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The Zigbee Ecosystem - Fast and Efficient

Zigbee has become ever more popular with users of Home Assistant for several reasons. Zigbee devices can mesh, so every main-powered smart plug or bulb can be a router. The low-power requirements mean that a sensor or input device can run of a single button cell for several years. And finally, Zigbee is generally much cheaper than Z-Wave.

The best physical Zigbee smart buttons for Home Assistant

While you could use your smartphone and the Home Assistant dashboard to achieve the same thing, starting a script, turning on a light, or setting a scene using smart buttons can be more intuitive.

The best Zigbee door/window sensors for Home Assistant

Zigbee door/window sensors are grand additions to a smart home. They can be used to set off Home Assistant automations and as conditions in scripts.

Osram is shutting down the Lightify service for good

The servers needed for Osram Lightify will be shut down next summer. Find out what this means for you and what the alternatives are.

ITEAD releases a $7 Zigbee 3.0 USB dongle

ITEAD, otherwise known for their Sonoff line of devices, has just release a $6.99 Zigbee 3.0 dongle.

You should only consider the Gledopto Zigbee 3.0 LED Controller Pro

Previous versions of the Gledopto LED controllers had some serious flaws. Will these be fixed in the Gledopto Zigbee 3.0 LED Controller Pro?

Turn an Aqara Water Leak Sensor into an instant rain meter

In this guide I’ll be showing you how to convert a readily available Aqara Water Leak Sensor into an instant rain meter.

Early reviews of the Lidl Zigbee smart bulbs don’t seem promising

Now that customers have had their hands on Lidl smart bulbs for more than a few days, first reports on them are popping up on the internet.

Lidl launches its own line of Silvercrest and LIVARNOLUX branded Zigbee devices

Lidl, the popular discount supermarket chain, has launched a number of Zigbee devices under their brands Silvercrest and LIVARNOLUX.

Choose your Zigbee channel wisely

This guide will tell you how to optimise the 2.4 GHz band, which Zigbee and Wi-Fi use, in your smart home.

Building a chair occupancy sensor using an Aqara window sensor

A chair occupancy sensor might sound like a gimmick at first but there are some actually useful use-cases once you start to think about it.