Oh, yes! Oh, yes YES yes! Is it my birthday? Oh God, What did you do? . . . What did you do? . . .
Ok, ok stalker alert! Go ahead and break them up now.
WAIT! So you’re paying someone to do just this job, only ONE job?
BEWARE ! ! !
Sainsmart makes a “wireless” relay module, but IT IS NOT WIRELESS, you must connect a cat-5 connection to it to make it work then you can control it wirelessly from your phone, WHICH REALLY DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. If I have to run cat-5 to the relay anyway, why not just do it with the gpio wires? AND AND AND If you are using just one relay that is fine $31 dollars is cheaper than a Raspberry Pi, but if you want to add another relay, you have to buy another board, another $31!!! With a Raspberry Pi you can add 8 relay boards to 1 Raspberry Pi (1 X $35) if you use SainSmart’s board it would be (8 X $31 = $248!!!) for just the controller boards.
So here is where I am at with the Smart Ceiling fan project.
This is what I am working with:
Remove the blades, I won’t actually be using this one, but I will want to make sure that all 3 speeds work.
Before I show you the scary parts, here is what we will be replacing:
There are two brown wires that are connected to the power wires for the lights, two lights to each brown wire so you get no lights, 2 lights, or 4 lights on.
I haven’t got to the lights yet, but here is what we are going for with the fan speed pull switch replacement:
The relay is obviously a little bigger than the pull switch so we will need to make the wires longer and run them out the top and put the relay in the ceiling when we are done.
Now for some scary pics:
Here is the forward and reverse switch which we will leave manual for now:
The white wires in the middle are the common/ground, and it looks like they reverse the yellow and pink wires depending on which way the switch is to (reverse polarity?) to make it spin in a certain direction.
There is also this part which I plan on leaving alone:
And that is where I am at so far, here are some more pics for your viewing pleasure:
Ugly (at the moment) but functional.
Used a power cord from a power strip to power the fan.
Now the good part, let’s give this thing a brain.