, I don't NEED the fans. They were an afterthought. Anyway, after struggling with the LED
"sensor" for the past 6 hours... I've decided it's not going to work. I don't know why I put myself through misery to try to make something do what it wasn't made to do. I just ordered a freaking phototransistor (it detects light) to tell whether the light is on or off. Who knows when it'll be here, but I'm not going to try to use the LED
anymore. There are just too many variables, and it's just not precise enough. For example, I had the sunset working PERFECTLY for about an hour and a half. I bumped the LED
, and it didn't work anymore. I just placed the order for the phototransistors, so hopefully they'll be here next week. But until then, I'm taking a break. I'd be glad to answer any questions you guys have though.
Of course, don't let this put any of you off this project. If I were to do this again, I'd simply incorporate what's called a RTC, or "real time clock". Basically, it tells time, then you could tell your lights when to go on and off, instead of basing things off of when the normal lights go off. I probably could have ordered that instead, but I've never used one, and I didn't feel like figuring it out right now. I will eventually though.