***** Updated March 2016 ******

There are a couple ways you can go on this project, build everything from scratch or leverage a kit version. I'll cover both methods in this Instructable. This Instructable covers a 64x64 or 4096 LED installation but the PIXEL LED controller board also supports 32x16, 32x32, and 64x32 installations. See here for a list of supported LED panels.

Step 1: Getting the Materials


  • 4 sets of 32x32 RGB LED Matrix panels (Dimensions 7.5" x 7.5") or 2 64x32's, supported panels here
  • PIXEL Maker's Kit (a custom IOIO board designed to control HUB75 LED matrix panels)
  • Free Apps for Android, PC, Mac, and Raspberry Pi with included pixel art content, free apps here
  • 5V power, rated at 20A minimum, an old PC ATX power supply is one option
  • 3 16.5" x 16.5" acrylic sheets (I got mine from my local Tap Plastics shop)
  • 4 5/8" hex stand-offs with 2 screws for each end
  • 32 4-40 5/16" panhead screws
  • More info about this project at http://ledpixelart.com

The panels used in this project are originally meant for large-scale building and scoreboard LED displays. You'll find several kinds out there from Adafruit, Sparkfun, Ali Express, etc. Unfortunately while they make look the same, there does not seem to be any standard for LED matrix panels and each manufacturer can use a different chipset causing them to behave differently. So be sure and only use the verified and tested LED panels listed here.

A special thanks to Ytai Ben-Tsvi, creator of the IOIO board, for all his invaluable help on this project.

<p>Hi, can I make a 'non-standard' display configuration? eg. 32x48?</p>
Hi, sorry only 32x32, 32x64, and 64x64 are supported. The work around would be to go 64x64 and only light 32x48 and have the rest of the LEDs black but not sure if that will fly for your installation. Note too that PIXEL makes use of HUB 75 LED panels, I'm not aware of any of those in 32x48
<p>Is it possible to use the </p><h1>Niyakr Outdoor Rgb Full Color P10 Led Panel/P10 Led Display</h1><h1>I just bought it off the internet. </h1>
<p>sorry that one is not supported, supported panels here http://ledpixelart.com/pixelv2board/</p>
<p>What board do you suggest if I was to use the other board instead of the one you used.<br></p>
<p>The ones here have been tested with the PIXEL board http://ledpixelart.com/pixelv2board/ so it just depends on the size and pitch you need for you installation. If you want P10, I've tested the 32x16 P10 LED panels, the ones on the page work fine from AliExpress.</p>
Hello, would I be able to do this same project with 4 panels of 64 x 64 pixels ? Is there a way to do this ? I'm trying to make a very large display. Thank you in advance !
Hey there, the PIXEL board only does 64x64 max unfortunately. You'd need 4 PIXEL boards with no way to sync them so not a good fit for your needs. For the higher res, check out something like this https://www.adafruit.com/products/1453. I haven't use those myself but I think you'll need a PC as well for that setup.
I see. I was wondering if there was another board similar to that of adafriit a but cost less. I have about a $400 budget. I am going to buy about $200 - $250 worth of panels and so there's not enough fund for the adafruit drivers. Are there any alternatives ? Thank you for your time and effort.
<p>I'm not aware of any but it's also not my area, you'll just need to Google around. The LED panels you're working with use a wiring standard called HUB75 so you can add that to your google search.</p>
<p>Is it not possible to amplitude modulate each individual LED? Obviously a much better display would be possible if so.</p>
<p>hello. great project. I would like to know if it is possible to downsize to 1 led square (1x1). Thanks.</p>
Yep, the software supports 1 , 2 , or 4 LED panels.
<p>Nice display. It would be cool to havefhor of those and put them togethr and make it 4x larger.</p>
<p>one thing I want to do it 737,280 RBG LED display. 1024x720 Make it be to play TV or blu-ray/dvds</p>
<p>that would be cool for sure, this particular projects supports a max of 64x64 or 4096 LEDs, something like this http://www.adafruit.com/products/1453 would be along the lines you're looking for. </p>
I love it! Also is that a pic of Hellsing?
<p>Wow, amazing... Such a beautiful way of displaying retro art :)</p><p>Got to make one (after payday lol)</p>
<p>Brilliant :)</p>
<p>Absolutely amazing! </p>

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