Wait just one second, I get to OPEN a Trouble Shooting Series with a straight answer? Are LEDs still run off DC power? Are Incandescents still banned? What year is it? All kidding aside, there really is a straight answer to this question and it’s called MiLight! You’ll need a few tools for it, but all in all it’s very simple. For starters, you’ll need one MiLight Hub and one Receiver for each of your LED Light projects. You’ll also need an iOS or Android smart device to download the FREE MiLight app, but seeing as the the question is about controlling your lights with a smartphone or tablet, I’m just going to go ahead and assume that you already have one. I know what happens when people assume, but I feel pretty safe making this assumption.
2. Which monitor do I use in the MiLight app to control my lights?
That’s a good question, and another one that I can give a straight answer to! Is this opposite day or something? Anyway, the MiLight app has six different “monitors” available. They’re really just controller interfaces, and Hitlights uses the second “monitor” to control our LEDs. Still a bit confused? the picture to the right should help clear up whatever monitor concerns you still have left. And remember, you can always contact us here at Hitlights with any and all questions you have regarding your LEDs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225)-304-0408 if you’d like to talk with us in person!
Three straight answers in a row? I have to be dreaming or something. Can you understand me? Blink twice if I’m still making sense. Back to business though, to sync your MiLight Receiver to your MiLight Hub you’ll want your MiLight Hub powered on, but your MiLight Receiver and LED Lights unplugged. Next, open up your MiLight app and choose the second Monitor/Controller Interface. With the app open, plug in the power for your MiLight Receiver and LED Lights. Within five seconds of plugging in your Receiver/LEDs press the ‘Link’ button on your app, should the linking be successful your LED Lights will flash, signifying that your phone now has control over your lights!
4. Can the MiLight support independent zones of light?
I’m definitely getting Punk’d or something, I know it. There’s no way that I’ve only got straight answers to give you. It sure looks that way this week though doesn’t it? Although I can give you a simple answer for this question, that doesn’t mean it’s good news. I hate to say it, but currently there is no way to control independent zones of light with the app. All receivers linked to a single MiLight Hub will be completely synchronized and one command will affect all your receivers. Although, we do hope to be able to add independent light zone control as a feature in an upcoming app update for MiLight. However, when that update is coming, I can’t say I have any details, but know that we here at Hitlights will keep you posted!
5. How many receivers can I use with one hub?
Fine. I’ve come to terms with it. Five for Five this week. Unstoppable. New personal best, new Trouble Shooting Series record, new straight answer champion of the world. You can sync unlimited receivers to a single hub, provided they’ve got power and are within fifty feet of your MiLight Hub. Or, well I say unlimited, but there’s only so many receivers you can fit in a fifty foot radius sphere. So assuming all that’s in the sphere is your hub and receivers, and there’s no space between any of the receivers or hub, you could use one hundred seventy-three million, nine hundred twenty-seven thousand, three hundred and ninety-four receivers with your hub. However, that’s a bit cumbersome to say, so I’ll say this. In theory, you could use every MiLight receiver ever made with one hub. Though I don’t think you have that many. If you do, send us pictures, we’d love to see that.
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