Non Christmas light project

Discussion in 'RGB Lights - Intelligent Pixels and 3-Channel RGB' started by 5teve, Feb 13, 2013.

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    5teve New Elf

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    Hi Have just written a massive post and it errored out on me :'( and it doesn't look like i can post attachments.


    OK I'll try again shorter this time.


    I am trying to create a variable colour / flashing uplight system for my new patio. I was originally going to use RGB strips but then noticed digital, which I thought I could experiment with on this project with a view to looking at xmas lights later in the year.


    Anyway... I intend there to be 7x 1m LED strips and 2x 1.5m strips fixed to the upper side of each rafter. This will create a colour wash as well as an ambient light. in total the total length will be about 20m including connection wires. See attachment for clearer explanation.


    I need the system to be really easy to use (otherwise I get yelled at), either via smartphone, wall plate or nice remote control (even all 3!) but most systems I have seen require programming in some form?


    I came across this controller http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/LED-WiFi-SPI-Controlle-support-LPD6803-TM1809-WS2801-WS2811-TLS3001-UCS1903-etc-IC-dream-color-lights/701799_722406050.html which looks like it has the smartphone support - great. But looking at DMX systems etc it looks like a system could be set up which would allow wall plate - remote - programming and maybe smartphone.


    As i know nothing (despite several days research) about DMX or SPI I am at a loss as to the best way to achieve what I want to do.


    I also have some concerns about pushing 5v at large current through thin cables. I want to try and keep the installation discreet, so would prefer thin cables rather than thick. I would guess power injection is possible tho? The other option that i cant work out is running each strip on its own channel but my dumb brain tells me that each strip would do the same thing, eg strip 1 pixel 10 comes on and channels 2-8 would mimic this.. (thinking of the 8 channel SPI repeater that Ray Wu sells) is this the case?


    so.. the biggie..


    can anyone suggest some direction for me? I don't need all the forms of control. It would be nice to have a simple remote that allows colour change, and a system that allows programming / use of pre-programmed chases and patterns. Then on a day to day basis on / off / dim / colour change are used - but I have the ability to mess around with the controller and either run presets or create programs..


    Have i made any sense?
     

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    5teve

    5teve New Elf

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    I'm also just starting to read the LED manual.. I may be some time....
     
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    aussiexmas Sinnamon Lights

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    Hi Steve
    If I was doing this, I would use sections of dumb RGB 5050 strip 60 LEDs/m on top of each of the rafters (60/m to increase light intensity). This is available as 12 & 24V strip (lower currents than 5V digital). It could be driven by a LOR DC board connected to a suitable power supply. The LOR DC board includes on board memory from which you can run a moderate sequence whenever it is triggered (or whenever it is powered on), The 16 channel board is $99 + delivery and will run 5 RGB channels so you could split your rafters to provide different colour patterns. If I remember correctly, only 1 sequence can be stored to run in stand alone mode.

    My thoughts for what they are worth
     
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    5teve New Elf

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    Hi Geoff


    Thanks for your feedback there! I have spoken to eddy and a few others on chat and came to the conclusion i was complicating things too much.. so i have gone for dumb rgb strips and a wireless / smartphone controller. (plus amplifier as i'm running 10m and the control gear will be in the roof)


    All ordered from Ray at a very reasonable price so just have to wait for it to get here!


    i'll look at pixels etc later in the year for xmas..


    thanks again


    Steve
     

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