Category Archives: LED lighting

ESP8266 LED lighting: LED Power Supply China vs Mean Well

As you’ve been able to read in previous posts, I’m working on a lighting system in my new home based on LED downlights and LED strip.

Although the LED Downlights can come with a driver, I’ve opted not to use those (and save about ~5$ per light). I will be driving both directly with DC power. This requires me to have a large amount of DC wattage. And since buying power supplies for this is an investment, I’ve decided to test a few “cheap” Chinese models vs Mean Well models to see how they compare and which would be the best investment. Continue reading ESP8266 LED lighting: LED Power Supply China vs Mean Well

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Home Networking: First walk through on the build site

As some might know, we’ve been building a house for a while now. We’re now into it about 1 year and I thought it would be nice to show a video of how things are progressing and also showcase some of the “features” that are going into the house.

So, introducing the Home Networking series 1st post and video! The home networking series will be my journey starting from scratch, creating the plans, having the house built and installing everything to try and create the ultimate home setup. I’ll take you with me, share the good and the bad and hopefully some some fun going along! Continue reading Home Networking: First walk through on the build site

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Panasonic G7 25FPS to 30FPS

As you probably where able to see in the previous video I decided to replace my 6 year old Sony Nex-5 with a Panasonic G7. I remember thinking 6 years ago that it was sad they where still bringing out PAL (25FPS) and NTSC (30FPS) models of the same camera without allowing you to change it. Guess what, this new Panasonic is locked too! Horrible!

I found a away to change that though! Continue reading Panasonic G7 25FPS to 30FPS

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ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 10 of X: Finding the right lights

Now that the LED dimmer is working and I have workable boards (Still working on better PCB designs) and I have a plan laid out for the house, the last task was to find the right lights to use them with. This turned out to be harder then I thought!

Recently I finally found what I’ve been looking for, both a downlights and LED strip!

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ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 9 of X: The new house lighting plan

The whole reason for building my own LED dimmer was because I’m currently building a new house and was unsatisfied with commercially available dimmers. They either didn’t have the features I desired or where way too expensive and often, both!

This post will describe which parts of the house will be powered using my LED dimmer solution.

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ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 8 of X: Version 2 of the PCB design

With the help of kind internet folks I was able to get a fritzing part for the new voltage converter I wanted to use to try and make a smaller board. A few weeks ago I sent my new ‘panalized’ design to dirtypcb’s and I got them back last week. They are awesome! Read on to order the boards yourself! Continue reading ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 8 of X: Version 2 of the PCB design

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ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 7 of X: Updated Dimmer and Domoticz code

I recently did a small addition to my dimmer code which gives you the ability to add the dimmer time to the sent values remotely. This way you can choose to dim quickly or slowly per dim action.

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ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 5 of X: Ikea Lamp hacks

Since I now have a cheap WiFi controllable LED dimmer I’m looking at various ways of lighting rooms, hallways, etc. Since different rooms require different type of lighting they require a different lamp. Some simple, some more fancy. After experimenting with LED strips in aluminium profiles this post will be about hacking Ikea lamps!

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