H801 RGBW LED controller

H801 RGBW LED controller

Device Type: light
Electrical Standard: global
Board: esp8266

The H801 is pretty affordable and easy to hack and adapt to your needs. It can be found on AliExpress and other sites. The board is based on an ESP8266EX chip.

It has 5 seperate PWM outputs (each driven by a DTU35N06 MOSFET rated for 106W max power), and can be used as a RGB / RGBW / RGBWW / RGBCT controller or configured with any combination of up to five individual monochromatic PWM lights. See A closer look at the H801 LED WiFi Controller for more details on the hardware.

Product Image

Sample configuration

You can use the RGBWW and the ESP8266 Software PWM output components using below configuration:

name: h801light
board: esp01_1m
ssid: !secret wifi_ssid
password: !secret wifi_password
- platform: esp8266_pwm
pin: 12
frequency: 1000 Hz
id: pwm_b
- platform: esp8266_pwm
pin: 13
frequency: 1000 Hz
id: pwm_g
- platform: esp8266_pwm
pin: 15
frequency: 1000 Hz
id: pwm_r
- platform: esp8266_pwm
pin: 14
frequency: 1000 Hz
id: pwm_w1
- platform: esp8266_pwm
pin: 4
frequency: 1000 Hz
id: pwm_w2
- platform: rgbww
name: "H801 Light"
red: pwm_r
green: pwm_g
blue: pwm_b
cold_white: pwm_w1
warm_white: pwm_w2

For RGBW lights, the pwm_w2 output is not used (and can be removed):

- platform: rgbw
name: "H801 Light"
red: pwm_r
green: pwm_g
blue: pwm_b
white: pwm_w1


Make your node in the ESPHome dashboard and compile/upload it. (if it fails OTA it must be uploaded manually with your favorite ESP flasher, e.g. esphome-flasher <esphome-flasher>{.interpreted-text role="ref"})

You will need to solder pins to the board inside the H801 (fortunately it\'s pretty roomy and not a lot of components or stuff in the way apart from the 2 wires on the back).

3.3V, GND, TX and RX (RX to RX and TX to TX) needs to be connected to your serial adapter, the two other pins must be shorted throughout the flashing process by a jumper or a breadboard cable. (Remember to remove it after flashing)


Front side of board with pins soldered on


Back side of the board (don\'t melt the blue and red wire when soldering)

Add A PIR(Motion) Sensor

It\'s possible to use the header that was soldered on for flashing as an input. The example below uses the TX pin as a PIR motion sensor input:

PIR Sensor

H801 shown with PIR connected to header pins

The following can be appended to the YAML file for your H801 to configure the TX pin as a motion sensor input.

- platform: gpio
pin: GPIO3
name: "GPIO3-TX Motion"
device_class: motion


FunctionESP Pin
Jumper J3GPIO0
LED D1 (red)GPIO5
LED D2 (green)GPIO1
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