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1  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Do I need to solder my own dimmer? on: September 25, 2012, 02:40:19 pm
Thank you, this looks like the thing I was looking for.
2  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Do I need to solder my own dimmer? on: September 25, 2012, 11:50:09 am
hey,

I have seen that a lot people control 230V AC lamps with the arduino. Someone suggested http://www.hoelscher-hi.de/hendrik/english/dimmer.htm as a tutorial for that.

Unfortunately I am more a programmer than an electrician, which means I do not understand the tutorial that I linked and I don't think it is a good thing to work with 230V without any knowledge about what exactly I am doing (+ I can't modify it to include an arduino smiley-wink ).

Is there any ready-made piece to make things easier? I am okay with building things that use 12V (or 5V or whatever) and I built things with LEDs and motors successfully.

I thought about using a dimmer switch and a step motor, but this seems like a kludgy solution to me. Maybe there is something better?

Thanks,
Alex
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