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Ben Heck's Texas Instruments light booster

Light: It's what plants crave.
10.02.16 in DIY

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Even plants like to sleep sometimes. To do that, though, they need one hearty light meal from the sun. Watch how Ben and the team use Texas Instruments' MSP430 microcontroller with the ADS7042 light-sensing BoosterPack to control a set of alternating current lighting. The idea is to provide what indoor plants need when the sun can't provide enough light for food. Ben introduces us to rudimentary electrics on wiring a USA mains plug and using a solid-state relay to turn it on and off. Then he guides through using Code Composer Studio and Energia to compile code for the TI MSP430 and BoosterPack. You can find out more about the build, along with the code to support it, over on the element14 Community.

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