Or how to bring some light to a nerd doomer
So I took the time off the forum and spent my weekend finally finishing the hardware part of my LED strip desk light thing. I plan on doing a write up on a blog when I also finish the software part, but decided to dump something here too:
It all started with a note in my (based) Nextcloud instance:
Although most of it is about software, the idea can be described by first 3 points.
From there I experimented on a breadboard, and left it at that for a long time, until recently. I took out an old ATX PSU and did some tests. Measured dimensions, and read about my MCU of choice (ESP8266).
So after all that i ordered some parts, and then sat down and drew a schematic:
When the parts arrived I drilled and assembled the case to figure out how much space I have to play with.
And got to work on soldering it all.
And in the end I stuffed it all inside and soldered some more. And yes, I know I put wires on top of Wi-Fi antenna, Thug life, get over it.
After a i bit of whoopsie with the logic levels, it was done.
So now only two things left:
- Code the firmware
- Mount it.
I am still not sure if I want to over-complicate it with MQTT and OpenHAB, might just do a REST thing over HTTPS.