Introduction: Christmas Lights - LED Curtain Ws2811

Hi. This is my first project uploaded on Instrucables.

I had couple of WS2811 LED strips sitting in drawer for last year.

Finally I've decided to make a use of them and build LED curtain to go on my bedroom window.

Result in my opinion is great.

Step 1: What You Need

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I had 33 strips of 58 leds ws2811 already cut from some previous project. I was lucky because 58 leds length is hight of my bedroom window. To cover full width of the window I had to keep 35mm gaps between strips.

To power all the lights I used 200W 5V 40A power supply adapter. To drive programm you will need Led Controller t1000s.

Step 2: Making Frame

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To make a frame I used two sticks. On on bottom and one on top. On the bottom stick I run two 2.5mm wires to supply 5v.

Step 3: Adding Strips

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To attach strips I used hot glue gun.

Step 4: Wiring

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Each strip is connected to power supply wires. Depending on length of the strips you may need to connect power on both ends of each strip.

Data cable from T1000s controller is connected to first led on first strip. Make sure you have correct direction of strips.

Step 5: Programming

To program t1000s you will need free software called Lededit. Usually it's saved on sd card that comes with controller. Sofftware itself is very easy to understand.

If you need manual you can find one here :

In my case I used tool to capture live video from youtube but you can upload your own video or type in your text.

Good luck and thank you.


onelinez (author)2017-10-02

I love this idea. Is there a way to scale the project down? I don't need it to be that big and more of a square... Thanks!

PaulW234 (author)onelinez2017-11-01

Yes, its easy to do any size but you need a power supply suitable for the size. Mine is 1800 pixels and with 60mA per pixel on maximum brightness full white its 108 amps. Its highly unlikely all would be full brightness full white but I'm using 2 PSU's at 80 A and 40 A but have a switch for just running off the 80 amp PSU. I will have to write an instructable because it's not as simple as just coneting 2 PSU's together.

PaulW234 made it! (author)2017-11-01

Similar method used for mine. 40 x 45 (1800 pixels)

mnuuja (author)2016-12-03

Had a couple... 33 strips xD

Looks amazing!!

l19bal (author)2015-12-14

Fantastic idea! Looks brilliant!!

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-12-13

Awesome window lights. This would be a perfect entry for the Make It Glow contest.

Thank You very much. I've joined this competition.

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