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Remote controlled LED Kitchen lights


Over the Christmas and New year holiday I’ve been doing a little kitchen refurbishment. This included the usual repaint and replacement of cabinet doors and handles. As an extra I decided to add some additional lighting above the cabinets to illuminate the ceiling. This is achieved using a more than 5m of 12V RGB LED strips. This is the variety that produces the same colour for each LED and as a result is a much cheaper option than the individually addressable LED strips I have used previously. There are two parts to this project, the first being the LED driver, the second being the controller that sends new colour to the LED driver.

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Prototype testing on breadboard with lots of jumper wires, IFRZ44N MOSFETs to drive the individual LED colours and 1K resistors for a bit of current limiting on the gate of the MOSFETs. The controller is a Ciseco XinoRF Arduino UNO compatible board with built in wireless transceiver module.
The LED strip is a commonly available on eBay, search for 5050 SMD RGB LED Strip. The ones I used are 5m in length with 150 RGB LEDs in total. It came with a small controller which can be used to test the strip is functioning.
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A quick layout done using Fritzing


Once the prototype was working on the breadboard, it was time to make it permanent on an Arduino compatible proto-shield from Ciseco. This sits on top of the Ciseco XinoRF board. As the LED strip required 12V I only wanted to use a single power supply. The XinoRF has a 3.3V regulator and 12V was at the top end of its range, to lower the voltage two IN4001 diodes were used to connect the 12V to the Xino RF VIN pin. This is then regulated by the 3.3V voltage regulator onboard. 2014-01-04 18.15.42
The device used to control the colour of the LED strip is yet another use of my wireless LCD display. This has software that described below. 2014-01-06 21.22.34

Control Commands

The communication between the LED Controller and the LED Driver is done using the Ciseco LLAP protocol. The commands implemented in the LED driver are:

Set new colour




Request current colour




In the above, XX is the ID of the LED Driver, rrggbb is the hex value for the colour with each pair of values being in the hex range 00 to FF and representing the colours red, green and blue in that order.


The software is in two parts, the LED driver and the LED controller.

LED Driver

The LED driver software receives commands wirelessly and sets the colour of the LEDs. The main features are:

  • Send starting message so that main hub knows this device is active
  • Responds to colour change commands by acknowledging them and changing the LED colour
  • Responds to current colour request command so that LED controller can determine what the current colour is
  • Saves the current colour in EEPROM and sets this colour when next powered on

LED Controller

The LED controller displays a set of 3 bars representing the three colours of the RGB LEDs. The colour is selected by moving the mini joystick up and down. The currently selected colour is highlighted. Moving the joystick left and right will increase or decrease the length of the coloured bar. This represents the intensity of the colour to be set on the LED driver. The colour change command is only sent to the LED driver when the joystick is released. The main features of the LED controller are:

  • Uses existing wireless hardware platform
  • Query LED Driver for current colours and set bars appropriately
  • Allow new colours to be selected and send them to the LED Driver

In use

A quick video showing the controller changing the colour of the LED strip.


The code is not yet in a releasable state, there are a couple of things to tidy up such as the layout on the controller screen needs a few tweeks and the code needs clean up before I publish it.


I use a lot of products from Ciseco but I don’t work for them, I’m just a customer who appreciates a good range of products that are developed in the UK. However I have over the years had a few freebies and samples from them. If you do want to get free stuff from their shop then check out this blog post.

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