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In this guide, I’m going to show you how to add a Sengled RGB zigbee smart light bulb to Home Assistant. The pairing process for these bulbs is super easy and can be completed in just a few seconds.
I have a bunch of these bulbs around my smart home and have been using them for the last 6+ months without any issues. In my opinion, these are some of the best zigbee RGB bulbs for Home Assistant in terms of ease of installation, responsiveness, reliability, features, and inexpensive price.
There aren’t very many other zigbee RGB bulbs on the market (other than Hue and Phillips), but those are significantly more expensive per bulb which I why I’m using these around the house.
I am using a Nortek GoControl zigbee/zwave dongle and the ZHA integration. You don’t need a Sengled hub or the Sengled app to set this up.
Let’s get started!
The first step is to obviously unbox your bulb. Here’s what it looks like:
- Hub Required(Sold Separately): Sengled smart light bulbs are compatible with Amazon Echo built-in hub, SmartThings, Wink, Hubitat or Sengled Hub. Sengled smart hub needs to be connected to your home router with an Ethernet cable. Not compatible with Philips Hue bridge system
- Multi-color modes: With 16 million colors and soft white (2700k) to a bright light (6500K).Sengled led color changing light bulbs means you can set it up according to your mood or special events. High brightness (800 lumens); Great for parties, entertaining and holidays use
- Voice & Remote Control: This Sengled smart bulb can be controlled by voice with Alexa, Echo, Google Home Assistant, which helps you to control this smart color bulb hand-free to turn on/off or dim/brighten your light, even switch your light to specified color as you need
The instructions don’t show you how to pair it to Home Assistant, so I making a quick how-to tutorial for you to follow if you need any help.
After unboxing, plug the bulb into a nearby lamp.
Turn off the lamp or switch for now.
Add Sengled Bulb to Zigbee Home Automation (ZHA)
Go to Configuration > Integrations > ZHA.
In the bottom right corner, click Add Device.
It will then start searching for your bulb.
Put Sengled Bulb into Pairing Mode
Now that ZHA is actively looking for your bulb, you need put your bulb into “pairing mode” so ZHA can find it.
Turn the lamp/switch on and off quickly 10 times.
It will flash white a few times, and then it’ll flash blue, red, and green.
If it doesn’t start flashing right away, try it again – this time go a little quicker. I had to do this 2 or 3 times until it actually went it to pairing mode.
A few seconds later – it should be successfully added to Home Assistant! Change the device name and assign it to a room or area.
Add Bulb to Entities Card
To test out your newly added light bulb, simply add it to an Entities card in Lovelace.
You can click the little lightbulb icon to open the color wheel, change the temperature, and adjust the brightness level.
Ikea 5-Button Remote Change Colors
I plan on putting this bulb in my son’s room (he’s 5).
Since he doesn’t have the Home Assistant mobile app on his tablet yet, I’m going to give him my Ikea 5-button Remote Control and used this blueprint to assign the left and right buttons a custom color. (green and red)
Here’s the blueprint automation yaml I’m using:
I did have some trouble setting this blueprint up. Whenever I added some of the other options from the UI, such as Color Name, the colors wouldn’t change. The code below works 100% though.
alias: ZHA - IKEA five button remote for lights description: '' use_blueprint: path: frenck/zha-ikea-five-button-remote-for-lights.yaml input: remote: f4c94b15742ec14d8b34e76eefcd0754 light: device_id: 1bbd50b6642e463fa7246d678c97cb3d button_left_short: - service: light.turn_on data: rgb_color: - 255 - 0 - 0 brightness: 150 target: device_id: 1bbd50b6642e463fa7246d678c97cb3d button_right_short: - service: light.turn_on target: device_id: 1bbd50b6642e463fa7246d678c97cb3d data: rgb_color: - 0 - 255 - 0 brightness: 150 brightness: 100
If you are looking for the best RGB zigbee bulb for Home Assistant, I highly recommend these Sengled ones. I haven’t ran into any issues since adding them. The only downside (and if I’m not mistaken, this is an issue with all smart bulbs), is that if you lose power or restart Home Assistant, the bulb will automatically turn itself on.
This isn’t a huge issue for me and can remediated with a simple automation.
These bulbs also support energy monitoring, so you can add them to your new Energy Dashboard to track kWh usage.