EDIT: Ha, I found a video of someone else doing the same thing, but with roughly a BILLION more steps. People gotta learn how to be lazy.
In this article I’ll show a simple 3D design for a servo mount to control a light switch for about $3, plus some electronics to drive it with a neat little interface. This article explains how I used it to regulate my air conditioner, but the basic bracket allows control of any U.S. standard wall switch.
I just moved into a new office and there’s a window-mounted air conditioner. There’s a remote control to set the target temperature, but the unit isn’t smart enough to turn off at night. Instead, there’s a physical wall switch so you can turn it off with your actual physical hands, like a barbarian.
I’m not going to put up with a hot office in the morning, nor will I let the unit blow cold air all night and weekend when nobody’s around. Instead, I will Build Some Crap.
Details after the break. Continue reading AC power control without touching AC power
Step 1: Make a rock tumbler out of some threaded rods, bearings, a motor, and a spaghetti jar:
Step 2: Get sand. If you don’t live in a beach/desert, you can probably get some for free from a landscaping supply place. (They charge per ton, so when you ask for a cup, they will think you are a crazy person and just give it to you.)
Step 3: Chuck the LEDs and sand into the thing and run it overnight.
Here’s what not to do:
- Use an orbital sander to wiggle the jar. It’s super load loud and doesn’t do much.
- Add water. This just gives you corroded LEDs that arent even diffuse.
- Run it with so much power that centrifugal force sticks everything to the sides and it vibrates itself off your desk overnight.
- Run it with so little power that it stalls.
- Fail to own a variable power supply so that your only choices are 12V and 9V (see above).
- Make your first shaft coupler out of gaffer tape. I ended up designing and 3D printing a simple shaft coupler.