Smart Air Freshener

My wife asked for us to have an air freshener installed in the bathroom. I don’t like the plug in types, even if they don’t burn your house down. At my office we have air fresheners which run on a schedule, or maybe run 24×7, but seem to spray every fifteen minutes. I found a model on Amazon which was similar:

SVAVO Automatic LCD Fragrance Dispenser

This would probably work OK an in office, where you program it 9-5 M-F, but at home the schedule is not so easy. For one, we don’t want it going off when we’re asleep or not home. That’s trivial to set up a home automation to do that, but I could find no air fresheners which would connect to SmartThings.

I decided to order the device and hack the motor to be controlled via SmartThings. Opening the device up, I found it ran on 3.2v via 2 AA batteries and had a simple PCB with two wires for the battery and two for the PCB. The PCB even had pads which I assume one could reprogram the controller. If the controller had a radio, my approach my have been to try to hack it. However, I assumed it didn’t, so I unsoldered the green(-) and yellow(+) wires from the motor.

It’s difficult to have a wifi device connected via batteries, so I decided I’d convert the device to run off of 5V micro-usb. This was easily powered via an ethernet cable and POE adaptor dropped down from my attic.

Wemos D1 Mini inside battery cabinet

Fortunately, the battery compartment had a generous amount of space. I decided to use the Wemos D1 Mini because of its small size and I flashed the Konnected firmware on. Using Konnected allowed for quick integration into SmartThings.

Once I had the software / hardware working, I mounted it on the wall. Because SmartThings has connections to Alexa and Google home, it was easy to get the voice assistants to activate the air freshener as well.

I created a basic piston to run it once an hour when my wife is home and not asleep. I also setup a routing to run it once when she first arrives home.

The Final Product!

Parts List:

I spent $35.97 on the air freshener and sprays, $21.64 on the parts for a total of $57.61. Most of the cost was my POE power supply and adaptor.

Connecting Novostella 20W Smart LED Flood Lights to SmartThings

I purchased of pair of LED flood lights for my home from Amazon. I’ve looked at the Philips Hue lights which look nice but are very expensive ($330). The Novostella were $35 each when I purchased them. The main problem with lights like this is they come with an app, and they can only be controlled from that app or applications which work with it’s cloud account. Changing the firmware should be easy and would allow it to work with any app or home automation system.

20W is very bright!

They appear to be ESP8266 based, so I should be able to flash them OTA using Tuya OTA. I used my Raspberry Pi 3 for the OTA flashing following this guide. The only issue I ran into is I plugged my lamp in too soon as it went out of the flashing light mode. There are no switches on the lamp, so the procedure is to plug in, unplug, plug in, unplug, plug in. Then it will resume blinking and the OTA software will work.

I found it’s quite important to attach the antennas before starting, otherwise, it may work but will be quite slow.

I checked my router for the device in the DHCP and connected to the web server. I setup the template as follows:


The web UI lets you adjust the brightness and the white balance, but not the color. I tested the color command and got a nice blue:

Color 1845FF0000

Next, I wanted to connect to SmartThings. I installed this DHT

I forked and installed the “Holiday Color Lights” SmartApp to automate changing the color of the lights with the season. It needs some work to be able to handle relative dates, like Fourth Thursday of the month. I modified it to use “white” for default when there isn’t a holiday.

I think the end result looks pretty good. I’ll be ordering two more of these.