Simple IKEA transmit indicator
|IKEA Oleby automatic wardrobe light with passive
infrared sensor upper right and four LEDs in the center.
The IKEA motion activated LED sensor light, which one can get for a few dollars or euros, turns out to be quite simple to hack for this purpose. You can only buy them in pairs so the other one can be put to use in the darkest wardrobe you have.
- Output pulse width control, Tx, which is controlled by R13=10k and C7=100n in the IKEA design (R10, C6 in the datasheet). In the IKEA circuit Tx = 24576 * 10k * 100n = 25 sec.
- Trigger inhibit control, Ti, given by R12=470k, C6=100n (R9, C7 in the datasheet), Ti = 24 * 470k * 100n = 1.2 sec.
|Remove three screws to access the circuit board.
See lower right corner where C6 and C7 are lifted
I did the simplest thing and just lifted C6 and C7 as shown in the image of the circuit board. That was also how I was able to measure the values of these unlabeled capacitors to 100 nF. The capacitors are easy to find as the circuit board is labeled with C6, C7 etc.
That gave me an RF indicator which when placed next to my ladderline will react to RF at levels down to well below 5 Watts on most of the bands between 3.5 and 50 MHz. It is a good idea to tape over the PIR indicator window so that it stops reacting to movement.
Was it fun to make? Yes. Is it useful? Mmm, perhaps.
Posted by Sverre Holm