Setup Home Assistant Alexa Integration Without The Cloud

Looking for an easy way to integrate Alexa into Home Assistant without any cost? This guide will have you up and running in minutes with a super-simple setup! There are several ways to integrate Alexa with Home Assistant. This guide will focus on using the Philips Hue emulated bridge method, as this is the easiest…

Home Assistant Push Button Dimmer (Simple Template Tutorial)

Wondering how to transform a boring on/off light switch into an awesome dimmer? This tutorial will teach you how to incrementally increase the brightness of a light each time you push a button. If you are looking for a simple introduction to the power of templating in Home Assistant then this tutorial is definitely for…

How To Return A Light To A Previous State In Home Assistant

Want to know the secret sauce that goes into Home Assistant, allowing you to remember the state of a light, or any other entity for that matter? This illusive technique is easier than you might think! There are many reasons that you might want to remember the state of a series of entities. In this…

LED Strip Lights Under The Sofa (Great Smart Home Ideas!)

I have been wanting to add a LED strip under my sofa for quite some time now. The plan is to link it in Home Assistant so that it mirrors the settings for the LEDs behind my TV cabinet. I have had mixed results with LED strip, sometimes it can be tricky to get it…

How To Integrate Devices In Home Assistant Using Ping

Home Assistant offers a binary sensor integration that allows a ping to be sent to any device on your network. This provides us with a really great way to monitor the presence of a particular device on our network. The most obvious way we could use this integration is to sense if a person is…

How To Simulate A Sunrise With Home Assistant

It is possible to simulate a sunrise in Home Assistant using a simple script and smart bulb. We can trigger this script at any time so that a beautiful sunrise effect can be enjoyed at any time, even if it is still dark outside. In this tutorial we will create a simple script to simulate…

How To Make A Dumb Switch Smart (This ONE Thing Makes It Possible!)

What if I told you that you can control not only all of your smart lights but all of your smart devices with your existing dumb light switch without needing to rewire anything? Too good to be true? Home Assistant is the fantastic platform that makes it possible. New to Home Assistant? Start here. In…