Track The Sun For Home Lighting.


Have a room in your house that really could benefit from some sunlight? Build a Suntrack to reflect light in as long as possible. The two axis motor set up is built from a couple of  satellite dish positioning motors with the control electronics removed. The whole thing is controlled with a PIC 18f2520.  Once calibrated, it will reflect the sun into your room, updating every twenty seconds. While this may not be the most efficient way of lighting a room, it is a cool way to do it if you absolutely must have sunlight. We can’t help but wonder if there would be a way of using a solar powered system to do this to save energy. Could this possibly be done using BEAMhead” circuit?

[via Hacked Gadgets]

14 thoughts on “Track The Sun For Home Lighting.

  1. @ barry99705 i have blinds, or i wund get blinded, but when the ligth comes thru the glass its in the room. and will eventualy make the room warm.

    maybe next summer il just get a big mirror and stick it out side the window

  2. Back in high school (20 years ago, sheesh), a friend and I built a solar tracker for PV panels. It was dead simple, using two 741 op amps and CDS cells set in 2-inch black tubes to compare light levels between the cells and adjust the array accordingly. The whole thing could be powered from a local battery charged by a tap off one of the PV panels. We only built one degree of freedom into the mounting system, since it was destined for arctic latitudes where inclination wasn’t as much of an issue. It would track the sun from sunrise to sunset, then reset to its start position when both cells went dark. I think the total parts count for the circuit was maybe 10 pieces, and cost something like $5. It wasn’t all that efficient, since we didn’t use a microcontroller, but it got the job done and didn’t mind the cold.

    Our biggest regret was having not patented the thing. Meh. Open source, baby!

  3. using a beam solar head would be quite simple. all you have to do is mount the reflector off angle from the solar cell such that when light strikes the panel dead on, and causes the motor to move such that the panel is no longer facing the sun, the reflector now is.
    As all beam builders point out though, beam sun trackers are quite inefficient, pesky calibration and set of the sensors, and the daily reset would be a problem (panning the unit all the way back to the ‘sunrise’ location would not be automatic)

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