I am a total noob when it comes to the Arduino and would appreciate any help that anyone here may be able to provide as I am very keen to learn more about home automation.
To begin I want to create a sort of home automation dollhouse so that I get the idea on a small scale how it might be for when I eventually could implement it in a house down the line and this also will be showcased in my College as part of our Raspberry Pi and Arduino Society's projects.
At the moment I have a basic two storey wooden dollhouse, a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino Mega that I'd like to have control some LEDs, switches, sensors, Fans and some other components which we have lying around our project room.
My first query is around having enough a large enough amount of power to be supplied to all these components as from the plans we have so far there will be :
- 6x RGB LEDs
- 2x Normal LEDs
- 2x humidity and temp sensors
- 1x sound sensor
- 1x motion sensor
- 1x RFID scanner
- 2x fans
- 1x piezo speaker
From reading online I have seen mentions of external power supplies being used and power shields but in honesty I couldn't understand what might be best for me so any help on where to begin would be awesome.
Thanks for reading and I hope I have included enough information for some one to help or point me in the right direction.