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  #988007 15-Feb-2014 21:30
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LimitlessLED: diychristmas.com is no good, they are only 120AC


Not true... I checked, and they are in fact 240V capable.

1A switching capability, basically just for low current christmas lights, not giving enough headroom for lightbulbs and switching other power supplies..


Agreed that these are low power... they were designed to be a cheap solution for low power requirements like Xmas lights. But 1A at 230V = 230W (depending on power factors and stuff like that). So enough capacity for a lightbulb or two, and maybe ten if they are LED or fluoro.


http://n7xgshop.net  are more expensive than you think, and it just comes in many non-assembled parts. this is from their own website:

Yes, it is a kit, so you have to assemble it and solder it yourself. This shouldn't be beyond the average geek, IMHO.


Average Cost to build including board
$75.00 $75.00 $68.0 $70.00 $88.00 $50.00 $60.00 $78.00


I couldn't find those figures on their site. And I couldn't find a BOM for the 4-channel board. But I did find one for an 8-channel board. Total cost of components for 8 channels from Mouser (not the cheapest of suppliers) was $46. Leaving out the expensive RJ45 connector and terminal blocks (not needed in a hard-wired setup) took that down to $NZ$13.76. So I figure that components for a 4-channel board should be about $7, plus US$5 for the board itself, plus shipping. So I'd say I could build one for $15 plus an hour or two of my time.

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  #988334 16-Feb-2014 16:43
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wow. I did some looking around at wifi controllers w/o relays and all are in the range of $85 to $499usd  and we are selling them for $17 :)  no wonder you want to connect your lights/relays/triacs up to it, hehe. 

 

-Hamish.

 
 
 
 


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  #988507 16-Feb-2014 21:23
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Exactly.... can you please email me those pinouts? My breath is bated!

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  #990047 18-Feb-2014 22:28
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I'm having no luck syncing the lights :s

Think I've successfully connected the bridge to my home network. After entering my password it pops up saying 'Hint: Success'. I then lose connection to the milight wifi so I assumed it has automatically restarted and connected itself to my home wifi.

Instructions then say to turn off your light. Turn it on, and straight away press a button in a Monitor in the milight app. This should start the light blinking to confirm sync.

It never blinks/syncs for me

Aha! For some reason I had to use the bottom right Monitor. Either none of the instructions mentioned that or I misunderstood something. Working now!


Another question... How do I get back to white? When I first turned it on it was a bright white. Now I can only get colour. Cycling through the modes just puts it in blinking/disco mode

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  #991067 20-Feb-2014 12:48
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I see wifilights are advertising 9w bulbs, are these going to be available on the limitlessled website anytime soon?

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  #991925 21-Feb-2014 18:09
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Another question... How do I get back to white? When I first turned it on it was a bright white. Now I can only get colour. Cycling through the modes just puts it in blinking/disco mode


Hold and press down the ON button for longer to get back to White.

 

Cheers,
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  #998538 4-Mar-2014 00:31
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frankv: Hi Hamish,

I've been thinking about this, and it seems to me that there would be a market (i.e. I want one!) for your Wifi Bridge product *without* the 2.4GHz radio transmitter.

What I'm thinking is a device that works pretty much exactly the same as the WiFi bridge, but outputs the 2 data bytes to some external pins.

So sending a message like (e.g.) the current LIMITLESSLED RGBW COLOR SETTING message:
   Byte1: 0×40 (decimal: 64)
   Byte2: 0×00 to 0xFF
   Byte3: Always 0×55 (decimal: 85)

Would result in Byte1's value being output to one set of 8 pins, and Byte2's value to a second set of 8 pins. Also bring out +5V & ground, and if possible an "I have some new data" pin.

The user then adds some appropriate circuitry (e.g. solid state relays to control 230V or 12V power) and you can control practically any device over WiFi, either from a smartphone or from a computer. This device could then be used in any kind of home automation project.

Is there any way I can get hold of something like that?

Frank

 

Hi Frank,

I won't be working on enabling this type of feature now, because it looks like www.spark.io just built a low cost programmable module exactly how I was thinking it would work,  this type of pre-made wifi module is made possible by the new multi-million dollar wifi silicon factories popping up around the world throughout 2012/2013. These new silicon factories are churning out tiny wifi modules by the gazillions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxda0hXtJz8
https://www.spark.io/start

 

also because Flutter Wireless has a low cost long-range 1Km wifi module www.flutterWireless.com

 

Cheers,
Hamish.

 
 
 
 


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  #1000088 6-Mar-2014 12:31
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Where can I get some of the remote wall holders that were posted earlier on in the thread?




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  #1001280 8-Mar-2014 14:40
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for remote wall holders you can email us at support at limitlessled.com  we have some in stock.

 

Cheers,
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  #1001283 8-Mar-2014 14:45
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LimitlessLED:
frankv: Hi Hamish,

I've been thinking about this, and it seems to me that there would be a market (i.e. I want one!) for your Wifi Bridge product *without* the 2.4GHz radio transmitter.

What I'm thinking is a device that works pretty much exactly the same as the WiFi bridge, but outputs the 2 data bytes to some external pins.

So sending a message like (e.g.) the current LIMITLESSLED RGBW COLOR SETTING message:
   Byte1: 0×40 (decimal: 64)
   Byte2: 0×00 to 0xFF
   Byte3: Always 0×55 (decimal: 85)

Would result in Byte1's value being output to one set of 8 pins, and Byte2's value to a second set of 8 pins. Also bring out +5V & ground, and if possible an "I have some new data" pin.

The user then adds some appropriate circuitry (e.g. solid state relays to control 230V or 12V power) and you can control practically any device over WiFi, either from a smartphone or from a computer. This device could then be used in any kind of home automation project.

Is there any way I can get hold of something like that?

Frank
Hi Frank,

I won't be working on enabling this type of feature now, because it looks like www.spark.io just built a low cost programmable module exactly how I was thinking it would work


Fair enough. But for us hackers, would you mind sharing what you have on this? A couple of lines about what command controls the IO pins would be a big help.

Thanks

Frank


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  #1001302 8-Mar-2014 15:27
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LimitlessLED: for remote wall holders you can email us at support at limitlessled.com  we have some in stock. Cheers,
Hamish.


Ok sweet, I have just placed an order which is got a estimate of later to get shipped so will email to get some added to the same order.

Are the old style RGB leds not available any more?




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  #1001304 8-Mar-2014 15:31
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correct, the old style RGB bulbs were phased out at the end of last year. the RGBW ones are brighter, and the RGBW LEDs contain 12 warm white LED chips as well.

 

cheers,
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  #1001306 8-Mar-2014 15:32
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Only warm white or can they ramp up the blue and do a neutral white as well?




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  #1001425 8-Mar-2014 20:07
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only the Dual White LED can do warm white and ramp up through neutral to cool white. the RGBW ones have full color and warm white.

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  #1002940 11-Mar-2014 18:51
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Yay they have arrived, but with the new gateway I cant find the password for the web interface to configure it onto a static IP address? The new app let me configure a SSID and password, and now thankfully works with N so I can get rid of the old accesspoint I had running to let the old gateway connect, but I need to get the 2 new ones onto static IPs so I can start sending stuff to them from a rasp pi.




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