Modify the switches for domotic home
Change the switches for domotic home
|In a house with a garden, you need a lot of switches to turn all light (interior lights, garden lights, outdoor lights).
So it is easy to have lights consist of 5-6 switches are difficult to locate and aesthetically objectionable.
So I decided to make them by myself. Or rather, I looked around until I find something to fit to my ideas
At the end I found the caps from the series Vimar Idea.
|With a template (at left in photo above) with 8 holes arranged in two rows, I wash a fair amount of caps.
to each caps, I inserted a row of 4 LEDs cylindrical flat-head and in the other row of small buttons held by a small base breadboard.
The hard part has been welded, many threads as there are terminals LEDs and buttons.
|A piece of spring steel wire, put in two holes created in sides of the walls of the cap, ensuring the mechanical strength, against high pressures on the button.
On the back of a stream of thermal glue to seal everything. On the back of the thermal glue is not nice to see … but on front the aesthetic result is nice and everything works fine. The photos on this page to prove it. You press the button and the LED will illuminate.
|The parts needed to change the switches. A left to right, the template, a cap on the series Vimar Idea drilled, a piece of matrix board, the same with 4 switches, an cylinder LED red and the rest of the cap with a thick installed (blue), which acts as a support to the switches.|
|A light source assembly. The LED indicator can be on or flashing at various speeds depending on the situations.|
The electronics also ensures that the LED lights on all the light points, and in every room so you can know the lights that are on.
You can act also for keys combinations. Pressing any buttons together, can open the garage, the gate motor, turn on for event sound messages, activate the garden pump.
The effect is this: when you press a button, you turns on the light and the corresponding red LED. When an external PIR sensor turns on the light, the LED corresponding to the button flashes with a low rate that accelerates over the last 5 seconds before turning off. In this way, you immediately know which are the lights on, and if lit by people (LED drive), or sensors (flashing). Always at a glance, based on the frequency of flashing, you can determine if the lights are about to go off.