/Projects/IR light dimmer v1

This is a very simple IR light dimmer that you will wish to have sooner or later, especially those who are lazy enough to get up and turn off the lights. There are two versions of PCB for two sizes of capacitors, so PCBs are: 32.5 x 26.5mm and 28.5 x 27mm.
You can download the project files at the bottom of this page by clicking on red "download" button.


Features of current beta version of firmware:

- Soft start (gradually turning on the light bulb)
- Soft down (gradually turning off the light bulb)
- Learning IR codes from RC5 and NEC remotes
- Dimming in 10 levels by using only IR remote
- Previous dimm-level remembering when operating with remote
- Sleep timer in duration of 1.6min for 60Hz version and 2min for 50Hz version
- ON/OFF control with wall pushbutton

Dimmer is connected to existing home wiring installation inside a junction box, which is usually located above the light switch. In order to properly connect the dimmer to installation one should follow the schematics provided for that purpose. If connected differently there is a very big chance of some freaky side effects such as burned PIC microcontroller, serious fire and who knows what else.

Learning remote control IR codes (programming procedure)
After connecting dimmer to installation you must program the remote control buttons. Here is how to do that:

1. Hold the wall pushbutton for 11 sec so that dimmer can enter programming mode. After those 11 sec, LED will start to blink fast, and light will dimm to third (3.) level. Now you have 11 sec to complete the programming sequence:
2. Press the first button on your remote that will increase light level or turn on the light when it is turned off (ON/UP)
3. Press the second button on your remote that will be used to decrease the light level (DOWN)
4. Press the third button that will be used for activating/deactivating sleep mode (SLEEP)
5. Finally, press the fourth button that will be used to turn off light completely (OFF)

During programming, both the light bulb and LED will blink to confirm IR code reception. If your remote control does not have all 4 buttons that you can use, you can repeat previous button but that will cancel out some features. For example, if your remote has only two buttons (A and B), and if during programming you press: A A A B, that means that key A will be used for ON/UP function, and key B will be used to completely turn off the light. If you choose combination A B B B, it means that the key A will be again used for ON/UP function, and key B will be used to decrease light level (it will also turn the light off completely in 10 button presses - until zero level).
Programming notice: If during programming, you notice that LED blinks even when you don't press any buttons on your remote control, it is probably because you used TSOP11xx instead of TSOP17xx receiver module. In that case, you will probably not be able to program your dimmer properly.
If you are not satisfied with your choice of remote controller buttons, you can repeat the learning procedure as much as you like.
If you are planning to use your TV's remote controller, you should probably choose those teletext buttons: red, green, yellow and blue to avoid, for example, switching channels when operating the dimmer.

Sleep timer
Sleep timer can be activated by a bit longer wall-pushbutton press, more than 1.8 sec to be precise, or by pressing the appropriate button on the remote controller. Sleep timer cancellation is accomplished just like the activation. It is possible to increase/decrease the light level when sleep timer is active. Dimmer will automatically set the light level to six (6) when entering the sleep mode, but only if previous level was greater than 6.


Important notice: This device is connected to mains power line, so it requires a lot of respect. If you are not sure in what you are doing, you better leave the installation part to the experienced electrician.

Dimmer in operation:

Note: Dimmer works better with TIC206 rather than TIC216!

Author (sent by): Trax

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Date: 07-02-2009

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comment [307]

ocigledno imas nekih problema sa hardverom, nije do PIC-a kako ja vidim. Mislim da uredjaj nema dovoljno struje da napaja TSOP nakon sto krene da okida MOC3023 (on mu trosu svu struju). Probaj malo smanjiti otpornik R1 pa vidi sta ce se desiti. Posalji i kakvih slika uredjaja/sheme da vidim sta i kako si to spojio sve.
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comment [306]

o jedan stepen. Gasenje sa 10\% je uz prethodni bljesak na full pa se onda ugasi. Paljenje posle toga je opet uz bljesak na full pa ode na 10\%. Neka sugestija??? Izludjuje me, probao sam sa preprogramiranjem PIC-a. Hvala unapred.
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comment [305]

Pozdravsvima i pomoc od traxa ako je moguce. Napravio sam IR dimmer sa 12F629 i BT138, naravno dodao sam i MOC 3023 zbog izbora triaca (ovo sve jer kontrolisem grupu od 10 sijalica po 30W).On-off sa tasterom je ok, osim sto nema soft-starta. Pri pojacavanju sa daljinskim, prvi stisak ide na 10\% uz prethodni kratki bljesak na 100\% i dalje ne ide. Kad krenem unazad, prvi stisak ode na oko 60-70\%, sledeca dva stiska obaraju za po jedan stepen, sledeci nanize dize na 100\%, pa sledeca dva opet spustaju za p
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comment [304]

let me tell as a footnote it works perfect with a BT138 also, it can handle 12ampers (same pinout)
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comment [303]

I am happy that the device works! Dont worry about it I will fix the links...
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comment [302]

Maybe you can fix my mess with the links, sorry
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comment [301]

http://imageupload.org/en/file/208879/dimmer-remoto-01.jpg.html http://imageupload.org/en/file/208881/dimmer-remoto-02.jpg.html http://imageupload.org/en/file/208882/dimmer-remoto-03.jpg.html http://imageupload.org/en/file/208883/dimmer-remoto-04.jpg.html http://imageupload.org/en/file/208884/dimmer-remoto-05.jpg.html
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comment [300]

Jajaja ok not a picturo of me then??? ok ok... Here are the links of the divece, not me... As you can see I made the smd pads a little biger and used 0805 components (1206 for 1M resistor) My problem was with te IR sensor, no label so no idea wich one is,but for sure ground is in the middle, left pin is Out and right pin is + As you can see only 25x25mm!!! Thanks again Trax! jorge from Argentina (version 220V-50Hz) Here are the links http://imageupload.org/en/file/208879/dimmer-remoto-01.jpg.htm
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comment [299]

...pictures of the device, not yourself, haha!
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comment [298]

I am glad that it works :-) Send some pictures if you want...
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