LivingColors / LivingWhites adapter starter set part 1 : remote

Here is what is inside the LivingAmbiance / SmartLink / LivingWhites (they should really use less of these trademarks) remote


LivingWhites remote pcb
LivingWhites remote pcb


On the left : a TI CC2530 a “Second Generation System-on-Chip Solution for 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 / RF4CE / ZigBee”

On the right :  a Cypress CY8C2044624 a CapSense controller.

The CC2530 has the 2.4 GHz transmitter and reciever and a microcontroller for the wireless protocol. The Cypress chip handles the buttons and probably the LED’s and speaker (the big square on the right). The UX logic can be in any two of the chips.

The PCB has some capsense buttons that are not on the faceplate. I assume the same PCB is used for both the LivingWhites and LivingColors remotes.

6 thoughts on “LivingColors / LivingWhites adapter starter set part 1 : remote”

  1. I saw on this site that the Hue also uses this chip:

    Do you plan to release a shield for Arduino in order to communicate with the Hue or to let the Hue bridge communicate with Arduino? Would be interesting.

    It seems that there is not really much information on Zigbee Light Link right now, I’ve started this (still empty) topic in the Arduino forum:

  2. Hi Kasper,

    The LivingColors Gen2, Smartlink, Plugs and LivingWhites all use the CC2530. The CC2530 is a microcontroller combined with an RF chip, the protocol it uses is defined by the software.

    The LightLink / SmartLink protocol seems to be encrypted so the best way to control the lamps is indirectly via the hue bridge. There is no need for a new shield for that, the bridge uses http over ethernet and there are lots of people doing this :

  3. I’m kind of interested in making an Arduino light controlled by the ZLL protocol. I could use Wifi of course, but I was curious to use the ZLL protocol, so people wih a ZLL bridge could control it directly. But what I understand from your reply its kind of closed protocol embedded in the CC2530.

  4. Do you have a flatbed scanner or could ask a friend if you could scan the board to get more detailed information about the used components?

  5. Do you think that these extra buttons of the remote are functional with the living whites firmware?

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