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We Have Wireless

Apartment, Automation, Lights

Prototype LED Board
After going dark for a while, I finally have some work to show. As you may know, the end result of this all is to have LED lighting units on my furniture that are all wirelessly controlled over the ZigBee wireless protocol. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I have a custom LED control circuit using an Atmega168 micro-controller, a TI LED controler, and an XBee ZigBee radio, and an application that can control it.

Here’s a rough video of the result. Basically, I use my application to discover the lighting control over Zigbee wireless. I can then select the node, the lighting channel on the node, and the color to set the lights too. This is very rough prototype just to see the idea in action.
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Upgraded Remote


The light setup is now working with the new Nordic RF radio and keyfob. Now it’s just a matter of finding interesting things to do with 5 buttons…

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New Remote


Started playing with a new keyfob remote based on a Nordic nRF24L01+ RF radio.  Trying to rewrite software libraries to control it.


Also added connectors to my LED controller board.


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Furniture Lighting with LEDS


One problem with using LEDs to light my furniture is that it might give my apartment a “fishtank lighting” appearance. It may be possible to tweak the RGB balance to give it a warmer look.


Current Lighting


LED Lighting


Big Difference

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