WLED

WLED is a fast and feature-rich implementation of an ESP8266/ESP32 webserver to control NeoPixel (WS2812B, WS2811, SK6812, APA102, and similar) LED’s.

While Home Assistant supports WLED 0.8.4 and higher, the use of WLED 0.10 and newer is recommended to get the optimal experience.

Configuration

To add the WLED integration to your Home Assistant instance, use this My button:

WLED can be auto-discovered by Home Assistant. If an instance was found, it will be shown as Discovered. You can then set it up right away.

Lights

This integrationIntegrations connect and integrate Home Assistant with your devices, services, and more. [Learn more] adds the WLED device as a light in Home Assistant. Home Assistant treats every segment of the LED strip as a separate light entityAn entity represents a sensor, actor, or function in Home Assistant. Entities are used to monitor physical properties or to control other entities. An entity is usually part of a device or a service. [Learn more].

Only native supported features of a light in Home Assistant are supported (which includes effects).

Using WLED segments

WLED can split a single LED strip into multiple segments. These segments can be controlled separately in WLED and in Home Assistant as well. The fully-featured segment control has been introduced in WLED 0.10 but has been partly around via APIs since WLED 0.8.6.

If WLED has 1 segment defined (the default), that one segment controls the whole LED strip. Home Assistant creates a single light entityAn entity represents a sensor, actor, or function in Home Assistant. Entities are used to monitor physical properties or to control other entities. An entity is usually part of a device or a service. [Learn more] to control the strip.

If WLED has 2 or more segments, each segment gets its own light entityAn entity represents a sensor, actor, or function in Home Assistant. Entities are used to monitor physical properties or to control other entities. An entity is usually part of a device or a service. [Learn more] in Home Assistant. Additionally, a master light entityAn entity represents a sensor, actor, or function in Home Assistant. Entities are used to monitor physical properties or to control other entities. An entity is usually part of a device or a service. [Learn more] is created. This master entityAn entity represents a sensor, actor, or function in Home Assistant. Entities are used to monitor physical properties or to control other entities. An entity is usually part of a device or a service. [Learn more] controls the strip power and overall brightness applied to all segments.

Additionally, select and number entities described below will be created for each segment.

Select entities

This integrationIntegrations connect and integrate Home Assistant with your devices, services, and more. [Learn more] provides selects for the following information from WLED:

  • Playlist
  • Preset
  • Color palette (per segment, disabled by default).

Number entities

This integrationIntegrations connect and integrate Home Assistant with your devices, services, and more. [Learn more] provides number entities to control the following, segment-specific settings:

  • Intensity
  • Speed

Sensor entities

This integrationIntegrations connect and integrate Home Assistant with your devices, services, and more. [Learn more] provides sensors for the following information from WLED:

  • Estimated current (in mA).
  • Uptime (disabled by default)
  • Free memory (in bytes, disabled by default).
  • Wi-Fi Signal Strength (in %, disabled by default).
  • Wi-Fi Signal Strength (RSSI in dBm, disabled by default).
  • Wi-Fi Channel (disabled by default).
  • Wi-Fi BSSID (disabled by default).
  • IP.

Switches

The integrationIntegrations connect and integrate Home Assistant with your devices, services, and more. [Learn more] will create a number of switches:

Nightlight

Toggles the WLED Timer. Can be configured on the WLED itself under settings > LED Preferences > Timed light.

Sync receive and sync send

Toggles the synchronization between multiple WLED devices. Can be configured on the WLED itself under settings > Sync Interfaces > WLED Broadcast.

WLED Sync documentation

Firmware updates

The integrationIntegrations connect and integrate Home Assistant with your devices, services, and more. [Learn more] has an update entity that provides information on the latest available version of WLED and indicates if a firmware update is available for installation.

The firmware update can be triggered and installed onto your WLED device directly from Home Assistant.

The update entityAn entity represents a sensor, actor, or function in Home Assistant. Entities are used to monitor physical properties or to control other entities. An entity is usually part of a device or a service. [Learn more] will only provide updates to stable versions, unless you are using a beta version of WLED. In that case, the update entityAn entity represents a sensor, actor, or function in Home Assistant. Entities are used to monitor physical properties or to control other entities. An entity is usually part of a device or a service. [Learn more] will also provide updates to newer beta versions.

Options

Options for WLED can be set via the user interface, by taking the following steps:

  • Browse to your Home Assistant instance.
  • Go to Settings > Devices & Services.
  • If multiple instances of WLED are configured, choose the instance you want to configure.
  • Select the integration, then select Configure.
Keep Master Light

Keep the master light, even if there is only 1 segment. This ensures the master light is always there, in case you are automating segments to appear and remove dynamically.

Example automations

Activating random effect

You can automate changing the effect using a service call like this:

service: light.turn_on
target:
  entity_id: light.wled
data:
  effect: "{{ state_attr('light.wled', 'effect_list') | random }}"

Activating random palette

Activating a random palette is very similar to the above random effect, and can be done by selecting a random one from the available palette select entityAn entity represents a sensor, actor, or function in Home Assistant. Entities are used to monitor physical properties or to control other entities. An entity is usually part of a device or a service. [Learn more].

service: select.select_option
target:
  entity_id: select.wled_palette
data:
  option: "{{ state_attr('select.wled_palette', 'options') | random }}"

Activating a preset

Activating a preset is an easy way to set a WLED light to a specific configuration. Here is an example service call to set a WLED light to a preset called My Preset:

- service: light.turn_on
  target:
    entity_id: light.wled
- service: select.select_option
  target:
    entity_id: select.wled_preset
  data:
    option: "My Preset"

Automation using specific palette name

An automation to turn on a WLED light and select a specific palette and set intensity, and speed can be created by first calling the light.turn_on service, then calling the select.select_option service to select the palette, then call the number.set_value service to set the intensity and again to set the speed.

Here is an example of all of these put together into an automation:

- alias: "Turn on WLED rain effect when weather changes to rainy"
  trigger:
    - platform: state
      entity_id: sensor.weather_condition
      to: "rainy"
  action:
    - service: light.turn_on
      target:
        entity_id: light.wled
      data:
        effect: "Rain"
    - service: select.select_option
      target:
        entity_id: select.wled_color_palette
      data:
        option: "Breeze"
    - service: number.set_value
      target:
        entity_id: number.wled_intensity
      data:
        value: 200
    - service: number.set_value
      target:
        entity_id: number.wled_speed
      data:
        value: 255