Introduction: Make Your Own LED Bar

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In this project I will show you how I build my own LED Bar around my 15x10 RGB LED Matrix. It has a top shelf which is made of acrylic glass and it lights up with the push of a button. With the help of a WS2812B LED strip I can change the color of the top shelf and also use animations to light it up. Now I will present you all the steps which are involved if you want to build something similar.

Step 1: Watch the Videos!

It would be the best to watch both video parts of this project one after the other to get a good idea of how I made this project. And as additional support I will now present you a small parts list with example sellers, schematic and code for the electronics.

Step 2: Order Your Parts!

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You will need these parts to build the electronics for the lighting system with the WS2812B. You can find the other parts (wood, paint, screws,....) in your local hardware store.

Ebay:

WS2812B LED Strip:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

Hook up wire:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 5V 3A Power Supply:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Attiny85:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 8 Pin IC Socket:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 10k Resistor:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x 2 Pin Terminal:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Tactile Push Button:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 10k Potentiometer:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x PCB (copper lines):http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Power Switch:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Push Button:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

Amazon.de:

WS2812B LED Strip:http://amzn.to/136D2MW

Hook up wire:http://amzn.to/1zohKWS

1x 5V 3A Power Supply:http://amzn.to/1Adjjq5

1x Attiny85:http://amzn.to/1GoUHyr

1x 8 Pin IC Socket:http://amzn.to/1Adjvpk

1x 10k Resistor:http://amzn.to/1Adkcis

2x 2 Pin Terminal:http://amzn.to/1wacxlE

1x Tactile Push Button:http://amzn.to/1GI7ydi

1x 10k Potentiometer:http://amzn.to/13qJa3M

1x PCB (copper lines):http://amzn.to/13qJijE

1x Power Switch:http://amzn.to/1wxW6zx

1x Push Button:http://amzn.to/1xlBrAs

Amazon.com:

WS2812B LED Strip:http://amzn.to/12VLG0Z

Hook up wire:http://amzn.to/13qKjbz

1x 5V 3A Power Supply:http://amzn.to/12VM27U

1x Attiny85:http://amzn.to/1yUweAb

1x 8 Pin IC Socket:http://amzn.to/12VMmDt

1x 10k Resistor:http://amzn.to/1wAoOPa

2x 2 Pin Terminal:http://amzn.to/1zg2soq

1x Tactile Push Button:http://amzn.to/1zg2AEd

1x 10k Potentiometer:http://amzn.to/13qKTG7

1x PCB (copper lines):http://amzn.to/1zoklAf

1x Power Switch:http://amzn.to/1Adygs6

1x Push Button:http://amzn.to/1Gp2lsz

Step 3: Build the Circuit!

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Now it is time to build the circuit. Here you can take a look at my schematic to build this with your own board design or you can just remake my board by using the two board layout diagrams.

Step 4: Program the Attiny85!

If you do not know how to program the Attiny85 then you can take a look at my other video:

You can also find the arduino code here. Make sure that "ledbarledstrip.ino" is inside a folder with the same name and the code file "functions" is also inside this folder. Then you just need to open "ledbarledstrip.ino".

Step 5: Success!

And that was everything you need to know to build your own LED Bar. I hope it inspired you to build something similar.


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Comments

lamaleon made it! (author)2016-04-26

Hello,

I made the bar (on wheels) for my dive club. I programmed ATTINY 85 as in your video, it works. But when try to load the code "ledbarledstrip.ino + functions.ino" I have an error message that appears. See image below.
Is it due to to the "clock_trinket Library" that would not work for ATTINY 85?
I tried with three "fastled librery"
I tried to reinstalling ATTINY85 with the following:
https://githubusercontent.com/damellis/attiny/ide-1.6.x-boards-manager/package_damellis_attiny_index.json
but the problem remains the same.

What can i do?

Thank you.

rbuš (author)2016-01-28

Hi Great Scott,

as the name of your board design Program?

possibly know some Mac OS?

Thank you

martin.hanik.7 (author)2015-04-24

Morgen Scott,

danke für deine Antwort, die Fehler sind nach einer Neuinstallation nun weg.

Leider bekomme ich dein ledbarledstrip script nicht auf dem attiny zum laufen.

Den Beispielscript 'Blink' konnte ich hochladen, somit sollte die Datenübertragung funktionieren.

Auch wenn ich den 'ledbarledstrip' script direkt auf dem Arduino Uno aufspiele und meine Verdrahtung anschließe, funktioniert die LED Steuerung, also sollte die Verdrahtung stimmen.

Ich habe für den Attiny

#define DATA_PIN 0
#define ANALOG_PIN 2
#define BUTTON_PIN 7

gewählt, leider bis jetzt ohne Erfolg.

Ich hoffe du kannst mir nochmal helfen.

Danke

PS: Schöne Simson haste :)

Es gibt nur Pin 0 bis 4.

paulbrandt (author)2015-11-25

please do a video with a raspberry pi and the code

martin.hanik.7 (author)2015-04-13

Hallo Scott,

wenn ich die ledbarledstrip.ino uploaden möchte, bekomme ich folgenden Fehler:

Kannst du mir da helfen?

Danke im Voraus.

Scheint ein Fehler mit der Attiny Library zu sein. Kontrolliere dort nochmal alles. Du findest auch ein Video über das Programmieren eines Attiny auf meinen Kanal.

dirkandterra (author)2014-12-29

Great project, I saw the parts list/schematic for the top. Do you have a parts list or schematic for the bar front display?

The front matrix will be explained in another video/instructable. There I will also make a parts list. But it might take some more time to get those videos finished.

masteruan (author)GreatScottLab2015-01-24

Wich kind of IC use to interface rgb led matrix and Raspberry?

peppypickle (author)2014-12-19

so great, how long did this project take you?

It took me about one year to build the bar and the matrix.

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