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Hack Your Lights for Remote Control

This clever hack combines a modified wall switch with unused buttons on a universal remote to create one-touch wireless control of the lighting in a media room.

Andrew, the tinker behind this home theater hack, writes:

I really liked the idea of controlling my “Home Theater” lights with a remote (TV or other), this would save me the exhausting task of heaving myself off the couch to turn the lights on or off.

I found one of my remotes has a spare power button, its one of those stupid “universal” remotes that comes with DVD players or TVs but only work if you have all the same brand equipment, I don’t so this made a good option for a light switch.

Hit up the link below to check out more photos of his project and download the source code.

Remote Controlled Home Theater Lights [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/21/12

Comments (2)

  1. XxChungxX

    That’ cool

  2. J

    Who has an unused button on a remote control? I need more options on mine.

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