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Subject: Re: help for a total newbie
Date: 19 Oct 2002 05:53:54 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: 19 Oct 2002 12:53:54 GMT
iLuke@the-techie.com (iLuke) wrote in message news:<firstname.lastname@example.org>...
> Hi all,
> I'm pretty new to electronics but my dad is helping me out and
> teaching me.
> Basically, here's the deal:
> I'm trying to find the schematics for a circuit that I can use as an
> electonic dimmer switch for 110V 100 watt (or less) lamp. I'm trying
> to build an electonic dimmer switch (as apposed to the normaly
> mechanical ones).
> I don't really know how much explaining this needs, so I'll just
> rambel on and on... I guess more info is better than less. What I'm
> aiming for is to create a box that will have several of these boards
> that I want to make mounted in it. Coming out of one side of this box
> (let's call it the Control Box) will be lead wires to two electric
> switches, one that will dim the lights and the other that will
> brighten them. Then the other side of this box will have several plugs
> so i can plug lamps into it. I would like the lights to be controlled
> (dim or brighten) infinately as apposed to incramentally. I hope you
> all know what I'm talking about...
> I'm using this as a entry-level project to begin studying elctronics.
> Any/all help or suggestions for websites that have light control
> schematics on 'em would be greatly appriciated!
Dimmers are normally electronic, not mechanical.
You only need one dimmer to do this, not a row of them. Just plug all
the lights into the one.
You can buy light dimmers for 5 or 10 each, with a rating of usually
250w or 500w max load. If 500w max load is not enough - it will be for
most home jobs - it is possible to replace the triac with something
Having said all this, there are safety issues here, and if you dont
have someone experienced to look out for you, it might be better to do
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