Hi Andrew, I realise this is an old post but I’d love to hear if you still use it and what the battery life has been like?
BTW, the 2nd generation Lowe’s Iris Keypad ( A rebranded centralite device) has a built-in LED notification light that some people use as well, particularly if you also want to use the keypad:
The price of this varies a lot, so check both Amazon and lows and if necessary wait for sale. ( don’t get the first generation, which is more horizontal looking, as it will not work with SmartThings. Also, the reviews were skewed by people who had the first generation and liked it better, so look for reviews by people who have it working with SmartThings.)
You can talk to people who are using it with SmartThings in the following thread:
Also, There are a couple of light switches which have an LED indicator light which can be turned on and off from SmartThings. The newest homeseer switch is actually intended for this purpose, but there are some other brands as well.
The homeseer is interesting because it also allows for double and triple tap, so you can use a single tap to turn the switch on and off, and a double tap to arm and disarm your security system, changing the color indicator light at the same time.
So if you have a light switch in the area where you want the indicator, that’s another good option as well.
Does anyone have any pictures or descriptions of what happens with the lights? For that matter, where are the lights in question?
At my last house, I used the HomeSeer light switch successfully for color notifications to inform me of the status of the house at bedtime. At my new house, the bedroom door blocks the light switch from the bed. So i have to figure out another solution. I have line of site to an outlet. But I’m thinking about using a color LED light strip. Does anyone know of an LED light strip that would let you set the color of individual LEDs?
LIFX has one that lets you set sections, but it would be pretty big.
How many different indicators do you need?.
Please, where did you get the LED light?
This has a similar form factor if it’s of any help:
This would be really great to hang on the door of my new pandemic home office (aka spare bedroom) to indicate that I’m on a video meeting…
Love your work! May try this out myself!
It’s an eternal topic, but as I’ve been thinking about that for quite a while, I’d throw in a couple of unusual ideas for it. On the plus side they’re cheap and seem to be effective, I’ve yet to try them very soon.
Both require an IR emitter around though, which depending on the case could be a problem.
First - battery operated multicolor lights like these:
Second - not battery powered, but can be used for audio notifications as well:
I’m posting images instead of links, because these are very generic products available at any tech site, be it amazon, banggood etc.
If it’s really an IR emitter, you could probably get integration with SmartThings, You could probably get at least limited integration through SwitchBot or Harmony.
That said, from the pictures they don’t look like an IR device. Those little tiny flat handheld remotes are almost always using a low RF frequency or Bluetooth, and then there’s no easy integration. There’s a small possibility that they would work with harmony, but obviously that depends on the specific brand and model.
So the form factor for the puck light is great, but the integration possibilities are going to be limited. The Bluetooth bulb has more possibilities.
You might be right, I’ll have to wait and see, I’ve seen many tiny flat IR remotes as well, but you’re right I shouldn’t assume IR over RF. If it’s RF, it would probably be an experiment gone wrong, and a funny gift to a less tech-y friend I was actually hoping for IR, as I have Broadlinks and Harmony in every place I need those.
Have you seen https://github.com/isaacrlevin/presencelight ? I have it running with a hue lightstrip to test and it’s working pretty well…
This is an interesting idea. The Remote for these is likely RF…just like these:
Submersible LED Lights - Qoolife Remote control Battery Powered, RGB Multi Color Changing Waterproof Light for Vase Base, Floral, Aquarium, Pond, Wedding, Halloween, Party, Christmas
Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HKRGPEA/
The question would be, how to control them from ST.
The one you linked to says it has an IR ( infrared) remote, not an RF (radiofrequency) remote. there’s a big difference between those two methods.
If it is truly IR (there are other obvious translation errors in the product description, so I’m not 100% confident), then you could use a SwitchBot mini as a “man in the middle“ to get smartthings integration.
Sorry, copied the wrong one: LOFTEK Magnet Submersible LED Lights with Suction Cups, Remote (RF),IP68 Full Waterproof Bathtub Lights 13 LED Color Changing Battery LED Lights Underwater for Bathtub, Shower,Hot Tub, Spa, Party
by LOFTEK Direct
Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081YP2DDX
It’s likely going to be harder to integrate with one with an RF remote, I would try the the earlier model that said it had an IR remote.
Okay, here’s another option: https://www.thesmartesthouse.com/collections/zooz/products/zooz-z-wave-plus-4-in-1-sensor-zse40
Has an LED indicator…not sure if it is accessible. Again, just an idea.
That’s the indicator light for a motion/temperature sensor. It’s not accessible and the motion sensor would continually be going off, which isn’t probably what you want anyway.