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LED Cabinet Lighting

Installing LED lighting strips to cabinets using WIFI, Infrared or Hard wired control

 

Control

  • WiFi control using Android or IOS app and WIFI controller

  • Infrared Control using Infrared remote and control box        

  • Hard wired control using a modified inline controller           

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    WiFi control using Android or IOS app and WiFi controller

    A small control unit connects by WiFi to your router and by using a free app you can control the LED strips.

    This setup gives you the most control and will allow all the following types of LED strips to be controlled.

    Single white LED strips- On Off and dimming

    Warm white and Cool white LED strips- On Off, dimming and mixing of white light colour

    RGB LED strips- On Off, dimming and unlimited colour control

    RGBW LED strips or RBG and seperate White LED strip- On Off, dimming, unlimited colour control and individual control of white light

    RGBWW LED strips or RGB LED strips with seperate warm white and cool white LED strips-  On Off, dimming, unlimited colour control and individual control and mixing white light colour

     

    In addition to the above also included in the app are custom fades, flashing and sound to light control on all LED stripes.

    The app is available on Android and IOS

    or by scanning the barcode below with your mobile.

     

    The WiFi controller is powered from a mains LED transformer. The 12 or 24v output from the transformer connects to the V- & V+ terminals on the controller.

    There are output terminals on the controller for V+,R,G,B,Warm White & Cool White LED strip connections.

    The Magic Home App connects to your router to allow you to control the lighting from your phone.

    You can connect extra controllers/Magic Home bulbs and these can then be individually controlled by the app.

     

     

     

     

     

    WiFi Controller

    Top view showing specs

     

     

    Top view with connection cover removed

     

     

    Connection block close up

     

    Power LED (Red) top with Link LED (Green) below

    The hole on the right is the reset switch activated by inserting the included pin.

     

     

     

     

     

    Magic Home Setup

    Download and install magic home Android or  IOS on your mobile.

     

     

    Power up your Magic Home controller and on your phone WiFi settings you should see the controller listed under "LEDnet*****"

    Connect to the controller.

     

     

    Open Magic Home app by pressing the icon on your phone.

     

     

     

    Wait while your phone scans and detects the controller.

     

     

    Once connected there are three ways to control your device.

    Single Mode to directly connect to the device.

    Network Mode to connect the device to the router so you can connect as many controller as you like.

    Remote control by internet to to control our WiFi controller from anywhere in the world again via your router.

     

    For my setup I choose Network Mode.

    Click settings and connect the controller to your Router.

     

    When the Magic Home App is opened it will scan your router and show you a list of all connected controllers.

    Long press a controller to Add to a group, rename it or change device type.

    Press the power button icon on the right of the controller name to turn the decive On or Off (the device will remember it's exact state if turned off and on from the main power source).

    To enter the main control app press on the device name.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Changing device type

    In this menu you can select the type of LEDs connected to your controller.

    The wiring layout for each LED type to the controller is also shown.

    Depending on the device type you select extra menu items on the main controller screen will be activated.

    For example is you have RGBWW LEDs a CCT menu will appear as a tab when you enter the application.

    This is a extra control function for mixing the White LEDs from cool to warm white.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Main Application

    The main app is accessed by tapping on the device name.

     

     

     

     

    The main window will open with a list of menu functions along the bottom depending on the device type set under "device type".

    On the top of each page is the setting icon to go back to the menu above, the name of the controller, a timer button to set up On/Off/Repeat times and the LED strip can also be turned On/Off using the power button.

     

    Colors

    This menu allows you to set the colour of the LED strip by dragging your finger over the colour wheel and adjusting the brightness by using the slider control.

    There are 5 preset buttons that can be programmed by selecting a colour on the colour wheel and then a brightness setting and then long pressing one of the preset buttons.

    The colour is set when the preset button changes to the set colour and brightness % is shown on the button.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CCT

    The CCT menu allows you to mix the cool white and warm white LEDs to match your surroundings/activity.

    There are four preset and 4 DIY setting for you to set custom white colours.

     

     

     

     

     

    Functions

    The Functions menu contains 20 preset functions.

    Select the function and adjust the speed of the function using the speed controller.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Customs

    The Customs menu allows you to create your own functions setting up colours, gradual, jumping, strobe and speed of change.

    These functions are then named and stored ready to be sent to your controller.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Music

    Music turns your LED strip into sound to light depending on the music selected from your phone.

    The LED strip will flash and change colour depending on the sound/beat of the music.

    There are four pesets for Rock,Normal,Jazz and Classical sound to light effects.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Disco

    Disco uses your phones microphone to contol the sound to light.

    There is a sensitivity adjustment slider.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Camera

    The camera function uses the camera to set the colour of the LED lighting.

    In manual mode just hold the phone over a coloured object and press the ColorPix button and the LED lights will change to the colour on the screen.

    In Auto mode the colour changes dynamically as the camera is moved over different colours.

     

    The LEDs are set to the colour in the camera window.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Infrared Remote Controller

    The infrared controller comes with a remote and a power supply (not shown)

     

     

    Remote Key Functions

    + Brightness (8 levels) - Brightness (8 levels) Pause / Run On / Off
    Red Green Blue White
    Orange Light Green Dark Blue Milk White
    Dark Yellow Cyan Lyon Blue White Pink
    Yellow Light Blue Purple Green White
    Light Yellow Sky Blue Mauve Blue White
    Red + Green + Blue + Speed Up
    Red - Green - Blue - Speed Down
    DIY1 DIY2 DIY3 Auto Change
    DIY4 DIY5 DIY6 Flash On / Off
    3 Colour Strobe 3 Colour Strobe 3 Colour Strobe 3 Colour Strobe

     

     

    If your phone is Android and has an Infrared Blaster built in there are Apps to controll the LEDs from your phone.

