I’ve got a Lightolier lighting system with a Brilliance II control panel in the basement. The panel will accept (and reply with) simple ASCII commands over RS-232. I have the protocol documentation, and I can control the lights using an old windows XP machine via RS-232 and Lightoliers “demo” program.
I would very much like to make the system controllable with SmartThings.
One solution that I thought might work would be to use the SmartThings Shield and an Arduino to feed it simple ASCII commands based off of “virtual lighting devices”(?). I have no idea how to do this though; I’m not a programmer, is there a project that already exists that does something similar? Can someone point me in the right direction?
Any input or advice is much appreciated.