Modifying a Ikea Rutbo lamp

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Modifying a Ikea Rutbo lamp

Postby geert-jan » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:43 pm

I spend some time in upgrading my mood lights; from a single LivingColors to a full Homeseer/Jeenode based mood light set-up.

One of the activities was the modification of an Ikea lamp. Originally the lamp (type: Ikea Rutbo) had 3 light bulbs. I removed the bulbs, all wiring and placed led strips; 4 warm-white and 2 RGB strips. With this the lamp is capable of giving good quality and dimmable warm-white light, and has also color-changing capabilities like the LivingColors.

But, in getting this to work some hardware and software is needed. I have chosen Jeenode as basis for controlling my mood lights; relative cheap, easy to get started with, and for the functions I needed the boards/plugs/shields were available.

The lamp is controlled by a Jeenode + the 16-channel dimmer plug, of which 4 channels are used (1 for warm-white, 3 for RGB). I developed the Jeenode software and a wireless protocol using the Jeenode's RF12. The wireless protocol is home-brew and currently called HomeNet. Since I use Homeseer for my HomeAutomation I also developed a Homeseer plugin in C#.

In short, the system works as following: One Jeenode is connected via USB to the Homeseer server and this Jeenode communicates wireless to the other Jeenodes. The implementation of a mood light (in fact; each HomeNet node) is fully hidden by the wireless protocol; the Homeseer plugin does not know whether a color-changing Jeenode is using the dimmerplug, it is a LivingColor or a DMX master; they all listen to the same commands. (... and then you directly know which Jeenode based devices/mood-lights I currently have; 1) the lamp as shown here, 2) a DMX master controlling led strips that are connected to a DMX receiver and 3) a Philips LivingColor Gen1).

The Jeenode is build in box, which fits the Jeenode, dimmerplug, 4 Mosfets and some other components. The box, without Jeenode and dimmerplug:

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and once the box is closed it looks like this:

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The box is mounted in the base of the lamp, as seen in the picture below.

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Some impressions of the modified lamp (the led strips are visible on the picture, but not in real-life):
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Re: Modifying a Ikea Rutbo lamp

Postby esschenk » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:30 pm

Nice Project

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Re: Modifying a Ikea Rutbo lamp

Postby kriz83 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:45 am

Looks good !
Maybe I'll have to do the same with mine (got the same one).

Thanks for sharing !
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