Ever since I started tinkering with hardware I’ve been accumulating more and more “stuff”. Most often these are little things like connectors, sensors, mosfets, etc.. And more often then not I don’t buy 1 or 2 but buy them per 10 or even 20 at the same time.
After a while I was having trouble keeping it all sorted and easily accessible so I started to look around for a cost effective way of storing everything and I think I might have found it. Read on to see what I’m using.
Continue reading The Ikea tinker storage system
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.
Continue reading ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 9 of X: The new house lighting plan
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
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.
Continue reading ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 7 of X: Updated Dimmer and Domoticz code
The next part I needed for my Domotica system was a way to have physical switches in my house which would run ‘virtual’ actions. Tonight I programmed the ESP LUA code to test this.
Continue reading ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 6 of X: ESP8266 Domoticz Wall Switch
Today I programmed another part of the system I envision for my new house. It’s a bash shell script which checks if either my phone or that of my girlfriend is in range and depending on if it is or not it changes a switch in Domoticz. That way I can automate all the lights turning off when we are not home, and coming back on when we are!
Detecting the presence of the phones
I looked at several ways of doing this, from a simple ping script to a arp-scan, etc.
Continue reading Domoticz: Bash script for presence detection using NMAP
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!
Continue reading ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 5 of X: Ikea Lamp hacks
To get started with the ESP8266 ESP-01 I recommend flashing and programming it before soldering it down. This way you know it’s working and that the program code is also functioning. Depending on how you mount it on your board it can be a bit hard to do so later on!
Connect the board to USB using an Arduino or Serial-to-USB adapter
Continue reading ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 3 of X: Flashing and programming the ESP-01
This post will describe the hardware you need to build your own WiFi controllable LED dimmer! This post will list what you need, why and where I bought it from!
Continue reading ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 2 of X: The Hardware
For a while now I’ve been working on building my own network controlled LED dimmer. I have sampeled some commercially available remotely controllable LED dimmers (DX.com models, AppLamp, Fibaro Z-wave, etc.) but all either lacked some fuctions or where WAY too expensive to rollout house wide. So, I decided to construct my own version! In the next few posts I will detail my efforts and explain in detail how to build the latest version! Read on!
Continue reading ESP8266 WiFi LED dimmer Part 1 of X: The setup