I’m hoping for some advice from the community for an idea I’ve been thinking about for a long time. What I need to do is find a way to lock and unlock a chest of drawers using SmartThings. My original idea was to use a solenoid latch (something like this) on each drawer and just plug them all into a smart plug. Turn power on to the plug, the drawers unlock. Turn power off and the latches release, locking the drawers again.
The first problem that I have is (I’m embarrassed to admit this) I have no idea how to connect eight of those latches into one regular plug. Does anyone have any experience with something like this or recommendations on how something like this should be powered?
The second problem is, based on my reading, solenoid latches like that are only meant to be powered for a few seconds at a time, meaning we would have to unlock the drawers every single time we open one. Ideally, I’d like to unlock the drawers long enough to put away a load of laundry or get the toddler dressed.
I’m wondering if anyone has tried something like this already, or has some tips on how I could get it going? Is there a better option than the solenoid latch? Maybe a better control mechanism than a smart plug (raspberry pi? arduino? other?)?
Any and all advice is appreciated!