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Howard Miller Contemporary Grandfather Floor Clock image

Grandfather Floor Clock Interior Lighting – Design Choices

I had several goals in mind for the project:

  • Light is active only at night
  • Must have manual on/off switch
  • Only active if there are people present
  • Light source not visible when the light is off

I chose an Arduino Uno as the controller.  I have a few of them around and have wanted to find an appropriate project to give them a try. Continue reading

Howard Miller Contemporary Grandfather Floor Clock image

Grandfather Floor Clock interior lighting – An introduction

Howard Miller Contemporary Grandfather Floor Clock image
Sorry for the reflections. My polarizing filter didn’t remove all of them.

Shortly after we bought our house we did what many new homeowners do — we went to a home show!  As we wandered among the booths showing off bathtub enclosures, paving stones and replacement windows I spotted a display of grandfather clocks.

I have fond  childhood memories of an ornate mantle clock in my grandparent’s home.  Many a night I fell asleep to the slow, rhythmic sounds of the mechanism.  I’ve always wanted a clock like that but was put off by the dark, staid, overly ornate, and frankly boring design of most grandfather clocks.  This booth was full of those but one in particular caught my eye. Continue reading