Bastian Raschke
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Beautiful design LED hummingbird (DIY) with Home Assistant integration

Written by Bastian Raschke.
Published 2019-06-22 in the category Smart Home.

This is just a small project presentation i recently made. Inspired from Damian Riggert, a creative guy from the Maker Faire Hannover 2018 which shared his concept and (luckily) the 3D model with me: a multi-color back-lighted 3D printed hummingbird model placed and decorated in a small Ikea "RIBBA" picture frame.

This is my personal creation and the final result:

The final design LED hummingbird creation running a rainbow animation
The final design LED hummingbird creation running a rainbow animation

Inspiration

This is the version i got inspired from on the Maker Faire Hannover 2018:

The initial idea of the hummingbird from the Maker Faire Hannover 2018
The initial idea of the hummingbird from the Maker Faire Hannover 2018

The build

The hummingbird model is hold in the picture frame with screws, the 16 WS2812B from a LED strip are wired together and fixed with some transparent tape. The wiring mess is hidden with some cardboard. And the electronics are placed in a white box from a cheap LED strip controller.

The back light is realised with 16 WS2812B LEDs from a LED strip The wiring mess is hidden with some cardboard
The back light is realised with 16 WS2812B LEDs from a LED strip, a cardboard hides the wiring mess

The decorative nest is build of some materials from a tinker shop and looks beautiful even without LED lighting:

The decoration consists of plant root, silver wire and jewelry
The decoration consists of plant root, silver wire and jewelry

Home Assistant integration

The LED hummingbird is integratable in Home Assistant: Is uses a Wemos D1 mini to control the LEDs. The firmware is an experimental version (not yet released) of VibeLight 5 which is used by all of my LED lights in my apartment.

Final impressions

Solid colors

The WS2812B LEDs are able to show a variety of beautiful colors:

The LED hummingbird lighting in blue The LED hummingbird lighting in violet The LED hummingbird lighting in red

The LED hummingbird lighting in orange The LED hummingbird lighting in yellow The LED hummingbird lighting in green

Animations

Also it supports some beautiful animations:

Colorloop

The colorloop animation looks really calming
The colorloop animation looks really calming

Rainbow

With the rainbow animation the hummingbird shows some beautiful floating
With the rainbow animation the hummingbird shows some beautiful floating

Laserscanner

The laserscanner animation was stolen from my 27 glowboard project
The laserscanner animation was stolen from my 27" glowboard project :-)


Tags: LED, WS2812B, ESP8266, DIY, Smart Home, Home Assistant

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