Hi All. I live in a rented house at the moment. The house has a light above the front door shining down. It seems to be the same type you get in kitchens and bathrooms (GU10?)
The light is nice to have, but as it is switched rather than on a sensor, it is only useful if someone is already home and turns it on for the other when they come home in the dark.
Looking through Amazon today for low energy versions of these bulbs I found these:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Auraglow-Remote ... s=Auraglow
Here's where my brain thought about my RasPi sitting un-loved at the moment. What if I could hook the little remote control up to the RasPi in order to make it turn on and off at set times (Cron?) based on sunrise/sunset times?
Has anyone had any experience with these kinds of lamps? What is the remote likely to be like - RF, infrared? I guess the remote type used would dictate how the RasPi interfaces with it. I'm thinking RF/infrared modules on the Pi could 'read' remote signals and recreate them - much like All-in-One TV remotes do.
I'd be really interested to know if anyone knows how I could progress this.