Tag Archives: Light

A Smart Night Lamp for Kids

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A Smart Night Lamp for kids. Tutorial and source code available:

Few weeks ago I heard my nephew (aged 7) complaining of the dark at night. Basically he was afraid. So I decided to put knowledge into practice and build a night lamp for kids. Since the project was intended for kids, I thought of making the lamp change color every now and then. It should also be sensitive to light so that if the room is well lit, the lamp would remain off.

A Smart Night Lamp for Kids – [Link]

Better LEDs with just a trick of the light

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Jan Buiting @ elektormagazine.com discuss about a new technique used by scientist to build better LEDs.

By manipulating the incident light, researchers of the Complex Photonics Group at University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, have turned light propagating in a layer of scattering nanoparticles into a rising diffusion curve.

By transforming the diffusion curve the result is more light energy being held inside an opaque layer which could lead to better yields for solar cells or LEDs. Even in a medium characterized by randomness, like a collection of non-organized particles that all scatter light, the net spreading of light is uniform. This is typical for diffusion.

Better LEDs with just a trick of the light – [Link]

Arduino controlled Triac light dimmer

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diy_bloke @ instructables.com has build an arduino controlled triac light dimmer and describes the circuit and software used to achieve that.

It becomes a bit more tricky if one wants to dim a mains AC lamp with an arduino: just limiting the current through e.g. a transistor is not really possible due to the large power the transistor then will need to dissipate, resulting in much heat and it is also not efficient from an energy use point of view.

Arduino controlled Triac light dimmer – [Link]

PWM dimmer for LED lighting

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Lukas Fassler has published a new project, a DIY PWM dimmer for LED lighting. The dimmer can handle 100W@12V and is controlled by a single potentiometer.

I have recently moved to a new apartment and was looking for a PWM dimmer to control some 12V LED strips. I thought that should be easy enough nowadays but it proved more difficult than I thought. All I found either didn’t meet my requirements, were uggly or expensive. So I decided to build my own, tailor-made to my needs.

PWM dimmer for LED lighting – [Link]

Light To Audio Oscillator

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Light Sensitive Audio Oscillator project is a fun loving project which will create different sound effects depending on the light falling on the sensor

Specifications

  • Supply input 5 ~ 12 VDC
  • Output 8 Ohms, 0.5 W Speaker
  • Terminal pins for supply voltage and speaker connection
  • Power-On LED indicator
  • PCB dimensions 38 mm x 44 mm

Light To Audio Oscillator – [Link]

Sound to light effect

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Audio Dancing LED project is a fun filled project which generates a LED dancing sequence depending on the audio level it senses.  This project is based on one of the VU Meter IC LB1403 or CA1403

Specifications

  • Power supply input 6 to 9 VDC
  • Output 5 LED’s
  • Onboard preset to adjust audio level to the IC
  • Onboard microphone capsule with Preamp
  • Terminal pins for connecting power supply input
  • Four mounting holes of 3.2 mm each
  • PCB dimensions 39 mm x 67 mm

Sound to Light Effect – [Link]

Warning LED Flash Light

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LED Flasher is a simple project producing a flashing effect of six LED’s.  This project can be used in all areas where you want to draw attention.  Hi-glow LED’s providing enough flashing light to attract your attention. Can be used as warning light.

Specifications

  • Supply input 12 V @ 35 mA (6 to 15V Dc Possible)
  • Onboard preset to adjust flash rate
  • Terminal pins for connecting supply input
  • Four mounting holes of 3.2 mm each
  • PCB dimensions 53 mm x 35 mm
  • CN1: Supply in 12V DC (6V-15V Supply Possible)
  • PR1 : Flash Frequency Adjust

Warning LED Flash Light – [Link]

Light and Dark Sensitive Switch

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Light / Dark Sensitive Switch project is a simple project which operates a relay when the light falling on the LDR goes below or goes above a set point.

  • Input – 12 V @ 50 mA
  • Relay output – SPDT relay
  • 2-in-1 kit, either as light sensitive kit or dark sensitive switch
  • Onboard preset to set the level
  • Power-On LED indicator
  • Relay On LED indicator
  • Power Battery Terminal (PBT) for easy relay output connection
  • Four mounting holes of 3.2 mm each
  • PCB dimensions 50 mm x 54 mm

Light and Dark Sensitive Switch – [Link]

ESP8266 touchscreen WiFi light controller and clock

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Spiros Papadimitriou has build a WiFi light controller and clock based on ESP8266:

A couple of months ago I picked up cheap WiFi-controlled LED bulbs (one among dozens of very similar devices), after seeing them at a friend’s place. This turned out to be an excuse to play with the ESP8266, which has inspired several hacks. I was overall very happy with these bulbs: decent Android and iOS apps and, compared to fancier solutions (e.g., Philips Hue or Belkin WeMo), they do not require any proprietary base stations, and you can’t beat the price! However, switching off the lights before falling asleep involved hunting for the phone, opening the app, and waiting for it to scan the network; not an ideal user experience. I was actually missing our old X10 alarm clock controller (remember those?), so I decided to make one from scratch, because… why not?

ESP8266 touchscreen WiFi light controller and clock – [Link]

Basic Automotive Lighting Control with MCU

The electronics trend in automotive is continuously rising due to the demand in the market. The technological developments are now into embedded system in which the manufacturers are developing products that suits to the needs of the people. In this design, it features a automotive lighting control using an MCU with S12 CPU core, 25 MHz bus and up to 240 KB on-chip flash with Error Correction Code (ECC). The timer interface module (TIM) supports up to eight channels that provide a range of 16-bit input capture, output compare, counter and pulse accumulator functions. The on-chip SRAM is up to 12KB while 240KB for flash and 4KB for EEPROM.

The design is comprised of S9S12G240F0CLF 16-bit microcontrollers that serves as the host of the automotive lighting control. It directly communicates with MC10XS6325EK high side driver for the halogen lamps and LEDs that are used in the automotive lighting module. The capacitors connected to VBAT improve emission and immunity performances the same case on VCC while the one connected to CP is charge pump tank capacitor. The capacitor that are connected to OUT1 to OUT5 are for sustaining ESG gun and fast transient pulses that improve emission and immunity performances while the one connected to OUT6 is for sustaining reverse battery voltage. The resistors closed to CSNS pin are for output current sensing and low pass filter removing noise while the ones connected to SYNCB and smart power CSNS are pull-up resistors for the synchronization of A/D conversion. The watchdog timer IN1 to IN4 resistors helps to withstand high voltage. The 20V zener diode and a regular diode are used for the protection of the entire system from possible voltage transients with load or no load while the 5V zener diode is used to ensure 5V supply for the MCU and other components that operates within that range of voltage.

This design is also applicable to space-constrained applications, body controllers, door modules, HVAC, smart actuators, and some related industrial controlling applications with only few external components needed for modifications. It is also a good choice for automotive technological developments and experiments. Since it is targeted generic automotive applications and some intensive applications, therefore it is durable compared to a regular MCUs.

Basic Automotive Lighting Control with MCU – [Link]