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Smart Dimmer

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The Smart Dimmer by Smart Light Solutions will allow users to avoid the annoyance of fluctuating light levels and save power all without any complications to the current user models of a standard dimming switch. Homes and offices suffer from "overillumination", meaning they are periodically brighter than the occupants require. This causes annoyance and a significant waste of energy. The Smart Dimmer will solve this problem maintaining a constant interior brightness in the face of fluctuating exterior conditions. The Smart Dimmer will look and function like a conventional dimming switch. An adjustable knob will increase or decrease the brightness of the associated lighting fixture between its maximum and minimum dimmable levels. When the exterior lighting situation changes the Smart Dimmer will recognize this and adjust the dimming level of the lighting fixtures in opposition to the exterior changes to maintain a constant interior illumination. Even with these features the Smart Dimmer will not add any complications to the traditional models of usage. The Smart Dimmer will not limit the capability of any lighting fixtures it controls, in all respects it will appear to function just like a traditional dimming switch. 
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440.  Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem.  This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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