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RGB LED Snowflake with Arduino Uno

Project in progress by James Cameron

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  • RGB LED Snowflake with Arduino Uno 3 days ago

    Hello, sorry for the slow response, no the Arduino isn't enough to power them, they are powered separately, and require a 5-volt power supply. The LEDs are wired by linking all of the 5v pins together, linking all of the grounds together and connecting the data out of one LED to the data in of another. Make sure to also link the ground to the Arduino. This is done in the order that is shown in the diagram in the wiring section above.

    With all 91 LEDs on at full brightness, they would require a lot of current so you would need a power supply capable of 5V at 5A, however, the LEDs are very bright at full brightness so they would most likely be running much dimmer than this. Also, the LEDs aren't all on all of the time, as they are animating. So as long as you avoid putting all of the LEDs on at full brightness, and either only light up a few of the lights or keep the brightness low then you should be able to get away with a 5V power supply at 2A or more. In the videos, I powered the lights using a USB battery bank, and a USB cable I had that had the wires spliced. The Arduino can be powered by the same power supply putting ground in the ground pin and the 5v pin in the Vin on the Arduino.

  • RGB LED Snowflake with Arduino Uno 9 months ago

    Glad you like it, as far as I know, the code would work without any change as the APA106 is compatible with the WS2811/WS2812 LEDs. Let me know if it works.

  • RGB LED Snowflake with Arduino Uno 10 months ago

    No, it isn't waterproof so just for indoor use.

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