College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

NFN Taufik


The Student Experimental Farm (SEF) is a two-acre site where students are able to create projects and experiments. It is also the location of the DC House project, a house with electricity provided by DC power as opposed to the traditional AC power. The motive of the DC house project is to provide affordable and renewable electricity for people living in remote areas where ac power grids are not available. Currently, the SEF does not have any lighting, so students would have to work in the dark after the sun sets. By creating a smart lighting system for the pathway towards the DC House, students working at the DC House will be able to work on their projects beyond daytime hours. The system will utilize DC power and turn on automatically when motion is detected. This lighting method will then save energy as the lights will only turn on momentarily as students pass by. With the ideals of the DC House in mind, the smart pathway lighting system not only saves energy, but it also will show the capabilities of a DC system providing proper lighting for communities with no access to an AC grid. The system was successfully implemented and installed. With expected conditions, power consumption requirements were met when system was both off and on.