APDS9960 Sensor

Component/Hub

The apds9960 sensor platform allows you to use your APDS9960 RGB and gesture sensors (datasheet, SparkFun) with ESPHome. The I²C is required to be set up in your configuration for this sensor to work.

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# Example configuration entry
apds9960:
  address: 0x39
  update_interval: 60s

sensor:
  - platform: apds9960
    type: CLEAR
    name: "APDS9960 Clear Channel"

binary_sensor:
  - platform: apds9960
    direction: UP
    name: "APDS960 Up Movement"
  # Repeat for each direction

Configuration variables:

The configuration is made up of three parts: The central component, individual sensors, and direction binary sensors.

Base Configuration:

  • address (Optional, integer): The I²C address of the sensor. Defaults to 0x39.

  • update_interval (Optional, Time): The interval to check the sensor. Defaults to 60s.

Sensor

The apds9960 sensor allows you to use your APDS9960 Sensor to perform different measurements.

Configuration variables:

  • name (Required, string): The name for the sensor.

  • type (Required, string): The type of sensor measurement. One of

    • CLEAR

    • RED

    • GREEN

    • BLUE

    • PROXIMITY

  • id (Optional, ID): Set the ID of this sensor for use in lambdas.

  • All other options from Sensor.

Binary Sensor

The apds9960 binary sensor allows you to use your APDS9960 Sensor to perform different measurements.

Configuration variables:

  • name (Required, string): The name for the binary sensor.

  • direction (Required, string): The direction to measure. One of:

    • UP

    • DOWN

    • LEFT

    • RIGHT

  • id (Optional, ID): Manually specify the ID used for code generation.

  • All other options from Binary Sensor.

Troubleshooting:

With some APDS9960 modules the VL pin needs to be supplied with 3.3V for gesture sensing to work. The VL pin provides power for the infrared LED that is used to detect gestures. There may be two pads on the module which, if shorted with a solder joint, cause the main VCC power pin to supply power for the infrared LED as well. However, providing a separate power supply via the VL pin may help to isolate the rest of the circuit from noise created by pulsing the infrared LED at relatively high power.

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