The first step was to test the LED strip control circuit. I’m using a TIP120 here; they are not as efficient as a MOSFET but they have sufficient current capacity for this application and were already at hand. The resistors are both 1k ohm 1/4 watt.Continue reading →
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 →