    Here is an example RGB iR Remote LED there are many others on the Google Play Store.

    App instructions

    44 / 24 buttons Remote control for RGB LED Strip, Lamp.
    This application simulates the 44 / 24 keys ir remote control distributed with RGB LED devices from china.
    Works on all devices with Android 4.4 kitkat and infrared transmitter ( ir blaster )

    Remember to point the infrared transmitter directly to the receiver.
    LG/Sony is not supported since it use an own proprietary closed interface rather than standard Android interface.
    *Use the power button of the different remote controls in the app to find the right controller that turns on your LED lights

    RGB full colors LED strip controller.
    on/off
    Dimmer up, dimmer down.
    play pause.
    20 static colours, auto, flash, 3 colors jump change, 7 colors jump change, 3 colors gradual change, 7
    colors gradual change and 6 user defined colors.
    Speed of dynamic can adjust; Brightness of static can adjust.
    When users define colors, press custom key to enter the modes, then press red, blue,
    green add/reduce these 6 keys to mix colors.(Press any key out of the custom area to quit the
    custom modes, if not, the keys are unavailable). When pressing the custom key the second time, the
    current colour will be saved, if press next time, will show the latest saved colour.

     

     

     

     

     

    Hard wired control using a modified inline controller

    A LED controller switches the LED strip On/Off and also adjusts the brightness up and down

    and has additional built in functions for various dynamic flashing and fading modes if required.

    The controller is made up from a blank chrome wall switch plate and a modified

    12V 12A Mini Single Colour LED Strip Tape Controller Dimmer board.

     

    Below, modified 12V 12A Mini Single Colour LED StripTape Controller Dimmer

     

     

    Item color: white
    Auto memorize function
    Single color dynamic modes
    Work Voltage : 12V DC
    Control: Brightness, flashing, flashing modes
    Button:3 Keys
    Used for:Single color led strip(5050,3528,5630)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hacking the controller

    Peel off the label from the heat shrink sleeve and set it aside.

    Cut away the white plastic heat shrink over the circuit board to reveal the PCB with stick on buttons.

    The buttons are held in place by clear tape.

    Peel away the clear tape and remove the button tops.

     

     

    This will leave the button contacts exposed so the wires from the PCB switches can be soldered in place.

     

    Turn the board over and remove the soldered 12v and LED wires.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Controller Construction

    Connect 3 PCB mount switches to the Vero board then fix the control board above

    to the top of the Vero board with hot melt glue.

    Connect 6 control wires from the old button contacts on the PCB to the new switches on the Vero board.


     

    A terminal block is then soldered to the (LED) OUT +ve and +12v of the circuit board.

    The block is hot melt glued to the Vero board.

    Stick the button label removed earlier onto the Vero board.

     

    Glue the Vero board with attached ctrl PCB to the back of the wall plate making sure the holes are aligned with the switches.

    Mount the main switch in place.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Main Switch Wiring

    Using the connections below the LED "Halo" light will come on when the switch is On and mimic the LEDs state.

    I have connected a 100K resistor between the A terminal of the switch to the Out- of the control board to dim the Halo LED on the switch.

    Main Switch Terminal Connection Block LED Ctrl Board
    C -12V  
    NO   -12V
    NC    
    LED   Out+
    A   Out-

    The 12 volt supply is from a 12 volt LED power converter. I have measured the current from my LEDs and the max current drawn is .6 Amp.

    I have used a 2amp power supply and 2.5amp wire to connect the power and switch connections.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Blanking Plate

    The controller circuit is mounted in a standard Chrome metal blanking plate made for mains wall switches.

     

    Hole are drilled in the plate to take the three switch tops and the main On Off switch.

     

    The cutaway show the PCB mounted switches below the blanking plate. The buttons protrude through the plate by a few millimeters.

     

     

    The completed plate with main On Off switch top and three control switches below.

    The "light" button puts the controller into normal light mode from auto flashing/fade mode.

    While in normal light mode the "Light" and "Pwe/Brite/Spd" control the dimming up and down.

    Hold the "Pwe/Brite/Spd" to turn the light On/Off.

    The "mode" button will switch to auto flashing/fade mode from normal light mode.

    While in auto flashing/fade mode "Light" and "Pwe/Brite/Spd" control the speed of the effects while the mode button changes effects.

    When turned Off and On the last set mode is remembered.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     Installing the LED Strips

    Note RGB requires 4 core, RGBW 5 core and RGBWW 6 core cable

    The kit came with 5 meters of LED strip a PSU a remote and a controller.

    The control allows you to select any colour and brightness as well as different flashing sequence and auto fades.

    The LED strips fit neatly down the door pillars and 12v power can be fed from the existing cut out in the rear of the bases or

    from new notches cut from the removable base panels.

    Strips are cut to length and joined with flat 4 or 5  core cable soldered to the copper pads.

    Black to 12v

    G to Green

    R to Red

    B to Blue

    W to White

    You can buy connectors if you don't want to solder.

     

    I wired my layout with the first feed coming out from the control box connector. The link cable was then soldered direct to the PCB in the control box.

    I routed this under the TV bench then soldered a length LED of strip to this cable and fed it up the right hand column.  Another length of link cable was then soldered at the top of this length and taken along the top rail

    to be joined to the final LED strip gong down the left hand pillar. A 5 meter LED strip cut into 3 equal length is just enough to feed the cabinets and provide very bright lighting.

     

     

    LED Strip locations/routing

     

    Using remote any colour light is available including white

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Completed unit as PC workstation with internet servers