ANAVI Light Controller

by ANAVI Technology

Make your lights open source and connect your LED strip to the WiFi network with ANAVI Light Controller!

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ANAVI Light Controller

Open source hardware WiFi board for controlling 12V RGB LED strips. Includes one ANAVI Light Controller (1).


Starter Kit

The perfect kit for getting started. Includes one ANAVI Light Controller (1), acrylic case (1), USB-to-serial debug cable (1) and 1 meter RGB LED strip with a LED connector (1).


Advanced Kit

The kit for awesome home automation. Includes one ANAVI Light Controller (1), acrylic case (1), 1 meter RGB LED strip with a LED connector (1), USB-to-serial debug cable (1) and a light sensor module (1).


Developer kit

Everything a developer needs to build his own smart lamp. Includes one ANAVI Light Controller (1), acrylic case (1), 1 meter RGB LED strip with a LED connector (1), USB-to-serial debug cable (1) and all sensor modules: light (1), gestures & color recognition (1), temperature & humidity (1).


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CNXSoft - Embedded Systems News

"ESP8266 based ANAVI Light Controller can be Programmed with Home Assistant or the Arduino IDE."

Open Electronics

"all KiCad & OpenSCAD hardware design files and open source firmware can be found on AnaviTechnology Github account."

CNXSoft - Embedded Systems News

"One advantage of the solution is that everything is open source from the hardware (KiCad) to the firmware (Arduino) and the cloud software (HTML5)"


"I had the chance to test the product, it's the job as we say!"

ANAVI Light Controller is a certified open source hardware WiFi device for controlling a 12 V RGB LED strip. It also supports sensors for light, temperature, humidity, and gesture recognition.

ANAVI Light Controller is fully compliant with the popular open source platform, Home Assistant. That means that when paired with Amazon Alexa, the device can be turned on and off with voice commands.

ANAVI Light Controller combines open source hardware with free and open source software. The printed circuit board was created using the free and open source application, KiCAD. The acrylic case was designed with OpenSCAD. All devices will be manufactured in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The open source software running on ANAVI Light Controller is an Arduino sketch written in Arduino IDE using ESP8266 core and other popular Arduino libraries. The device communicates using the lightweight messaging protocol, MQTT. An HTML5, single page application is available for quick testing and demos of ANAVI Light Controller.

ANAVI Light Controller is an entirely open source project. All schematics and source code files are available in our GitHub repositories. Combining open source hardware with free and open source software provides flexibility and independence while at the same time encouraging knowledge sharing and community building. Anyone is welcome to join the community to study, modify, and improve the project.

Getting started with ANAVI Light Controller is easy, no soldering is required. We will provide a comprehensive user’s manual describing the exact steps for using ANAVI Light Controller and flashing your own Arduino sketches through Arduino IDE.

Who Needs It and Why?

ANAVI Light Controller is fun and easy to use. You don’t need to be a tech whiz to use it. You can assemble it without any tools, and only a screwdriver is needed to connect it to your RGB LED strip. You can use it for:

  • Automating lighting with the open source software platform Home Assistant
  • Controlling lights with voice commands with Amazon Alexa and Home Assistant
  • Making a do-it-yourself magic lamp controlled with gestures
  • Making unique do-it-yourself decorations for the holidays
  • Learning about a project that combines free and open source software with open source hardware

Features & Specifications

  • CPU: Tensilica L106 32-bit processor
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Input voltage: 12 V
  • Peripherals: Terminal block for 12 V RGB LED strip, UART pins, button, three slots for sensors
  • Compatibility: Arduino IDE, Home Assistant, MQTT, and any modern web browser
  • Certification: Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) BG000005
  • Dimensions: 75 mm x 40 mm


Out of the box ANAVI Light Controller supports the following I2C modules:

  • BH1750 sensor for light
  • HTU21D sensor for temperature and humidity
  • APDS-9960 sensor for RGB color and gesture detection

You can also attach any other I2C sensors, but you will have to take care of their software integration.


All kits include an attractive acrylic case that protects the ANAVI Light Controller from dust while still ensuring good airflow and cooling. In addition, the case prevents accidental presses of the reset button on the board.

What Comes In A Kit?

