I was wondering how do I connect a dimmer switch to a 24 hour programmable timer for a faux window.

I was wondering how do I connect a dimmer switch to a 24 hour programmable timer for a faux window. I want it to look as real as possible. So I am looking for sunset and sunrise. Any help would be great! Thank you?

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rickharris6 years ago
For a totally mechanical solution I would slowly rotate a coloured gel in front of a flood light. The gel would need to have graduated colours to suite sunset/sunrise a local theatre may be able to help you.
rickharris6 years ago
Amazon sell a sunrise sunset lamp - this may be a much easier way to do this.

otherwise you looking at switching different numbers of lamps on/off via timers or some kind of microprocessor design.

Are your skills/budget up to those?
Claypoolgal (author)  rickharris6 years ago
Yes my skills/budget up to it. The only problem with sunrise/ sunset lamps is that they don't stay on all day.
That may be more easily modified than building from scratch.

this is going to be a microprocessor solution to do anything realistic. Even the sunrise/sunset lamp will have a microprocessor in it.

Your going to need to know:

How to programme the beast
PWM control
Interfacing to the real world
LED technology (better and easier than lamps)

Much of the micro processor knowledge can be gained here and here and here


Claypoolgal (author)  rickharris6 years ago
Thank you for the useful information!