Add MagicHome LED Controller to Home Assistant
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Add MagicHome LED Controller to Home Assistant

In this guide, I will show you how to add a MagicHome LED controller to Home Assistant using the FLUX integration. Once added, you’ll be able to turn the Magic Home light strip on or off, change the colors and temperature, and even create automations to cycle between colors. Basically, everything you can do within…

Energy Dashboard with data from Smart Meter Texas
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Energy Dashboard with data from Smart Meter Texas

In this guide, I’m going to show you how to setup your Home Energy dashboard, using data pulled in from my Smart Meter Texas energy provider. Not all energy providers offer services like Smart Meter Texas, however if you are lucky enough to live in a area that provides your energy data via an API…

Splitting Up Configuration.yaml in Home Assistant
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Splitting Up Configuration.yaml in Home Assistant

In this guide, I’m going to show you how to split up your configuration.yaml file. This will allow you cleanup and organize all of the packages, binary sensors, automations, or template sensors into their own configuration files. Rather than keeping everything in one large file, you will add an !include reference in your configuration file…

Install Vikunja in Docker for self-hosted Task Tracking
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Install Vikunja in Docker for self-hosted Task Tracking

In this guide, I’m going to show you how to install Vikunja using Docker-Compose. Vikunja is an open-source task management / task tracking application. It offers features of many popular cloud-hosted solutions such as Trello, TickTick, Todoist, or Microsoft To-Do – with that caveat that is selfhosted! Currently, I use a combination of Google Keep…

Create Garage Door Status Notifications in Home Assistant
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Create Garage Door Status Notifications in Home Assistant

In this guide, I’m going to show you how to create status notifications to let you know when your garage door is opening, opened, closing, or closed. For reference, I am using a MyQ Chamberlain wifi device that paired with my “dumb” garage door opener. Here’s what it looks like: It’s super cheap and has…

A Better Site To Find MDI Icons for Home Assistant
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A Better Site To Find MDI Icons for Home Assistant

If you use Home Assistant, then chances are that you are familiar with MDI, or materialdesignicons.com. I’ve always had a lot of issues with the MDI website. Speed being the #1 issue for me. On average, it takes 8+ seconds for the searched term to appear. I stumbled across a really neat website that makes…

How To Backup Home Assistant Locally using Samba Share Addon
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How To Backup Home Assistant Locally using Samba Share Addon

In this guide, I’m going to show you how to backup Home Assistant to a file share or mapped network drive using the Samba Backup addon. Specifically, I’m going to show you to backup your HA instance to a Windows Server 2019 file share. This will get installed via the Supervisor addon store. Once installed,…