Party Button: Overview

Imagine: you're hanging at your place with some friends, the A/C is humming, the room lights are on, it's quiet and calm all around.

Then you press the Party Button.

There is a short pause and then the room lights dim; black lights and disco lights beam up, and some awesome music starts playing. The party starts! 

Every bachelor pad isn't complete until you install a Party Button.

In the video below you can see the very first test run of my party button.

This is a project from back in the day so some of the programs or methods may be defunct or superseded by better solutions, but the basic premise is still sound. This system uses a combination of Z-wave, ZigBee wireless, and IR protocols.

This post is the first in a four part series:

  1. Party Button: Overview
  2. Party Button: Button Box
  3. Party Button: PC setup
  4. Party Button: Peripherals

In day-to-day living the components of the system are fairly unobtrusive. You can notice them but they are not super hideous. (from a guys point of view anyway) Which means I could have everything ready to go with no setup when it was time to party.

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The system consists of five main components.

  1. The party button box
  2. Controller (PC)
  3. Standard Light Control
  4. Party peripheral devices.
  5. TV

Of these components I will discuss each in depth in subsequent posts except for the TV. That's because there isn't anything special about the TV. Any TV that has an HDMI input and an IR remote is sufficient


Aside from literally being a cool party trick, an advantage of this system is that the standard lights are controlled by the PC (or app on my phone). Which allows for automatic wake up or bed time lights and easy turning off the lights when I left the apartment. Which made my life a little easier and saved some money. In fact I reused some of the components of this party button in my current kitchen cabinet lights project.