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I have a project area that I'd like to light up from time to time with an Arduino controlling it. I was planning to use a desk lamp, but wondered if there was an easier way than using a relay. Has anyone seen a better (safer) way to interface a lamp to an arduino?
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More expensive, but safer: Power switch tail http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9842
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That's perfect!  I went with a newer model from the manufacturer's website. Thanks!
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someone from my area. awesome! In case you use halogen lamp, keep the lamp base away from your wiring. Once I had some interference problem and it ended up being that my wires are too close to my lamp base. the base has a transformer and every time I turn on or off my lamp, my LCD will get messed up.
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Great to see people from Minnesota!  I hadn't heard of that problem with the lamp.  I was going to go with an LED lamp to save power.  I just want to be able to turn it on remotely, and the Arduino is great at that.  I'm surprised SparkFun doesn't sell the latest version of the Powerswitch tail.
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LED lamps also need DC so transformer + rectifier. Just stay away from the lamp base you will be fine.
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