DC LED and Incandescent Light Dimming is Easy using the Particle Electron over a cellular cloud connection.
This controller consists of a PCA9685 16-Channel I2C 12-Bit PWM controller connected to 16 high-current N-Channel FETs. The PCA9685 support 62 devices per I2C port, allowing you to control up to 992 channels over a cellular cloud connection. This controller is configured as a “Low-Side” driver.
Operation is very easy, simply connect an external light to a power supply up to 100VDC and feed the ground of the light through this controller. This controller will switch the ground on and off at high-speed, causing a light dimming effect with 4096 brightness levels per channel.
This controller only uses the I2C SCL and SDA lines of the Particle Electron, leaving all other I/O pins available for other applications. Our GitHub repository (ControlEverythingCom) contains a complete library ready to use with your Particle Electron, eliminating the need to write code to control this device.
This light dimmer is also compatible with a 418MHz Key Fob receiver (Part Number: PKFR sold separately), allowing your Particle Electron to receive and process remote Key Fob commands up to 750 feet away. Up to 40 remote controls may be associated to the PKFR. Program your Particle Electron to control relays in any way you can imagine through the use of a remote Key Fob. Compatible with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8-Button MS Series Key Fobs from Linx Technologies.
NOTE: This controller requires a 12VDC Power Supply for proper operation. A separate power supply is recommended for external incandescent or high-power LED lights. This controller is capable of switching 100VDC at 5 Amps, and is able to switch considerably more current at lower voltages. Experimentation is recommended at lower voltages, we suggest a FET operating temperature of 125º Fahrenheit or less. Integrated I2C Expansion port makes this device fully compliant with our complete line of I2C devices, allowing you to combine sensors, relay controllers, more light dimmers, and many other types of devices to a single Particle Electron cellular cloud communications module. This device does not include the Particle Electron.
IoT Motherboard Compatibility
This is an I²C Master Device, capable of directly connecting to any of our Cross-Platform I²C Slave Devices using the I²C Output. It is directly compatible with:
If using a Particle module, the PKFR Key Fob Receiver overlay shield may be used.
This device may be converted for direct use with:
Arduino Nano using the Arduino Nano Adapter
Arduino Micro using the Arduino Micro Adapter
Onion Omega 1&2 using the OC Adapter
Pycom WiPy using the WiPy Adapter
Adafruit Huzzah ESP8266 using the Adafruit Huzzah Adapter
This device may be converted to an I²C slave device using the Slave Adapter, ideal for use with Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone, Arduino Uno, and BridgeX5.
Use the Slave Adapter and a Arduino Uno Interface Adapter
Use the Slave Adapter and a Arduino Nano I²C Shield
Use the Slave Adapter and plug into any Arduino Nano Master Device
Use the Slave Adapter and plug into any Arduino Micro Master Device
Raspberry Pi Interfaces:
Use the Slave Adapter and a Raspberry Pi I²C Interface Adapter
Use the Slave Adapter and a Raspberry Pi 2/3 I²C Interface Adapter
Use the Slave Adapter and a Raspberry Pi Zero I²C Interface Adapter