Two years ago I told you how I had installed a Ribbon with leds on the front of my house, which served as both of decoration for occasions like Christmas, outdoor lighting, but also to report events (like for example the activation of the alarm on).
This facility, even if it was very functional, had two major drawbacks:
- Tout of all, I must admit that the means of control by infrared was rather gas plant, since it was via a Kira128-> IR extender-> RGB controller.
- ensuite, like I said in the previous installation, the sticky double-sided tape has failed on the Sub painted wooden roof, so finally I used riders. But this isn’t what is the prettiest.
With the availability today of a module Z-Wave home Fibaro can control the led strips, so I decided to review this set-up completely.
For starters, the Ribbon to leds. The Fibaro module is able to fly ribbons RGBW, still relatively rare on the market. Their little more, is that they don’t just have red, green, and blue leds, they also have a white led. When you ask white, therefore this led that gives us a real white, and not a mixture of red green blue.
Our fluorescent and Led partner offers its catalog this type of Ribbon. At the level of the wiring, so we have an extra wire:
Just as we have an additional led to white:
On this new Ribbon, the Ribbon is also different from the previous version, the Ribbon now being fully protected in a silicone sheath, fully certified IP67:
At the level of control, also new: there is now a radio remote control:
Just to use it to install an RGBW radio controller, and from there the Ribbon is controllable from anywhere without worrying about the infra red:
The RGBW controller has of course the location for the additional white channel:
On the other side, we have the connection for the power supply:
The installation is very simple: it connects the RGBW controller on the feed, then the Ribbon on the controller:
The small radio remote control allows us to control the range of colours of the Ribbon by simply sliding the finger on the small color wheel. Very convenient! And it is even possible to control up to 4 ribbons with the same remote control.
In short, such, this equipment is already much more convenient than what I had. Except for one thing: it was easier to pilot infrared with my home automation radio frequency box.
Is where the RGBW of Fibaro module, which will replace the earlier RGBW controller comes into play.
I don’t re explain by the connection here, I already told it to you with my lighting led IKEA here. From the site (http://www.zephyrledlights.com/2016/12/21/led-outdoor-lighting/) you can get more information of the lighting fashion.
Let’s go to the establishment.
Firstly, for not having the same problem as before, with the tape which eventually come off, I have fixed slot aluminum strips roof of this type, found at Castorama:
The shape has been specially selected for the passage of a cable. Indeed, I had another constraint: the roof is about 10 m long, to cover the entire length so I had to use two ribbons leds. But it is not possible to link these ribbons to each other, because it shoots apparently too food and we have a loss of quality of lighting on the second Ribbon. It is advisable to use an amplifier between the two ribbons. Amplifier that must be fed, and also the signal controller RGBW.
My Setup was so as well:
power supply and controller RGBW Fibaro in the roof at one end-> tape 1 of 5 m-> amplifier-> Ribbon 5 m 2
The issue was to bring the power and RGBW signal to the amplifier, which was away from it all. For this so I used the telephone cable 4-pair (thanks for the tip 😉 led and fluorescent
I used a pair of telephone cable to bring power to the amplifier (I remember that we are here in 12V, so no worries with telephone cable).
I then used 5 other wires of the telephone cable (either barely 3 pairs) to transit the signal RGBW of the Fibaro module to the amplifier, which has everything he needs:
Aluminum rail I chose allowed me to install it properly.
The U-rail has screwed the slot wooden roof.
Then, through its U-shape, I was able to pass the telephone cable to the first 5 m, incognito, between the Fibaro module that is hidden in the roof and the amplifier, and without the need to seek a fastening system. Indeed, the tape led him, was stuck on the part longer rail, which at the same time keeps the cable in place and hidden. A diagram will be easier:
The Ribbon is protected from the weather (even if it is waterproof), and is completely invisible to the eye. Lighting, he reflected on the wall of the House, which is light-colored.
So in reality, we have this:
Small view of the housing of the amplifier, which is totally hidden from view:
The installation is completely invisible:
To control lighting, simply include the Fibaro module to its box automation, saying although it is a Ribbon RGBW. We get this:
Below, we have the light effects, it is possible to customize. I’ve added one for example for Christmas, that I have defined as default (little star):
On the dashboard you get this view:
Then it can of course be used in scenes. Example here with a scene to turn the Ribbon 30 min after the sunset:
And another to turn off automatically at 1: 00 in the morning:
So my deco Christmas runs alone 😉
I of course other scenarios, to illuminate the front of the House when a presence is detected at the entrance (outside lighting for Christmas, of course), tell me how is the alarm, or even report neighbours trespassing by playing the lights of fonts 😉
Small preview video:
This is a facility that should stay a while, well integrated to the House, and very flexible to use 😀