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This instruction is how I assembled my Automatic Led Stairs Controller.  

What Is a LED stairs controller?
The video shows how it works!

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Step 1: The idea

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Many of you have already seen such controllers and a lot of people assembled something similar to it, but I will show you my version.

The main idea was taken from  Alan's Parekh video, many thanks to him.

The idea was this: When I get up at the middle of the night to get some food, I have to go down the stairs from the top floor and then up the stairs again. One day I've decided I need an automatic backlight so I don't  turn all the lights on and wake my family up. Plus I wanted a nice smooth turning on and off so it doesn't irritate sleepy eyes. Also the device had to be error-resistand, ignore sunlight, remotes and other things.

And so in order.

Step 2: Electronic components

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ir led.jpg
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At first I was going  to use an Arduino, but then I've decided to make an individual device.
The heart of the controller is an atmega16a-pu chip which has a lot of outputs.
As for load control (12V 1W or more), I've used transisters 2sc2655 as they are powerful enought for what I needed.
For LCD i'm use LCD 16x2 (HD44780 chip)

The sensors I first thought to use was version of the IR lED and IR Transistor, but the distance within it's sight could not get more than 1 meter, so it was decided to use TSOP1838 + Modulation 38kHz .

To power this all up I've used the converter LM7805 + Heat Sink.

Resistors and capacitors you can see on the motherboard of the device.

bsmith665 months ago

whats the point of buying your boards if you dont post the code?

ipf_group (author)  bsmith665 months ago
Hi. i have wewbsite there you can buy it
Best regars
rmwilson1 year ago

For any one interested in one of these controllers I currently have mine for sale. I purchased it but does not work for my project ...


esg.8271 year ago
hello, i really loved this project, could it be possible for you to send me the schematics for a diy project??

thank you very much
Good day to you,

im extremely interested in this for my home's stairs would you please please be able to share the schematic and sketch with me ?

I'd be making the PCB homebrew style so it wont be a nice as yours, lol, just be great if you could email me the details !

A Great many thanks in advance for your help !
eddysmile1 year ago
helo......friend, my name is eddy, i am form indonesia
how can get the BCP schematic and code source from the project I like this because I need do this in home can u buy and post me to indonesia
how could i do this without the keypad or lcd, just a simple switch using the IR LED and a sensor but still keeping the effect you did with the LED's turning on?
ipf_group (author)  jeremyfdjackson1 year ago
For slow on/off leds i used portc-portd atmega legs with powerfull transistors and code for PWM.
For easy way you need take controller with xx legs (dont know howmany steps you have)
+ 3-4 aditional legs for sensor and ir led. Then make program for slow on\off
ipf_group (author)  jeremyfdjackson1 year ago
For ir led and sensor (if use tsop sensor) you need modulated ir led 36 or 38khz.
For modulation i use PortB2 at atmega 16 with code
interrupt [TIM0_OVF] void timer0_ovf_isr(void)
static char v=0x19;
TCCR0 = 0x00; //stop
TCNT0 = 0x97; //set count
OCR0 = 0x69; //set compare

srb_mh2 years ago
Is there any chance for us to see the electric diagram of this project for a DIY? Thank you!
ipf_group (author)  srb_mh2 years ago
Private message please )
chandshar3 years ago
now avaiable on ebay.......£179.99
ipf_group (author)  chandshar2 years ago
It's so BIG price. At my ebay 99usd + free worldwide shipping )
badmad20033 years ago
How can place an order?
ipf_group (author)  badmad20033 years ago
See private or see link at the end of instruction.
badmad20033 years ago
Good idea, good quality and low price
ipf_group (author)  badmad20033 years ago
The idea is not mine, but thanks