Intro Level – Smart Home Technology

Kit #3: WiFi Light Switch

electronics parts

WiFI light switch kit

You’ll learn to use a small servo and an ESP to give you wireless remote control of your lights from anywhere in your house. 

WiFi light switch kit

Learn about smart home tech

Learn about complex electronic components such as voltage regulators, resistor packs, and other parts being used in industry.

WiFi light switch project

Control the lights anywhere!

Once you piece together your WiFi light switch, you can control the lights from a phone, tablet, or computer. 

About this Project

This is the third kit you’ll receive when you subscribe to Thimble. 

The best smart home devices can raise your home’s IQ, from security cameras, WiFi locks, to cutting edge light bulbs. This course teaches you how to build a WiFI light switch so you can control the lights in your house from a computer, tablet, or computer. 

This project uses a small servo and an electronic stability program (ESP) to give you wireless remote control of your lights from anywhere in your house. There are also many other uses for this project and we have included a few more ideas.  Upon successful completion, you’ll be prepared to build the next kit where you’ll learn how to build a video game controller and program it to play fun  games such as Pong and Snake. 

On-demand lessons:  A monthly subscription to Thimble includes access to our learning portal which contains step-by-step lessons to help you build your project at your own pace.  Lessons contain pre-recorded videos, pictures, and written instruction. 

Live classes: A monthly subscription also includes live weekly classes taught by accredited STEM teachers. Classes are twice a week for 60 minutes and are conducted on Zoom. Live classes cover intermediate and advanced material not covered in our on-demand lessons and are a nice way to extend the life of your kit with dozens of hands-on activities . Upon subscribing, you will receive an email with instructions to sign up for live classes. 

Sampling a class: Not sure about live classes? No worries! Please send us a note at support@thimble.io if you’d like to observe a class before you commit to a subscription. 

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