Introduction: LED Light Using an Arduino
An Arduino is a computer open-source hardware, open-source software, and microcontroller-based kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control physical devices. There are several task an Arduino can be programmed to do. One task it can do is interact with a LED light. In this Instructable, my partner ( Kayla Rice) and I made a LED light using a Arduino.
Step 1: Materials
The materials need for this project are:
--- LED light
--- USB cable
--- Arduino IDE software
Step 2: STEP 1: Download the Software
Download the Arduino IDE for Mac OS X, Linux or Windows from arduino.cc. Install it by following the "Getting Started" guide. You may also need Java (a JRE)
Step 3: STEP 2: Connect
After downloading the Arduino IDE software, connect your Arduino to your computer. Connect your board via USB. Next launch the Arduino app. From there go to the "Tools: Board" menu, select Arduino Uno. Then from the "Tools: Port" menu select the new serial port with "Arduino" in its name. Open the sketch (program) File: Examples: 01.Basics:Blink. Click the toolbar to upload it to your board.
Step 4: STEP 3: Connect a Big LED Light
*** Always disconnect or turn off your power source before you change your circuit***
Bend and stick the longer lead (+) of the LED into Digital Pin 13 on the Arduino. Stick its shorter lead (-) into the GND pin next to pin 13 as shown
Last, connect the USB--- now your big LED light blinks too.