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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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). 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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