Zemismart LED RGBW Downlights

The Zemismart LED RGBW Downlight is a tuya based downlight available from various retailers online or from zemismart.com direct.

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Originally intended to be used with their companion app once flashed using tuya-convert ESPHome generated firmware can be uploaded allowing you to control the smart plugs via Home Assistant.

1. Create the ESPHome Firmware

  1. Refer to either Getting Started with ESPHome or Getting Started with ESPHome through Hass.io before moving onto the next step.
  2. Select a plug configuration below based on the plug/s you have and copy all of the text in the code block and paste into your name_of_esphome_configuration.yaml file.
  3. Compile the firmware, again depending on your chosen setup refer to the guides in the first point.

2. Flashing

2.1 Prerequisites

  1. Before you begin you’ll need one of the following linux machines running the latest copy of Raspbian Stretch Lite
  1. Raspberry Pi 2B/B+ with USB WiFi Dongle.
  2. Raspberry Pi 3B/B+.

Note

As per the tuya-convert documentation:

Any Linux with a Wifi adapter which can act as an Access Point should also work. Please note that we have tested the Raspberry Pi with clean installations only. If you use your Raspberry Pi for anything else, we recommend using another SD card with a clean installation.

  1. A microSD card (minimum 2GB, 8GB+ recommended).
  2. Any WiFi device which can connect to the SSID generated by the Raspberry Pi and eventually the flashed tuya device. This cannot be an iOS / Apple device. Android devices will work.

2.2 Installing the OS

  1. It’s recommended to read the documentation provided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation on the best way to flash the OS to the microSD card depending on your platform - Installing operating system images.
  2. After you’ve flashed the microSD card browse to the “boot” partition and add a blank file called “ssh” (without any extension) which will enable the SSH server upon first boot, extended information on this step can be found here.
  3. Plug the microSD card into the Raspberry Pi, connect network cable and power, the Raspberry Pi will start to boot.

2.3 Connecting to the Pi via SSH

  1. Download and install Putty.
  2. Open Putty.
  3. Enter the IP of Raspberry Pi in the box that says “Host Name”, leaving the port set to 22 (default for SSH). A list of recommended ways can be found here, but the easiest is to download and use Fing (Android / iOS).
  4. In the “Saved Sessions” input box, name the Raspberry Pi connection and then press “Save”.
  5. Select your new saved session from the list.
  6. Press “Open”.

2.4 Configuring the Pi

  1. In the putty window login with the pi as the user and raspberry for the password.
  2. Type sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y and wait for the upgrades to install.
  3. Type sudo apt-get install git and wait for it to install.

2.5 Setup and Install tuya-convert

  1. In the putty window type git clone https://github.com/ct-Open-Source/tuya-convert press enter and wait while the repository is cloned.
  2. Type cd tuya-convert and press enter.
  3. Type ./install_prereq.sh press enter and wait as the script gathers all the required components needed to function.

2.6 Upload ESPHome Firmware using SFTP

  1. Download FileZilla or WinSCP or use your preferred FTP client.
  2. Depending on the program you need to connect to the Pi using the IP address as the hostname and the username and password the same as you used to connect via SSH and ensure your connection type is set to SFTP
  3. Browse to /root/tuya-convert/files.
  4. Upload your compiled firmware.bin file to this directory. For command line based installs you can access the file under <CONFIG_DIR>/<NODE_NAME>/.pioenvs/<NODE_NAME>/firmware.bin alternatively Hass.io users can download the file directly from the web ui.

2.7 Use tuya-convert to install ESPHome Firmware

  1. Type ./start_flash.sh
  2. Type yes to accept the warning.
  3. Connect your alternative WiFi device (non iOS / Apple based) to the vtrust-flash SSID using flashmeifyoucan as the password. This is the network being broadcast by the Pi from the tuya flash script.
  4. If you haven’t already plug your downlight into a powerpoint and turn it on and follow the instructions below:
    1. Once turned on a stable white light will be emitted.
    2. Switch off, then back on 3 times ensuring each off-on cycle is no longer 10 seconds apart and between each the light visibly turns off.
    3. The light should have entered into a fast flashing state, if this is the case continue onto Step 5 below. Otherwise please turn the downlight off-on within 3 minutes which will restore it back to a stable white light.
  5. Press enter on your putty window to start the flash process and wait. If the connection is successful you should see a large amount of scrolling text, this is the script backing up the factory shipped firmware.
  6. Once the process is complete you can type curl http://10.42.42.42/flashURL?url=http://10.42.42.1/files/firmware.bin
  7. The plug will restart and if everything is working correctly after a few seconds you should be able to press the button triggering the relay and turning the blue led on.

3. Downlight Configuration

Thanks to @1972rx2 for creating the below ESPHome configuration which this cookbook article by @cryptelli is based on.

3.1 Zemismart LED RGBW Downlight YAML

esphome:
  name: downlight01
  platform: ESP8266
  board: esp01_1m

wifi:
  ssid: "YOUR SSID"
  password: "YOUR WIFI PASSWORD"

# Enable logging
logger:

# Enable Home Assistant API
api:

ota:

my9231:
  data_pin: GPIO13
  clock_pin: GPIO15
  num_channels: 4
  num_chips: 1

output:
  - platform: my9231
    id: output_blue
    channel: 1
  - platform: my9231
    id: output_red
    channel: 3
  - platform: my9231
    id: output_green
    channel: 2
  - platform: my9231
    id: output_white
    channel: 0

light:
  - platform: rgbw
    name: Downlight01
    red: output_red
    green: output_green
    blue: output_blue
    white: output_white

4. Adding to Home Assistant

You can now add your downlight to Home Assistant using the below instructions:

  1. In the left hand sidebar, select Configuration.
  2. Select Integrations
  3. Click the Orange plus button (lower right hand corner) and look for ESPHome in the list of available integrations and select.
  4. Type the host of the downlight, in most cases this is simply the IP address.
  5. Leave the port set to the default of 6053.
  6. Click Submit

If you’ve gotten this far, congratulations! Below is the card you should see inside Home Assistant which allows you to control the downlight.

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