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README.md

Digital Lighting Control System UI Prototype

A proof-of-concept web dashboard for a (hypothetical) digital interior lighting control system.

Implementation

Created with Bootstrap, Underscore.js, and SVG (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript implied).

Research and Design

With all the possibilities available in digital lighting systems, it was a challenge to limit this demo to a reasonable scope. I chose to implement one kind of light and a global daylight sensor, that live in a simulated classroom with exterior windows, a whiteboard, a group area, a group of student desks, and a video screen.

Fun things that didn't get implemented in this prototype

  • individual light control
  • light & sensor groups
  • lighting-group-specific presets
  • occupancy detection
  • smart (reactive) occupancy settings
  • multiple concurrent lighting presets (potentially with conflicted settings)
  • the ability to burn out lights
  • custom configuration rules, programmable from the UI
  • location- and environment-aware lighting algorithms (e.g. lights learn settings by working together on an optimization task, rather than being instructed how to operate)
  • multiple rooms, exterior lighting
  • es6 detection
  • svg capability detection
  • mobile and portrait-aspect-ratio compatibility
  • A Node.js / Sqlite3 backend*

*Node.js / Sqlite3 backend

In writing a backend for this demo, I found a bug related to the express.js web framework that prevents a server using Sqlite3-based session storage from ever finishing a response, preventing browsers from closing the connection. Here is the patch I wrote to fix the problem, it's now part of the connect-sqlite3 project.

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A proof-of-concept web dashboard for a digital interior lighting control system. http://drfloob.com/demos/lightControl

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