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Changing LEDs colours as a car goes up in RPM? Answered

i'm buiding a buggy and would like to build a visual effect when going up through the RPM and have some LEDs in the back change colour as i complete in the night events,   
My question is there  away of building a system that  runs off the aultnator as the RPM rises it changes the colours in the light out put


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mpilchfamily (author)2012-06-30

There are many ways of building a system like that. You'll need a micro controller to take the given input and covert it into the right color combo on your RGB LEDs. Its just a matter of finding a good input source. Reading the voltage fluctuation in the alternator may not be the best option.

The engine has an RPM gauge right? Is it a mechanical or electronic gauge? If its electronic then getting the output from that gauge and feeding into the micro controller at a safe voltage would be your best bet.

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frollard (author)mpilchfamily2012-06-30

A few wraps of wire around an iginition coil/spark plug wire would give a decent reading that could be fed through a zener diode for protection then an op amp and finally into the micro to give rpm...

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