Sensor BH1750 (Lightsensor)

Homie based firmware

Ready to use firmware is available for download at the releases page. The sourcecode is available here.

If you study the code then you’ll notice that only when a value changes a MQTT message is sent. It is not done at fixed intervals!

The text below is directly imported from the github project page. It is the same as the document found there.

Sensor Wemos D1 mini with BH-1750

This firmware is meant to be used on a Wemos D1. It’s part of the IoT Kit for education project. It is based on the homie platform developed by Marvin Roger. The original documentation can be found here:

This node serves as a sensor that reports distance via MQTT. The sensor used is a BH-1750.

Connecting the hardware

Connect the hardware as follows:

BH-1750 Wemos D1 mini
VCC +3.3V

Compiling and uploading

This firmware embeds the ui_bundle to make the initial configuration easier. In order to upload it into the SPIFFS filesystem you have to build the firmware first and then open up a terminal.

In the terminal enter the command pio run -t uploadfs to upload the contents of the /data directory. Once the upload has completed upload the firmware as usual or type the command pio run -t upload.

It is also possible to include a file config.json in the directorie /data/homie with preconfigured settings before you upload the files to SPIFFS e.g.:

    "password": "<PASSWWORD>"
    "username": "<mqtt username>",
    "password": "<mqtt password>",
  "name":"Sensor X",

For MQTT you can ommit username, password and auth if your MQTT server doesn’t requite authentication.

If you ommit base_topic it will default to the value “homie”

##MQTT If all is configured well you should receive measurements on the following topics:


The json output contains the name of the sensor, the name of the metric reported and the value of the measurement. dusk is a value 0 or 1 that’s telling us if we’re in dusk or not.

ESPHomelib based firmware

In order to get the same behaviour with this firmware as you would get with the homie based firmware the configuration file has to be extended a bit. Without these extensions the firmware would only send a MQTT update after 15 sensor readings of which the average is calculated. This is basically a fixed interval.

  name: wemos_1
  platform: ESP8266
  board: d1_mini

  ssid: '<SSID>'
  password: '<PASSWORD>'

  broker: '<>'
  port: 1883
  # username: '<mqtt_user>'
  # password: '<mqtt_password>'
  # Start all MQTT published topics with the following prefix, make sure there is no trailing /
  topic_prefix: 'devices/wemos_1'

# Enable logging

  password: '<OTAPASSWORD>'

# The BH1750 sensor is an I2C sensor, so first prepare the 
# controller to talk to I2C sensors!
  sda: D1
  scl: D2
  scan: False
  # Wifi is a builtin sensor
  - platform: wifi_signal
    name: "WiFi Signal Sensor"
    update_interval: 10s
  # The BH1750 sensor by default uses I2C address 0X23
  # Every 1 second a new sample is taken
  - platform: bh1750
    address: 0x23
    update_interval: 1s
    name: "Brightness"
      - filter_nan:
      - sliding_window_moving_average:
          window_size: 1
          send_every: 1
      - unique:

Let’s look at this in a bit more detail: update_interval tells the device to sample the environment every second. This sample is fed into the filters section. filter_nan removes samples where an invalid reading has been done. The sliding_window_moving_average part tells that no averages have to be calculated and that every calculated value has to be sent via MQTT. This would result in a value being published every second, even if the value hasn’t changed since the previous publication. This would flood the MQTT broker…

This is where unique comes into play. Only if a value has changed it is processed! So the MQTT broker is not flooded with messages!

In a real world you probably want to increase the window_size and average out a couple of samples.

Once you’ve got the file type esphomeyaml wemos_1.yaml run and watch the show:

