Switch Tutorial Part 2 - How to use a push button to toggle the Relay

In this section, we will continue from Part 1 and add a push button to turn on and off the relay. We will also update the new status of the relay on the Sinric Pro server.

sinricpro relay push button esp8266

Prerequisites :

Component Quantity
ESP32, ESP8266 or RaspPi W 1
SPDT Relay controller 1
Push button 1
10K ohm resistor 1
Jumper Wires 1

Quick introduction to Push button & debouncing

Push buttons can often generate false signals when pressed. This is because the mechanical switch that makes up the button can bounce or chatter slightly when it is pressed. This can cause the button to send multiple signals to the MCU, even though it was only pressed once. The process of eliminating the these signals generated is called debouncing. To eliminate the noise of the push button, we can record a state change and then ignore further input for a few milliseconds.


There are two ways you can wire a push button.

Sinric Pro pull-up pull-down

Pull-Up - When the switch is pressed, digitalRead reads LOW (0) signal.

Pull-Down - When the switch is pressed, digitalRead reads HIGH (1) signal.

MCU Pin Component
ESP32 16 Relay
ESP32 17 Button
ESP8266 12 (D6) Relay
ESP8266 15 (D8) Button
RaspPi W 6 Relay
RaspPi W 7 Button

Before we integrate with sketch from part 1, it is important to verify that the button is wired correctly and working. You can use the following code to check whether the button press.

We are going to use Pull-Down method to wire our push button.

Sinric Pro pull-down arduino serial monitor

Now let’s complete sketch with push button, Relay controller with Sinric Pro integration.

Continue to Part 3 of this article series to learn how to control multiple push buttons with multiple relays.


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