I just started working with arduinos recently. I'm really interested in working with relays. I would like to turn a desk lamp on and off using an ios app or a web browser button. I have no experience working with relays but I would love to experiment with relays in order to turn a desk lamp on or off based on an external switch in like an IOS app or a browser.
I am wondering what are the risks in relays with arduino ? I would like to switch a desk lamp on or off using a relay but I don't really understand the risks with creating a desk lamp powered using a wall socket and turned on or off using a arduino relay module . What is the worst case scenario if I screw up ? What are the risks and precautions I should take while working with relays and trying to build a relay controlled desk lamp?
I live in an apartment and I am trying to make sure that my entire building does not lose electricity or I don't screw up the electricity in my unit. What are protective measures that I can take to minimize damages while working on this project?