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LED Light Integration - Best Method


becnel51

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I have the following LED light strip on back of a TV: Govee Immersion. The company also provided me with an API key and API code reference guide upon request. 

I'm looking for the best / suggested methods to integrate this product into my C4 system. Honestly I would be completely satisfied with "On / OFF" and "Brightness" control. Ideally I would like the lights to follow / mimic the TV's power state, and some brightness control would be nice. The TV is already integrated into my C4 system (LG C1). 

Should I get a dealer / someone to make a custom driver? Or would I be better off with Chowmain's TCP Command Driver? Honestly I'm not certain if either method would work, but hoping someone here would have some ideas. I'm pretty good with setting things up / programming / & automation within the Composer software, but I have almost no knowledge when it comes to custom drivers and actual coding. 

@Matt Lowe@msgreenf@alanchow@chopedogg88 or anyone else, any advice / suggestions is appreciated. Thanks. 

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Just want to ensure that you are able to connect this to the wifi in your house.  Some of these devices use Bluetooth which wouldn't be good.

What app does the Govee use?  There are a bunch of drivers that can control light strips of various types.  One very poplar type uses the Flex or Magic Home app. There is a driver for that but I don't use that.  I use a hacked method using the TCP Driver.

If you can't find anything from Govee then you can probably replace the controller with one that is compatible, like this one:  https://www.amazon.com/YETAIDA-Controller-Control-Compatible-Android/dp/B07Q58XG88

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We don't have a solution currently.  We reached out to Govee a while back to get their API and didn't get a response so i'll reach out again.  Regardless even if we get it into our queue it will take some time before we get one released so don't expect anything anytime soon.

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@zaphodYes the Govee lights are connected via wi-fi (this I'm certain of). I believe they can also connect via Bluetooth. And yes, Govee has and Android and IOS app, called Govee Home (basically to control all their products).

@alanchowIf you have a Govee product, after you set it up in their app, you can submit a request for the API. I believe it's under the profile settings. They literally email you everything you need within an hour or so. Here is a link to their latest API Guide (also attached). I can also DM you the API key they provided me, if that will help you in anyway. Just let me know. 

As for possible current solutions...(until @alanchow makes a driver)... I'm up for any suggestions? I was thinking possibly Amazon Alexa. The device is compatible with Alexa and Google. I know the LG C1 is compatible with both also. Maybe an Alexa routine? 

Ultimately I would prefer not to have to issue a verbal command via Alexa or Google, and just have the automation controlled via C4. Hence, simple programming where the Govee lights follow the power state of the TV..., but I don't think that is something I can personally accomplish at this time. Unless anyone has some clever ideas???

Thanks for the replies, and @alanchow let me know if their is anyway I can assist, with that potential / future driver. 

GoveeAPIReference.pdf

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14 hours ago, becnel51 said:

@zaphodYes the Govee lights are connected via wi-fi (this I'm certain of). I believe they can also connect via Bluetooth. And yes, Govee has and Android and IOS app, called Govee Home (basically to control all their products).

@alanchowIf you have a Govee product, after you set it up in their app, you can submit a request for the API. I believe it's under the profile settings. They literally email you everything you need within an hour or so. Here is a link to their latest API Guide (also attached). I can also DM you the API key they provided me, if that will help you in anyway. Just let me know. 

As for possible current solutions...(until @alanchow makes a driver)... I'm up for any suggestions? I was thinking possibly Amazon Alexa. The device is compatible with Alexa and Google. I know the LG C1 is compatible with both also. Maybe an Alexa routine? 

Ultimately I would prefer not to have to issue a verbal command via Alexa or Google, and just have the automation controlled via C4. Hence, simple programming where the Govee lights follow the power state of the TV..., but I don't think that is something I can personally accomplish at this time. Unless anyone has some clever ideas???

Thanks for the replies, and @alanchow let me know if their is anyway I can assist, with that potential / future driver. 

GoveeAPIReference.pdf 141.04 kB · 2 downloads

On a quick search, it looks like Govee is at least on IFTTT. So if you have your LG C1 on IP control so that C4 knows power state, you could use the IFTTT driver and have C4 send on/off commands via IFTTT to your light strip based on the power state of the TV. 

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23 hours ago, alanchow said:

I see. Thats where we went from.  We contacted them from their website and never heard back.

I don't have product but i'll buy one of each to do testing.  HOpefully they'll send to Australia.

I couldn't purchase it directly from the govee website but managed to buy it through amazon.  Bought sockets, bulbs (color + non color), led strips (normal + immersion) with expedited shipping.

Once it arrives give us 6 weeks of development time so i assume we'll have a driver by mid August.

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15 minutes ago, becnel51 said:

Thanks @rea I didn't even consider IFTTT, I may use that as a temporary solution.

And Thanks @alanchow, really looking forward to the driver. I'm sure you won't..., but let me know if want / need anyone to test it.

Appreciate the feedback everyone. 

It is a pretty straight forward API. We've done lots of lighting products so this will much similar to all of the others.  No testing required from anyone on this project.

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