The future of lighting will be defined by smart and “LOT” technology, personalized lighting will become a popular trend, and the surrounding environment and the user will become one. Smart LED Controllers to adjust the color of LED lights, dynamic effects, bespoke scene effects, and more using WIFI or Bluetooth wireless transmission technology, making control more convenient than before.
The LED controllers are regularly modified to fulfill the demands of lighting, audio, and video entertainment systems, and other everyday operations as technology advance. The intelligent terminal device’s “brain” is the smart LED controller. The core of the smart LED controllers is usually an MCU chip (microcontroller) or a DSP chip (digital signal processor), with a peripheral digital electronic circuit, and is the integration of communication technology, sensing technology, automatic control technology, microelectronics technology, and other technologies into the core control components, according to different requirements into the computer software program.
What is the smart LED strip light controller?
A smart LED strip light controller is a piece of hardware that regulates the connection between IoT devices and light strips on a home automation network. The house controller employs WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, or Zigbee protocols to control smart home devices, whether it is locally linked or cloud-connected.
LED controllers are divided into the following types based on transmission technology:
Wifi led strip controller, Bluetooth LED strip controller, WIFI+Bluetooth controller, IR controller, 2.4GHz remote controller, Zigbee controller, DMX LED controllers, and DALI RGB controller is among the options.
Common Types of LED Strip Controllers in the Market
Here are some of the most common LED strip controllers on the market, along with a brief description of each:
Wifi LED strip controller
The WiFi LED controllers to use a WIFI signal to establish a link between the LED strip controller and the mobile phone/smart speaker. Among wireless controllers, the WiFi LED controller has the most control options. Consider going on vacation to another country. As long as there is a WIFI signal, you can control your house lights using your smartphone, regardless of distance, which is why WiFi LED controllers are becoming increasingly popular among consumers.
Bluetooth LED controller
The Bluetooth LED controller works using a Bluetooth signal, and smartphone connectivity does not require a network. The control range is restricted because it is the only wireless controller that does not require a network to function with the phone. When combined with a smart bridge, it may be used as a WiFi LED light controller.
The utilization of sophisticated technologies, such as a WIFI chip and a Bluetooth chip merged into a module, allows users to control the light through wifi or Bluetooth, depending on their needs. This is the controller’s development trajectory, with a lot of room for improvement.
The primary premise of an IR remote control is to use infrared light to operate the device. The infrared rays are then converted into digital signals that the control device recognizes, allowing for the long-distance operation of this type of remote control. The IR remote controller, on the other hand, is unable to control through the obstruction. The most prevalent infrared controllers on the market are 24 keys and 44 keys.
2.4GHz Wireless Remote Control
The 2.4G remote control signal transmission technique can effectively overcome the shortcomings of infrared remote control, allowing you to use the device’s remote control from all angles in the home, as the popularity of wireless remote control grows. The 2.4G remote control also has the advantage of 360-degree operation with no dead angle and all-around three-dimensional coverage.
To control devices, a Zigbee controller employs Zigbee technology. ZigBee technology is a low-power, low-rate, low-cost two-way wireless communication system with a short range. It is mostly used for data transfer over short distances with low power consumption and low transmission rates between various electrical devices. The major disadvantage of Zigbee is that it is somewhat pricey and has a low level of popularity.
DMX LED controllers
DMX controllers are also known as DMX 512 controllers, and they use the worldwide DMX512/1990 signal output to operate standard DMX signal LED bulbs. Large LED outdoor decorating projects are ideal.
DALI RGB controller
A Digital addressable lighting interface (DALI) is a bi-directional serial digital communication standard with two wires. Each DALI device may be individually addressed, programmed, grouped, and assigned to a scene. Large project control systems, such as hotels, supermarkets, and conference rooms, can benefit from DALI controllers.
The study and comparison of LED controllers are presented above. Of course, no product or technology is perfect; these technologies all have advantages and disadvantages. As a result, the user should select wireless smart home products based on local conditions, as well as the needs of their own homes, so that they can be used in the areas where they can be most effective.