It’s great when I have guests over and shouting over everyone to command Alexa is futile. Since it’s only the cost of tax, it was a pretty cheap buy, and I can carry it around the house with me.
Flic buttons are amazing. You can stick them anywhere so they don’t just have to go on the wall next to your light switches. I have some stuck underneath countertops so I don’t have to walk to the wall everytime I wanna turn on the lights and a couple on my computer desk. Since the sticky stuff is strong but not permanent, I can move them to another location without damaging my walls and furniture.
I have them paired with Raspberry Pis around the house which gives me full control over their actions without a phone. The Node.js controller software I wrote allows me to:
- Control LIFX, WeMo, NodeMCU microcontrollers, and anything else by sending out HTTP requests based on the type of button press.
- Turn off a scene or multiple groups at once (not supported in the Flic software or even Alexa).
- Shorten the debounce time so they’re more responsive.
- Add more press types such as double-press-and-hold, triple-press, etc. This reduces the amount of buttons I have to have on each wall.
More on the Flic button code here:
What about you guys?