Recently a new need has arisen for me: how to control Milight devices via Rflink so that I can integrate them into my home automation system and thus automate them, create macros and routines, manage them from my mobile phone, from Google Assistant (Google Home), etc.
The truth is that my house looks like an automation fair, with so many different things. It is the essence of those of us who like tinkering, testing and using anything "tinkerable" that we see.
Among other lighting control systems I have in my house, a few years ago I put in a new one I found on the internet, the "Milight" system (also known by other names like LimitlessLED and the like).
The interesting thing about this system is its extraordinarily low price; when controlling a bulb with things like Z-Wave (which I also use) costs about 40€ for the module that controls the bulb, plus the controller we use (between 50€ and many euros), plus the remote control, plus the bulb itself (and even then we will need more things if we want to control it from the mobile or from the internet), it turns out that the Milight system only needs a special bulb, which includes the receiver of 2.4ghz receiver, and a remote control that can control several bulbs, and all for about €10 each (practically what an LED bulb costs). If we want to control it from the mobile or from the internet... no problem, we add a little gadget (called a wifi bridge) and we download the free App that allows us to control it both from inside and outside the house.
As I used several different technologies, I used several receivers and bridges that allow me to integrate them in the domotic system (Rfxcom, RFLink, Rfxcomtrv, etc). It turns out that in one of the latest RFLink firmwares, they have introduced the possibility to receive and control the Milight system protocol, simply by adding a small module that costs two euros to the RFLink.
I've started to work on it and since this afternoon I can control from the computer the Milight lights I have around the house (four RGBW bulbs, one RGBW led strip in the living room and several RGB strips in a glazed area we have in the patio, where we spend a lot of time.
A side effect of including this module is that the RFLink now also receives MySensors modules (which I also have some of), which makes it even more interesting.
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