The first tests of the DIY-dimmer "Smart home"

In my last post, I talked about the idea of ​​an interesting dimmer, which should soon become available in hardware. Today I will show a video with the first tests of this dimmer on a breadboard.

Small change of focus

But first a little digression. Quite a lot of questions were raised by the word “innovative” in the heading of the previous article.

I thought that a simple justification for the inclusion of our dimmer could be sufficient justification for this term. Without changing the electrical wiring in a standard Soviet apartment and without using batteries. It turned out that I am not enough in the subject - in Europe there are mass-produced Z-Wave devices with a similar power principle.

Well, that's why I started publishing information about my project at such an early stage. In order to collect feedback that cannot be obtained by cooking in one’s own juice and listening to the opinions of two or three very close people. And although I still consider my project innovative (otherwise why bother doing this?), Its further name will be slightly changed. The essence of the changes is reflected in the title of this post.

Main feature

The main feature of the project is its focus on DIY enthusiasts. Those who want to live in their "smart home", but who do not want to completely reinvent the wheel and fiddle with a soldering iron at night. Those who just want to connect their sensors to our modules can easily program them and quickly install them in different places of their home.

This is the root feature. There is no such thing on the market right now. There is an Arduino, but it is of different sizes, with different power and runs less efficiently on batteries. Our modules (dimmer is the first of a set) will be a ready-made solution for enthusiasts of a new wave. Those who are so disliked by professional electronic engineers. Those who have already played with Arduino and want to apply their knowledge in the real world. Your smart home - much more useful and real?

Sorry for a lot of letters :) And now the video itself:

The first tests of a dimmer assembled on a breadboard

Turn on a regular light bulb in smooth mode

Turning on the energy-saving light bulb in a smooth (not regular) mode

Turning on the energy-saving light bulb in normal mode (without dimming)

Turn on a regular light in non-dim mode

The video was shot by our hardware developer Alexander Rusin (Kiev, Ukraine), the voice-over also belongs to him.