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Multiple LED Unit Control

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Controlling all three prototype lighting units with some preliminary message routing framework.
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PCB Arrival

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The boards I designed finally arrived. I was actually able to solder on the 603-sized parts (teeny tiny). And, to my surprise, the board actually works!

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Back

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Assembled and working

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PCB Layout

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With the light controller working and wireless, I sacrificed a night of sleep to lay it out on a PCB. I give this board maybe a 30% chance of functioning properly, but I’m sure it’ll work great on the inevitable second time around!

light controller 2-layer PCB layout

light controller 2-layer PCB layout

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How Not To Play With Electricity

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Tonight’s experiment was building an AC light dimmer that could be controlled via my little micro-controller. This would basically give me the ability to remote control any standard incandescent lamp, light, or bulb. Or the ability to remotely start a fire in my apartment, depending on my engineering ability. But after a night of building and testing, I can proudly say there were no fires or electrocutions. Yet.

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