For the past five years I have used wireless outlet adapters to control my Christmas lights. These things normally work really well for outside lights and on the Christmas tree. However, this year my wife and I noticed that the lights were on when returning home.
I find the best way for me to learn anything is through practical application. To that end I came across an interesting video blog by Dave Jones (www.eevblog.com), detailing the design of a electronic dummy load. For my next project I thought it would be useful to have a constant current dummy load in the lab (aka garage), so I decided to build up the circuit Dave Jones demonstrates in his video.
I have always had a fascination with programming, but really never spent enough time to become proficient at any one language. In repose to that idea I have decided to dip my feet in the waters of C#.
I was recently asked if I could build a 24 volt AC to DC power supply; something similar to a laptop power adapter. I thought this would be a nice little project and I wondered how much of it could be done with spare parts resourced from other electronics. The only requirements imposed on this project were as followed. Beyond these few requirements I was free do as I pleased: