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

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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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.

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?

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)