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Star Shower motion button bypass

Discussion in 'Sensors and Actuators' started by LouF, Dec 4, 2018.

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  1. LouF

    LouF

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    From what I recall from initial tinkering, a constant short of the switcg did not work that way; I believe it did not toggle until the button was released. My memory may be getting fuzzy on this, but I know I found out a simple shorting of the switch would not work, hence a more complicated solution was needed. I then tried to simplify an electronic design with R-C to simulate a "button push" within a viable curve.
     
  2. LouF

    LouF

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    Dec 4, 2018
    Thankyou for the info. between the two. Could the difference in the circuitry be so small that it is only a capacitor to save a state in memory?


    Yes, 2-3 times of flipping the power switch (located indoor for the outdoor receptacle of which the unit is plugged into) to activated motion. That is, learning the timing of on-off at the switch. Once it starts motion, it is on. Activation it is not very consistent, but this year it has worked out better. I recall having a hard time during "design" trying to get a good R-C combination for timing. After I did, all of a sudden the timing seemed to change.

    I'm not exactly sure of what you're asking "manual opetation our side of the timer", but if I got it, yes, the button can still be manually pushed on the unit. - But get this, one time the button did not work, and one time motion started and then stopped (I almost took the R-C out and was going to tell him I can't do it, LOL). So far, it has been reasonably functional (it's better than going outside every day, LOL), and I wonder if temperature affects the capacitor.


    I would be interested in what you find between the two. Yes, quick, easy, and it was my "engineering economy" attempt, LOL. I had inspiration from my floodlight motion detector, where (by a much more consistent design), the floodlight will be switched on indefinitely if the power switch is turned off for 1 second and then back on - it works great as long as one counts an honest second.

    I hope I explained clearly.
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2021
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