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Discussion in 'Misc Electronics' started by Josh, Feb 4, 2005.

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  1. Josh

    Josh Guest

    I'm looking for a device that can, in essesence, make lights brighten
    or dim by remote control. Also, the device would be able to shut
    electronic objects on and off, all by remote control. The key point
    being there would be nothing in the targeted electronic machinery that
    would be designed to work by remote control. For instance, and I'm just
    throwing this one out, if you projected microwaves at, say, a lamp,
    would it brighten or dim? Would microwaves even work at all? I was told
    EMF pulses might work. For instance, if I pointed the device I am
    lookng for at a smoke alarm, the light in the smoke alarm would
    brighten. Or if I pointed it at a refridgerator, the refridgerator
    would still stay on, but the cooling system would turn on if it was
    off, and off it was on. Again the key point being the machinery, say
    the refridgerator, was not specifically designed to work by remote, and
    no devices would be implanted in it to allow it to work by remote. Hope
    that's a coherently put question. Thanks for any replies.
  2. CWatters

    CWatters Guest

    You couldn't make ONE device do all this but you might be able to make
    different devices that can do some of these things.

    Do NOT try any of what follows at home because it is very dangerous.
    Microwaves cause cancer and can damage your eyes (send you blind)......

    This page has photos of a light bulb in a microwave oven....

    Smoke alarms use LEDs. These would be harder to light up because there is no
    filament coil to act as an aerial and pick up the microwaves. However by
    adding wires....

    A Fluorescent tube...

    What else did you want?...
  3. CWatters

    CWatters Guest

    Those last things would be next to impossible. You might be able to confuse
    the the control circuit in a fridge but the results would be unpredictable.
    Most likely it would just turn on and off at random. Not exactly useful.
  4. CWatters

    CWatters Guest

  5. Michael

    Michael Guest

    "..nothing implanted ... not specifically designed to work by
    remote..." OK. So plug your light into an X-10 lamp module and ...
  6. Ruediger

    Ruediger Guest

    The stuff you are looking for is a generic X-10 House-control system.
    Usually infra-red or 440MHz or 2.4GHz based remotes are used, but your items
    need to be ready for X-10, or you need to equip them with X-10 stuff.
    As long as you are not a bodily disabled person the costs for such a major
    installation and rework are WAY behind the actual use, because a more
    simple system consisting out of a universal remote and a set of RC'able
    power on/off switches for items and RC'able dimmers for lights cost only a
    percent of a full X-10 and has, from the logical point of view, the same
    capabilities as what you describe ( Cause, honestly: How often do you
    switch around your fridges temperature? )
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