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Today 03:02 AM
Dahammer Wow! I see that this project is still alive and well after all this time! My Arduino and Sat+ fixture is still going strong and hasn't missed a beat.
11-18-2014 06:21 PM
toaduck
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Originally Posted by kman View Post
It's an Arduino shield. They just stack right on top of the Arduino, and the "legs" on the bottom of the shield align perfectly with, and slide directly into, the headers on the Arduino itself.

Great find, AH! I wish I had known about this when I built mine!
Ah ok. I'm learning. Thanks guys.

Are you lurking brookster? Lol
11-18-2014 06:19 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by toaduck View Post
How do you attatch this to the arduino?
It's an Arduino shield. They just stack right on top of the Arduino, and the "legs" on the bottom of the shield align perfectly with, and slide directly into, the headers on the Arduino itself.

Great find, AH! I wish I had known about this when I built mine!
11-18-2014 06:11 PM
toaduck
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Originally Posted by AnotherHobby View Post
Here is a 5 minute photoshop job for you if you are a visual person, this should really help. I changed the "legs" of the resistor and LED to yellow and green instead of silver so they show up better in the pic.

The resistor is 150 ohms. The IR LED has a +/- side, so you just need to make sure the - side goes to the resistor and then to ground. The - side physically has a flat spot on that side of the LED, and a shorter leg. The resistor orientation does not matter.

You can just bend the legs to reach their spots. Only 3 solder joints, highlighted in red. It can't get much easier than this.


How do you attatch this to the arduino?
11-18-2014 03:08 PM
AnotherHobby
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Originally Posted by toaduck View Post
Thanks. I wish I understood this stuff more. I wouldn't know where to solder what. I'm good at following schematics.....my soldering skills are good but that's about it. Can you explain where would solder where in relation to using kmans schematic?
Here is a 5 minute photoshop job for you — if you are a visual person, this should really help. I changed the "legs" of the resistor and LED to yellow and green instead of silver so they show up better in the pic.

The resistor is 150 ohms. The IR LED has a +/- side, so you just need to make sure the - side goes to the resistor and then to ground. The - side physically has a flat spot on that side of the LED, and a shorter leg. The resistor orientation does not matter.

You can just bend the legs to reach their spots. Only 3 solder joints, highlighted in red. It can't get much easier than this.

11-18-2014 02:27 PM
toaduck
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Originally Posted by AnotherHobby View Post
If you want to make this super stupid easy, get a data logging shield. They are less than $5 shipped on evilbay (for example, search item 191138232800). It has an RTC built in, so you don't have to solder that, and it has a small prototyping area to solder the resistor and IR emitter, so you don't need a proto-shield. The proto area has 5v, ground, and access to all the pins you need. You are reduced to 3 simple soldering joints for the IR stuff, and that's it. It has an SD card you won't use, but for less than $5 who cares.
Thanks. I wish I understood this stuff more. I wouldn't know where to solder what. I'm good at following schematics.....my soldering skills are good but that's about it. Can you explain where would solder where in relation to using kmans schematic?
11-18-2014 02:19 PM
AnotherHobby If you want to make this super stupid easy, get a data logging shield. They are less than $5 shipped on evilbay (for example, search item 191138232800). It has an RTC built in, so you don't have to solder that, and it has a small prototyping area to solder the resistor and IR emitter, so you don't need a proto-shield. The proto area has 5v, ground, and access to all the pins you need. You are reduced to 3 simple soldering joints for the IR stuff, and that's it. It has an SD card you won't use, but for less than $5 who cares.
11-18-2014 07:15 AM
kman
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Originally Posted by toaduck View Post
Thanks so much. You have just made up my mind. I'm going to do this. My wife thanks you.......lololol
Have fun, and post pictures!
11-18-2014 07:04 AM
toaduck Thanks so much. You have just made up my mind. I'm going to do this. My wife thanks you.......lololol
11-18-2014 07:02 AM
kman
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Originally Posted by toaduck View Post
What does the output voltage on the phone need to be or does it matter.
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Originally Posted by toaduck View Post
Oh and is the ir receiver necessary? It's just for when he was experimenting, right?
Any phone charger where you put a USB connector into the charger is going to be USB standard 5v, which is exactly what you need.

And yes, that's right. The IR receiver was only necessary in the early stages so the OP could learn the IR codes for the Current lights. Since you have Current lights, all of that work is done. If you had some other brand of light that used IR but different codes, then you would have some work to do, and would need the IR receiver as well. (The Ecotech E series codes have also been worked out by AnotherHobby, so if you end up with those lights, also no need for IR receiver) But no, you're all set with Current lights.
11-18-2014 06:57 AM
toaduck Oh and is the ir receiver necessary? It's just for when he was experimenting, right?
11-18-2014 06:52 AM
toaduck
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Originally Posted by kman View Post
The LCD screen isn't strictly necessary, but it makes life a LOT easier. I think it's possible to do it without the RTC, too, but if you ever lose power (or unplug it for a moment) you have to reset the clock, and the only way to do that is reconnect to a computer. HUGE PITA. The RTC is well worth the $6 (or less).

I posted the full schematic just page back, in post #603. (assuming you use an i2c LCD, or no LCD ... if you have to wire all the LCD pins it's a LOT more work)

I used an UNO clone from Amazon that is working great ($13):
UNO R3 Rev3

The Funduino clones from DealExtreme.com work as well, I'm told, but at $15 you're not saving any money over Amazon and you'll wait weeks for delivery. Arduino is supposed to be an open source platform, meant for others to build on, so buying a clone that works well and makes no pretense at being an Arduino-BRAND Arduino, there is no problem whatsoever with buying a legit compatible board, like the ones I've listed here.

