So, I'm a complete noob to the world of Raspberry Pi, and, although I have been following lots of news about this exciting new technology, I still don't have a grasp of it.
I'd like to begin my journey into understanding the RPi with a project: controlling mains electricity. Now, I've seen a few videos on this, but all of them seem to use relays, huge breadboards, etc. I need my "device" to fit within a regular size light switch. I could be sounding bonkers to all you professionals out there, but would it be possible to create an executable program which sent a signal through an RF transmitter (connected to the RPi board on my desk) to a receiver (mounted in the light switch) which would toggle the switch and turn the lights on/off?
I figured out one of the components I need is a SSR
(solid state relay) so we can tick that off the list! Now all I need is the RF transmitters and code.
More exciting developments! Talking to some other people and more research have lead me to believe that it would be best to buy a Lightwave RF socket
and control it with a 433mhz transmitter attached to the Pi's GPIO. I've also took note of the tutorial here
. Now, because I don't want to have to spend more money buying the Lightwave RF remote and an arduino and a breakout board, could someone point me to what to do next in order to get some coding running an get a file which could send a signal to the LWRF to turn on/off?
For anyone who is following along (hard to believe seeing as only one person has even tried to help me so far) I stumbled upon this
blog post, which helped greatly in how to gather the codes. Now I have a bunch of 1's and 0's, what next?