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IshmaelVignsten

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Hi guys,

I have recently made a little program to help me wake up in the mornings. it's a simple alarm that plays an mp3 at 6:30 every morning. what i want it to be able to do is for it to automatically turn on my lights at 630 too

anyone done it before? any ideas?
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Possible , i suppose :)

Alot of electrical knowledge would have to be known... are you planning on installing this yourself ?

I would not know how you are going to send the signal from the computer to the switch/trigger...

software to send the signal off is another senario again :)

fair bit involved , and i have never heard of such a setup lol , tried google ?( i think google will be your friend in this situation :) )

Why not just settle with the lights coming on when you clap lol ???

Ez2c

PS: What lights are you referring to lol ( home light's ??? )

idont know weather the computer could switch it on , if it is possible , if you run through a relay'd circuit ( run the load of the current through the relay , and the computer just trigger and pull the contacts ??? ( only small curent needed to hold the relay active ( and the relay handles the high current ) , as you would not run that through a computer and dont think it is possible anyway... you'd fry it :)

i assume this would involve soldering wires to certain parts of the motherboard or other hardware... ( have to ask yourself , are you confident anough to preform these procedures ???)

PSS: Are these LED ( Light emitting diodes ) lights ??? , i think with some relays and other gadgets , it may very well be possible ( LED's require only a small current flow , compared to other " Standard lights "

Edited by Ez2c, 19 August 2009 - 04:43 AM.

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Alot of electrical knowledge would have to be known...

No it doesn't. Home Automation is a mature industry, been around for years. It is basically plug in and go.
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indeed... x10 systems are the most purchased version of home automation...but they've got millions of other systems out there...heck you can go to lowes and get a whole system to do everything in your house from the computer (or a mobile phone)....even unlock your doors from the internet
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My 2003 Avalon, for example, has 3 buttons built in to the sun visor that I can (easily) program. The typical use, of course, is the garage door opener. But the other buttons can be used to turn on lights, TV, or start the coffee pot.
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Thanks for the reply guys, I'm not experienced at this kind of stuff so I'm still reading up about it when i have some more specific questions I'll post em!
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