You'll want a DS1307 based RTC. They're cheap. I used this one ($6):
SainSmart Tiny RTC I2C DS1307 AT24C32 24C32 memory Real Time Clock Module for Arduino

You'll need an IR LED. $2.50 at Radio Shack is as good as you're going to get for a single LED, unless you have a local electronics supply store that can do better. They're a lot cheaper (each) in bulk, of course, but if you're only building one, that won't help you.

I recommend an LCD, but technically you can do it without it. A 16x2 LCD with i2c connection is fairly cheap at Amazon at $11:
SainSmart IIC/I2C/TWI 1602 Serial LCD Module Display
If you're willing to wait a month for shipping, you can probably save about $6 and get one for $5 from overseas.

The only other thing you probably need to buy is a 150 ohm resistor. Radio Shack can help ($1.50), or your local electronics supply.

You'll also need a soldering iron, solder, wires to connect it all, a USB power supply (an old phone charger, perhaps?) and some sort of enclosure, but the parts I listed about is really all you absolutely have to have.

Assuming you can scrounge that last stuff, $34 plus tax is all you're looking at (less if you can wait for shipments from China). Pretty reasonable, IMO.
What does the output voltage on the phone need to be or does it matter.
11-18-2014 06:48 AM
kman
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Originally Posted by toaduck View Post
I have read back and forth on this thread and have some questions. I'm looking to get started on one of these. I only want the led control for 2 sat plus units and none of the bells and whistles. Only the necessities.

Is the lcd screen necessary?

Is the real time clock necessary?

I'm all for supporting arduino but are the clones ok. Which one would you recommend? Looking to minimize cost.

Is there some where I can find a complete schematic tutorial for wiring it. It seems spread out all over the forum.

Thanks guys for committing your time and energy to this project.
The LCD screen isn't strictly necessary, but it makes life a LOT easier. I think it's possible to do it without the RTC, too, but if you ever lose power (or unplug it for a moment) you have to reset the clock, and the only way to do that is reconnect to a computer. HUGE PITA. The RTC is well worth the $6 (or less).

I posted the full schematic just page back, in post #603. (assuming you use an i2c LCD, or no LCD ... if you have to wire all the LCD pins it's a LOT more work)

The full parts list is simply: Arduino, RTC, IR LED, Resistor, and perhaps an LCD. 5 Parts, total.

I used an UNO clone from Amazon that is working great ($13):
UNO R3 Rev3 UNO R3 Rev3

The Funduino clones from DealExtreme.com work as well, I'm told, but at $15 you're not saving any money over Amazon and you'll wait weeks for delivery. Arduino is supposed to be an open source platform, meant for others to build on, so buying a clone that works well and makes no pretense at being an Arduino-BRAND Arduino, there is no problem whatsoever with buying a legit compatible board, like the ones I've listed here.

You'll want a DS1307 based RTC. They're cheap. I used this one ($6):
SainSmart Tiny RTC I2C DS1307 AT24C32 24C32 memory Real Time Clock Module for Arduino SainSmart Tiny RTC I2C DS1307 AT24C32 24C32 memory Real Time Clock Module for Arduino


You'll need an IR LED. $2.50 at Radio Shack is as good as you're going to get for a single LED, unless you have a local electronics supply store that can do better. They're a lot cheaper (each) in bulk, of course, but if you're only building one, that won't help you.

I recommend an LCD, but technically you can do it without it. A 16x2 LCD with i2c connection is fairly cheap at Amazon at $11:
SainSmart IIC/I2C/TWI 1602 Serial LCD Module Display SainSmart IIC/I2C/TWI 1602 Serial LCD Module Display
If you're willing to wait a month for shipping, you can probably save about $6 and get one for $5 from overseas.

The only other thing you probably need to buy is a 150 ohm resistor. Radio Shack can help ($1.50), or your local electronics supply.

You'll also need a soldering iron, solder, wires to connect it all, a USB power supply (an old phone charger, perhaps?) and some sort of enclosure, but the parts I listed about is really all you absolutely have to have.

If you want to get fancy, some perf board to make a more permanent setup (see my post #603 linked above), but that's not strictly necessary... it could technically be done with all with wires if you really need to pinch pennies.

Assuming you can scrounge that last stuff, $34 plus tax is all you're looking at (less if you can wait for shipments from China). Pretty reasonable, IMO.
11-18-2014 04:31 AM
toaduck I have read back and forth on this thread and have some questions. I'm looking to get started on one of these. I only want the led control for 2 sat plus units and none of the bells and whistles. Only the necessities.

Is the lcd screen necessary?

Is the real time clock necessary?

I'm all for supporting arduino but are the clones ok. Which one would you recommend? Looking to minimize cost.

Is there some where I can find a complete schematic tutorial for wiring it. It seems spread out all over the forum.

Thanks guys for committing your time and energy to this project.
11-01-2014 08:47 AM
Greg0u812
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Originally Posted by mistergreen View Post
There are a few libraries out there that will play sound file from an SD card.

Lightning an thunder rarely sync in real life though. There a few seconds delay. Hope you're not around when they do sync.

Was on a camping trip 14 years ago when it synched up on me. Hit the tree my rig was parked under!

Happened again 2 years ago at my house. Hit the chimney and fried my air conditioning system (actually caught the air handler on fire).


You feel it and smell it right before it hits. Makes your hair stand on end. Not something I want to experience a third time!


Very nice looking setup kman!
I'm still needing a few things to get my setup going but hope to start on it fairly soon.
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