Electronics

Designing a 13A Arduino Motor Shield

I am currently working on a tensile strength testing rig that will be detailed in a future post, but as part of that project, I need an Arduino shield that can drive a 12V/13A linear actuator. Electrically speaking, linear actuators are just DC motors. However, because I need to be …

Project Log

UnnaturalLight – Part 2: Electrical Design

Blinking a few LEDs… how hard can it be? As it turned out, harder than I thought it would be! As the LEDs draw about 1W each, and I am using 48 per lamp, thermal management is the main challenge. The desired function is simple enough – a controller that …

Project Log
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UnnaturalLight – Adjustable Colour Temperature Lighting

Welcome to the first post of the blog series on Project UnnaturalLight, an LED lamp with adjustable colour temperature. Many Shades of White The sun changes colour throughout the day, as observed from a fixed point on Earth. In the morning, it looks orange/red, and as the day goes on, …

Tutorial
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Controlling Big Things with Small Things

Welcome to the first tutorial post! It’s a topic many people have asked me about, so I thought why not make it into a tutorial? It’s something I’ve spent a lot of time learning the hard way, and in the end, it’s actually pretty simple! It’s about switching loads. We …