From: "Justin Farrelly"
Subject: Re: help for a total newbie
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 13:35:01 +0000 (UTC)
Organization: BT Openworld
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Like the others I too am concerned about you heading off into the world
of 110VAC on your first project. Many of us who are most probably
a little older than you are steer well clear of 110VAC, and basically
anything over 48V just because it does go wrong so easily. It is
very unforgiving if you accidently make yourself part of the circuit,
and most professionals who do design work at 110V work in an
environment where it is compulsory for other CPR trained workers
to be present at all times: I know, I work in that space sometimes,
and have a few scars to show for it!!
On a positive note, there are lots of really excellent things you
can do at low cost, that will run on batteries, and fit in your pocket
if you wish. Many of these you can experiment with to your
hearts content and even if you do get it wrong, many times the
components will forgive you (well, once or twice!!).
This is definitly the place to get help, with lots of friendly people,
and many, like myself would be happy to see if we can help you
get something built you can be proud of.
Have a think about what you want to do, and mail us back!!
"iLuke" wrote in message
> 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!
> Feel free to e-mail me iLuke@NOSPAM.com. Replace NOSPAM with