HowTo: Zigbee - Integrate Ikea TRADFRI E1743 push button via zigbee2mqtt in NodeRed

The IKEA TRADFRI button E1743 is one of the most used buttons in my SmartHome. It is very cheap at (currently) 6 euros per piece and at the same time the quality is very good and the scope of delivery is decent.

The practical thing about it is that it can be used to control up to four functions. The two buttons can be tapped briefly or held down for a long time. Each event is differentiated, allowing up to four devices to be switched, for example.

These four functions can also be used, for example, to switch and dim a lamp. It is switched on or off by briefly pressing a button. The dimming function can then be activated with a long press of the button.

Ultimately, you can use the NodeRed code offered below to decide for yourself which functions you want to assign to the different button functions of the IKEA Tradfri button. 🙂

How to connect the button to your Zigbee network and with Node Red can evaluate is described in the following article.

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Helpful articles:
Before you start with this article you should have prepared a Raspberry Pi so that it is accessible via the network and controllable via SSH. Furthermore, zigbee2mqtt and NodeRed should be installed and configured.

The following articles describe what needs to be done to prepare the Raspberry Pi.

In the following lists you will find all the parts you need to implement this article.

Required tool:

1xScrewdriver set  Buy at Amazon
1xSD card reader  Buy at Amazon

Required material:

1xIkea Tradfri button E1743
1xSONOFF Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle Plus  Buy at Amazon
1xUSB extension cable  Buy at Amazon
1x Raspberry Pi  Buy at Amazon
1x Raspberry Pi power supply  Buy at Amazon
1x Raspberry Pi case  Buy at Amazon
1x Micro SD card 64GB  Buy at Amazon

Log into the NodeRed configuration interface

Before you can edit your NodeRed configuration, you must - if activated - first log into the NodeRed configuration interface.

View of the login dialog. Here you have to enter the login data that you specified during the configuration of the login. You can find information about this in the article NodeRed - set up user login.

Enable Zigbee2mqtt Dashboard

In my opinion, the easiest way to add new devices to your Zigbee network is to use the zigbee2mqtt dashboard. In case you haven't activated this yet, you will find helpful hints in the article Zigbee - Administration of Zigbee2mqtt via the dashboard.

Register the button at zigbee2mqtt

Before you can evaluate the button using NodeRed and react to a button press, you of course have to integrate the button into your Zigbee network.

I have a little more detail on how to integrate devices into your own Zigbee network in the article Zigbee – register devices or sensors and actuators with zigbee2mqtt described. The following two steps summarize this briefly.

View of the log tab of the zigbee2mqtt dashboard. The area marked in red contains the button with which access to the Zigbee network can be controlled. Click on this to unlock access to the Zigbee network.

To put the Tradfri button into pairing mode you have to insert the battery and the marked button on the back

  • Press 4x

The LED in the button should then flash and the button should connect to your Zigbee network shortly afterwards.

You can track the status of the connection process in the zigbee2mqtt log.

Import node code

To be able to control your Zigbee device via the NodeRed dashboard, the dashboard node should already be installed and configured. You can find more information about this in the following article.

If you also want pushbullet to automatically remind you of an empty battery in your Zigbee button, you should also have the pushbullet node installed. You can find information about this in the following article.

After that, all you have to do is import the NodeCode linked below into your NodeRed environment. Information on how to import NodeRed code can be found in the article NodeRed - import and export node code .

As always, you can find the NodeRed code in the Nerdiy Git repository under the following link:

View of the NodeRed code in the NodeRed configuration view. In order for the notification via Pusbullet, Pushover or email to work, you must connect the link node at the bottom right to the Pushbullet or another suitable node.

Of course you still have to adapt the code to your button. In order for this to work correctly, you have to enter the IEEE address or the “friendly name” of your button in the NodeRed code.

To do this, open the properties of the marked node and enter your IEEE address in the marked area under “Payload…”.

In order for the update function to work via the NodeRed Dashboard, you must also enter the address here in the highlighted area.

At the point marked here you can also adjust the message that is sent as soon as the charge level of the button's battery falls below 20%.

If you want to use several of these buttons, you should adjust the name of the marked variable.

This is not absolutely necessary but helpful if you want to save the state of charge in an external variable.

You can of course also use the newly registered Zigbee device via the zigbee2mqtt Dashboard control or read out.

In the following category I have also listed other Zigbee devices which can be controlled or read out with the NodeRed code offered there.

More articles on the topic

I have summarized other articles on the subject of Zigbee and zigbee2mqtt in the following category. There you will also find articles on various Zigbee devices and how they look like NodeRed can be controlled.

External links:

Have fun with the project

I hope everything worked as described for you. If not or you have questions or suggestions please let me know in the comments. I will then add this to the article if necessary.
Ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂

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  1. Nice guide.

    I would like to use NodeRed to control the lamps that I have controlled so far with the E1743 switch. How do I fix that?

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