So basically I have a terrarium setup for a snake.
The Electrical setup for the snake includes day glo and night glo bulbs. To simulate a more realistic environment i wanted to be able to fade these bulbs at set times. idea being the following:
745am sunglo bulb begins to fade on
745am nightglo bulb begins to fade off
8am sunglow bulb reaches full on
8am nightglo bulb reaches full off
745pm sunglo bulb begins to fade off
745pm nightglo bulb begins to fade on
8pm sunglo bulb fully off
8pm nightglo bulb fully on
Now i understand the rather sevear dangers with 240v mains power and 5/9/12v home made circuits, and i've also noticed a few threads about here for controlling mains lights for fading but i had another solution that may not look so clean as some solutions but for things like vivariums, terrariums ect this could be an ideal solution but i need help from the awesome community.
Basically, programming an arduino or IC to control 2 servos. These servos are hooked up to dimmer switches you'd put on your wall by a link bar, so as the servo turns, it rotates the dimmer dial.
The help would be programming the servo and an effective clock. I'd much rather just run the servos off the arduino (Uno) rather than program an IC or something. that way i can have it all contained in 3 single back boxes for a cleaner look.
Where would be the starting point for this project? I've looked over the tutorial material for servo control but it makes no sense to me