How to control Milight from Rflink

Written by Mariete

Dec 12, 2016

Updated: August 24, 2020 @ 16:19

Recently, a new need has arisen, how to control Milight devices through Rflink to be able to integrate them into my home automation system and, in this way, be able to automate them, create macros and routines, manage them from the mobile, from Google Assistant (Google Home ), etc.

The truth is that my house looks like an automation fair, with so many things and so many different things. It is the essence of those of us who like to mess around, test and use whatever "messy" we see.

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Among other lighting control systems that I have in my house, a few years ago I put a new one that I found on the internet, the «Milight» system (also known by other names such as LimitlessLED and the like).

The interesting thing about this system is its extraordinary low price; When controlling a bulb with things like Z-Wave (which I also use) it 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 in Yes (and even so 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 2.4ghz receiver, and a remote control that can control several bulbs, and all for about € 10 which costs each item (practically what an LED bulb costs). We want to control it from the mobile phone or from the internet… no problem, we add a little gadget (called wifi bridge) and download the free App that allows us to control it both from inside and outside the home.

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Since it used several different technologies, it used several receivers and bridges that allow me to integrate them into the home automation system (Rfxcom, RFLink, Rfxcomtrv, etc). It turns out that in one of the last RFLink firmware that has appeared, they have introduced the possibility of receiving and controlling the protocol of the Milight system, simply by adding a small module to the RFLink that costs two euros.

Said and done, I have gotten to work and since this afternoon I can control from my computer the Milight lights that I have around the house (four RGBW bulbs, a strip of RGBW LEDs in the living room and several RGB strips in a glazed area that we have in the patio, where we spend a lot of time.

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A side effect of having included this module is that now the RFLink also receives the modules from MySensors (which I also have one), which makes it even more interesting.

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