ANAVI Light ControllerStarter KitAdvanced KitDeveloper KitFamily Kit
ANAVI Light ControllerYes Yes Yes Yes Yes (x4)
CaseNo Yes Yes Yes Yes (x4)
1M 12 V RGB LED stripNo Yes Yes Yes Yes (x4)
USB to Serial Debug CableNo Yes Yes Yes Yes (x4)
Light Sensor (BH1750)No No Yes Yes Yes
Temperature and Humidity Sensor (HTU21D)No No No Yes Yes
RGB and Gesture Sensor(APDS-9960)No No No Yes Yes



ANAVI Light ControllerANAVI Light pHATStandard LED Controller
12 V RGB LED stripYes Yes Yes
IR Remote ControlNo No Yes
Stand-aloneYes No Yes
Raspberry Pi CompatibilityNo Yes No
WiFiYes Yes No
SensorsYes (plug and play) Yes (plug and play) No
Home Assistant IntegrationYes Yes No
MQTTYes Yes No
Arduino-compatibleYes No No
Open SourceYes Yes No

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Which 12 V RGB LED strip is included in the kits?

All kits include a one meter 12 V RGB LED strip with 30 LEDs (size 5050), IP 20, and power consumption of 7.2W.

What power supply do I need?

You need a 12 V power supply with a standard 2.1x5.5 mm DC jack for your light strip. Select a power supply with sufficient output current and power depending on the length and specifications of your RGB LED strip.

ANAVI Light Controller has been tested using 12 V power supplies from SUNNY Computer Technology Europe such as SYS1530-1212-W2E.

Make sure that you are using a 12 V power supply from a trusted supplier. Cheap, untested power supplies can be risky and unreliable.

Why isn’t a power supply included?

We were unable to source power supplies with universal plugs for the US/EU/UK at an acceptable price and, further, power needs will vary based on application. Nowadays, 12 V power supplies with a 2.1x5.5 mm DC jack are a commodity item, so you should be able to easily find a suitable unit online or at your local electronics store.

Can I remotely control ANAVI Light Controller from a web browser on my smartphone, tablet, or laptop?

Yes, you can use our demo website or easily integrate ANAVI Light Controller in your instance of the popular open source platform Home Assistant as an MQTT JSON Light component.

Is ANAVI Light Controller an open source project?

Yes, ANAVI Light Controller is an open source hardware project powered and created with free and open source software. The hardware designs are available at GitHub under CC BY-SA 4.0 license. All schematics, documents, and source code files are available at our GitHub repositories.

Is ANAVI Light Controller certified?

Yes, ANAVI Light Controller revision 1.3 has been certified by the Open Source Hardware Association under UID BG000005.

Does ANAVI Light Controller use the ESP8266?

Yes, ANAVI Light Controller is based on the ESP8266.

Can I flash different firmware to ANAVI Light Controller?

Yes, using a USB to serial cable, you can flash custom firmware built from your own source code.

Is ANAVI Light Controller compatible with Arduino IDE?

Yes, ANAVI Light Controller is compatible with Arduino IDE. You can easily upload your own Arduino sketches to the board.

How can I get involved and help?

Buy any of the available perks, get your hands on the ANAVI Light Controller, contribute to our GitHub repositories, and become part of our open source community!

Manufacturing Plan

To ensure consistently high quality, ANAVI Light Controller has a green solder mask and a gold surface finish. All printed circuit boards (PCBs) for ANAVI Light Controller will be manufactured and assembled at a local factory in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, EU. The fabrication process includes a procedure called panelization which groups together a number of PCBs on a larger board called a "panel". After that components will be mounted on each board.

All boards will be carefully manually flashed with open source software, tested, packaged, and shipped according to the schedule for each pledge.

Shipping & Fulfillment

This crowdfunding campaign offers ANAVI Light Controller with free worldwide shipping via the registered airmail service of the Bulgarian Post. All orders will be shipped from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Your pledge will be packaged in an individual cardboard box and padded envelope for extra safety during transport. A tracking number will be provided as soon as the order has been shipped.

Risks & Challenges

ANAVI Light Controller is a certified open source hardware product. We have already manufactured a small-run batch to ensure that everything works correctly. Although this significantly reduces any risks, mass production still depends on factories and suppliers. Availability of parts can also be an issue. In order to provide ANAVI Light Controller at the best price, we are working with reliable suppliers and a trusted local factory.

We have experience successfully delivering projects on time, and even ahead of schedule, from our previous crowdfunding campaign for the ANAVI Infrared pHAT and ANAVI Light pHAT. We are confident that we can again arrange successful mass production on time. However, if any delays occur, backers will be notified promptly through regular updates.

Stretch Goals

Our crowdfunding campaign has a very modest goal of just $1, but if we raise:

  • $1,000, we'll add awesome stickers for all contributors
  • $2,500, we'll create a tutorial for building a fancy lamp with ANAVI Light Controller, wood and paper.


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