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by hunty1980
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights
Replies: 60
Views: 6575

Re: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights

All I need to do now is work out how I can link my Google Assistant SDK (installed on a Pi) to this Node-Red flow, so I can turn the lights on and Off by voice command. Worked this out - used a webhook via IFTTT. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped me on the start of my automation journey!! G
by hunty1980
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights
Replies: 60
Views: 6575

Re: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights

I had a play with Node-Red yesterday afternoon. I was able to configure Node-Red to communicate with the MQTT Server, but the Raspberry Pi, configured as the Subscriber, to receive the MQTT Topic and Message, kept coming back with an 'Unknown Message' response. Quick update - I was being very stupi...
by hunty1980
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights
Replies: 60
Views: 6575

Re: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights

You should have started this project in September. True - although in September I'd only just come back from my summer holiday, so putting up Christmas lights was not at the forefront of my mind :lol: :lol: This is simply a project to help me learn more around home automation. Removing the hassle o...
by hunty1980
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights
Replies: 60
Views: 6575

Re: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights

Many thanks for the reply. This is exactly the direction I was thinking of heading and last night I was able to successfully setup a MQTT Server and send MQTT messages via a Broker (using Python Script). Unfortunately, I don't have anything that I can connect to the GPIO pins and confirm end-2-end ...
by hunty1980
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights
Replies: 60
Views: 6575

Re: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights

OutoftheBOTS wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:49 am
What voltage r your lights you want to switch??
One set is 31 volts, another 36 volts and the other 38 volts. Thanks for the video post - will take a look.

G
by hunty1980
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights
Replies: 60
Views: 6575

Re: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights

You say you're new to controlling things with a Pi, and staring with direct control of mains lighting is dangerous if you have doubts (especially if they're outside). Thanks for your response. I'll be doing a whole load of research to ensure I know what I'm doing, before going anywhere near mains e...
by hunty1980
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights
Replies: 60
Views: 6575

Re: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights

able to run a somesort of web interface for the super simple task that you want to do I suggest using MQTT messaging, it is something like sending a phone txt to another phone but it is a computer to computer over the net via a broker. Google/youtube MQTT Many thanks for the reply. This is exactly ...
by hunty1980
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights
Replies: 60
Views: 6575

Re: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights

If you're able to (relatively speaking) throw money at the problem, something like these radio controlled switches will safely deal with the control side. And there's a control board which fits onto a Raspberry Pi. There's software support (in Python and C) for these devices. You can shop around to...
by hunty1980
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights
Replies: 60
Views: 6575

Beginner - Automation of Outside Christmas Lights

Hi Everyone, I'm not new to the Raspberry Pi, but I am new to using the Pi for Home Automation. I'm really keen to start learning about automation using the Pi and the first project which I’m hoping to attempt is switching on/off my outside Christmas Lights via a mobile app/website. I’m not sure whe...
by hunty1980
Mon May 22, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Pi-Portable & or Monitor.
Replies: 72
Views: 52237

Re: Pi-Portable & or Monitor.

Hi Kevin, Great post and huge thanks for all the help you are providing. I've managed to build something similar and now want to wire an old laptop speaker to the control board. I noticed on your project you'd done something similar and wondered whether you'd be kind enough to walk me through how t...
by hunty1980
Mon May 22, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Pi-Portable & or Monitor.
Replies: 72
Views: 52237

Re: Pi-Portable & or Monitor.

Hi Kevin, Great post and huge thanks for all the help you are providing. I've managed to build something similar and now want to wire an old laptop speaker to the control board. I noticed on your project you'd done something similar and wondered whether you'd be kind enough to walk me through how th...

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