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November 24, 2014 AT 6:00 am

How to ‘Bling’ up a Boring Staircase with an Aruino and LEDs

This tutorial from sjowett shows you how to give your staircase a big arduino powered boost!

Well why indeed, Well why not!

This project has 2 distinct appeals to me.

1) For me, it does jazz up a very plain area of the house. It also does it in a way that is unique (I’m not aware you can buy this sort of thing from the local hardware or electronics shop – not yet at least),

2) There is a practical and safety element too here.

Practical – The hall and stairs a frequently used but only need to be lit whilst you walk up/down them. You can switch the lights on and off each time but even the energy miser that I am I forget sometimes to switch the off only to realise hours later that they are still on.

Safety – As this system is automaticaly switch on via passive infra red detectors (PIR), it might save a fall down the stairs at night if, either you risk walking down with the light off or someone unfamiliar with your house stumbles down because they can not find the wall switch for the lights

In this regard this project could also be installed in other ‘traffic’ areas of the house, particularly dark corridors whith little or no natural light.

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