INFO [esphomeyaml.config] Reading configuration...
INFO [esphomeyaml.__main__] Generating C++ source...
INFO [esphomeyaml.__main__] Compiling app...
INFO [esphomeyaml.__main__] Running:  platformio run -d wemos_1
Obsolete PIO Core v3.6.0 is used (previous was 3.6.1a1)
Please remove multiple PIO Cores from a system:
Processing wemos_1 (platform: espressif8266; board: d1_mini; framework: arduino)
LibraryManager: Installing esphomelib
... Many lines omitted
Linking .pioenvs/wemos_1/firmware.elf
Retrieving maximum program size .pioenvs/wemos_1/firmware.elf
Checking size .pioenvs/wemos_1/firmware.elf
Building .pioenvs/wemos_1/firmware.bin
Memory Usage ->
Memory Usage ->
DATA:    [=====     ]  47.3% (used 38748 bytes from 81920 bytes)
PROGRAM: [===       ]  33.5% (used 350291 bytes from 1044464 bytes)
=============================================== [SUCCESS] Took 34.12 seconds ===============================================
INFO [esphomeyaml.__main__] Successfully compiled program.
INFO [esphomeyaml.__main__] Uploading binary...
INFO [esphomeyaml.espota] Starting on
INFO [esphomeyaml.espota] Upload size: 354432
INFO [esphomeyaml.espota] Sending invitation to wemos_1.local 

INFO [esphomeyaml.espota] Authenticating...
INFO [esphomeyaml.espota] OK
INFO [esphomeyaml.espota] Waiting for device...
Uploading: [============================================================] 100% Done...

INFO [esphomeyaml.espota] Waiting for result...
INFO [esphomeyaml.espota] Result: OK
INFO [esphomeyaml.__main__] Successfully uploaded program.
INFO [esphomeyaml.mqtt] Starting log output from devices/wemos_1/debug
[20:28:10][I][mqtt.client:132]: MQTT Connected!
[20:28:10][C][sensor.bh1750:031]: Setting up BS1750...
[20:28:10][C][sensor.bh1750:032]:     Address: 0x23
[20:28:10][C][sensor.bh1750:047]:     Resolution: 0.5
[20:28:10][C][component:239]:     Update interval: 1000ms
[20:28:10][C][component:239]:     Update interval: 10000ms
[20:28:10][C][sensor.mqtt:025]: Setting up MQTT Sensor 'Brightness'...
[20:28:10][C][sensor.mqtt:027]:     Expire After: 3s
[20:28:10][C][sensor.mqtt:029]:     Unit of Measurement: 'lx'
[20:28:10][C][sensor.mqtt:030]:     Accuracy Decimals: 1
[20:28:10][C][sensor.mqtt:031]:     Icon: 'mdi:brightness-5'
[20:28:10][C][sensor.mqtt:025]: Setting up MQTT Sensor 'WiFi Signal Sensor'...
[20:28:10][C][sensor.mqtt:027]:     Expire After: 450s
[20:28:10][C][sensor.mqtt:029]:     Unit of Measurement: 'dB'
[20:28:10][C][sensor.mqtt:030]:     Accuracy Decimals: 0
[20:28:10][C][sensor.mqtt:031]:     Icon: 'mdi:wifi'
[20:28:10][C][sensor.mqtt:033]:     Unique ID: 'dc4f221d8b7a-wifisignal'
[20:28:10][I][application:090]: Running through first loop()
[20:28:10][D][sensor.mqtt:091]: 'WiFi Signal Sensor': Pushing out value -57.000000 with 0 decimals of accuracy
[20:28:10][I][application:106]: First loop finished successfully!
[20:28:10][D][sensor.bh1750:091]: 'Brightness': Got illuminance=0.0lx
[20:28:10][D][sensor.mqtt:091]: 'Brightness': Pushing out value 0.000000 with 1 decimals of accuracy
[20:28:11][D][sensor.bh1750:091]: 'Brightness': Got illuminance=0.0lx
[20:28:12][D][sensor.bh1750:091]: 'Brightness': Got illuminance=0.0lx
[20:28:13][D][sensor.bh1750:091]: 'Brightness': Got illuminance=0.0lx
[20:28:14][D][sensor.bh1750:091]: 'Brightness': Got illuminance=0.0lx
[20:28:15][D][sensor.bh1750:091]: 'Brightness': Got illuminance=0.0lx
[20:28:16][D][sensor.bh1750:091]: 'Brightness': Got illuminance=0.0lx
[20:28:17][D][sensor.bh1750:091]: 'Brightness': Got illuminance=0.0lx

As you can see the firmware is uploaded automatically and there is also logging on the screen to show what is actually happening!

Much easier than the homie framework wouldn’t you agree?

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