Automated stair lighting mission – EDN

For poorly illuminated stairs to a decrease stage, I wished to create automated lighting that might add a ‘wow’ issue and be enjoyable and really totally different.

Sure, in fact, it will have been doable for some kind of regular overhead lighting managed by a swap, however that requires somebody to do one thing (easy sufficient, I do know, to flip a swap) but it surely’s boring. I wished one thing totally different. Admittedly, my mission is overkill however enjoyable and introduced a variety of challenges.

So, first, let’s evaluation the mission specs.

  • Lighting for an 11-step staircase resulting in the decrease stage that activates and off mechanically
  • ‘Wow’ issue that might make individuals understand a really totally different and enjoyable expertise

The challenges have been:

  • The way to make the lights come on and off mechanically utilizing some kind of sensory enter
  • Not altering the construction of the staircase
  • Not having to invent a brand new system for each step whereas having every step carry out as a part of an total system
  • Being able to make adjustments, updates and carry out upkeep simply on the general system–and never 11 occasions for every step

My answer concerned a staircase illuminated with LEDs, a sensor at every step related to an impartial board with all of the boards related and speaking with one another to kind the system.

The result’s:

  • Every step is impartial however can work together with others
  • Straightforward updates to the techniques
  • Capacity to vary lights or add one thing new with no adjustments to the prevailing boards
  • System could be managed from any laptop to make adjustments, updates, carry out upkeep

Here’s a quick video demonstration of the mission:

Nicolas Rabault is the co-founder and CEO and Luos. He has expertise in robotics and as a analysis engineer in real-time embedded techniques.

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