Introduction: Make Your Own 15x10 RGB LED Matrix
In this video series I will present you how to build a 15x10 RGB LED Matrix. This Matrix has a width of 1.5m and a height of 1m. It consists of PL9823 RGB LEDs which are a cheap alternative to common WS2812 LEDs. I will talk about the challenges that such a project offers and how I solved mostly every problem during the build. At the end of this instructables you should be able to build such a monstrosity and also be able to control it with the Glediator software through a Raspberry Pi 2. And trust me, it looks amazing! Let's get started!
And if you are curious how I built the wood construction around the Matrix itself, then check out my previous Instructables about my LED Bar: https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-LED...
Step 1: Watch Part 1 of the Video Series!
Part 1 is all about how I started the project,.......with many problems. It is only an introduction and does not show my final design. You can skip it if you really don't have the time.
Step 2: Watch Part 2 of the Video Series!
This video gives you all the information you need to build your own Matrix. And you can already control the PL9823 LEDs with an Arduino Nano to produce a great light show.
Step 3: Order Your Parts!
Here is a small parts list with example sellers (affiliate links):
150x PL9823 RGB LED 8mm: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...
150x 100nF Capacitor: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...
1x 5V 12A Power Supply: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...
1x Arduino Nano : http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1...
1x150Ω Resistor: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...
150x PL9823 RGB LED 8mm : https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dZQGdv0
150x 100nF Capacitor: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dTiEVIE
1x 5V 12A Power Supply: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_d8Ppysw
1x Arduino Nano : https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dULoNXh
1x150Ω Resistor: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dTPpXjt
150x PL9823 RGB LED 8mm : http://amzn.to/1BvtRl7
150x 100nF Capacitor: http://amzn.to/148xJNV
1x 5V 12A Power Supply: http://amzn.to/1CU84oT
1x Arduino Nano : http://amzn.to/1zLHZEi
1x150Ω Resistor: http://amzn.to/1bhKZ6C
You also need:
15m 3x1.5 qmm NYM
15m 0.75 qmm solid wire
2m 5x2.5 qmm flexible wire
Step 4: Animations for the Arduino Nano!
Here are the codes that I used during this video part. This way you don't need a Raspberry Pi 2 to control your LED Matrix, just an Arduino Nano. And it already looks awesome!
Mediafire Link: http://www.mediafire.com/download/kho5lfw25bh9y75...
Step 5: Watch Part 3 of the Video Series!
In this final part I show you how to use the Glediator Matrix animation software with a Raspberry Pi 2/ Banana Pro/ Banana Pi/ Orange Pi.
Step 6: Order Your Favorite Single Board Computer!
Here is a list of boards that should work without a problem (affiliate links):
Raspberry Pi 2: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...
Raspberry Pi 2:http://amzn.to/1F9l8u4
Banana Pi: http://amzn.to/1rSg2gq
Banana Pro: http://amzn.to/1xjfkM5
Orange Pi: -
Step 7: GLEDIATOR PL9823 Arduino Sketch!
Here you can download the code which you need to upload to the Arduino Nano before using the Glediator software.
Step 8: Useful Links to Sites!
Here are some of the sites that I mentioned during video part 3:
Raspberry Pi 2 Raspian Download: http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/
Solderlab.de Glediator Download: http://www.solderlab.de/index.php/downloads/catego...
LeMaker Raspian Download: http://www.lemaker.org/resources/9-38/image_files....
Step 9: Commands That I Used!
Here is a list of commands that I used during the final part of the video series:
sudo passwd root (Change the password for the root user)
cd glediator/dist/ (Change directory)
java -jar Glediator.jar (Execute Glediator.jar)
sudo apt-get install librxtx-java (Install the RXTX library for Java)
export CLASSPATH=/usr/share/java/RXTXcomm.jar (Change CLASSPATH)
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/jni (Change LD_LIBRARY_PATH)
Step 10: Success
You did it! Now sit back and enjoy the light show.
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