Electrical Engineering Department
BS in Electrical Engineering
This project works together with the Student Experimental Farm (SEF) and the DC House in order to install a smart lighting pathway system. This system will run off of DC power supplied by the solar panels connected to the DC House. This project tested and explored the group’s abilities to design and implement a full system run off of 48V DC. By installing this system it will greatly improve the ease for students to work at the SEF beyond daylight hours. The system will allow continuous dull lighting and will switch to full brightness once a person is detected. This feature goes along with the ideals of the DC House, saving energy. This project helped to show the capabilities of a DC system and can impact the lives of those in communities with no access to an AC grid. The results of this system were not as successful as planned. The wiring within the junction boxes proved to be quite tricky so the system does not work at its full potential, however this does lead to further improvements by students to come.