Introduction: Sound Reactive Holiday Christmas LED Lights
These look really awesome on a tree and the effect the three different strands give off together is really cool. The design of the lights is really nice as well as you can do a lot of different types of projects with them.
The inspiration was to have my Christmas tree lights dance to the music I would play at a holiday party. Check out the video to get a better idea:
Step 1: Grab Your Materials
Here is what you will need for this project.
A tree is a good start. :)
Celebright LED Holiday Lights in Blue, White and Muliticolor
3 Female DC Wire Plugs
3 LED Adapter Slice Cables
12W 12V Adapter
Each Celebright strand has a DC plug on it. A DC connection is just a plug in version of a positive (+) and negative (-) connection. The LED Adapter Slice Cable is going to convert from that plug-in setting to a "Hard Wire" setting.
Once plugged in to all three Celebright strands you will have 6 splice connections available to use.
Step 2: Wire in to the Apollo Jammer Color Controller
The Apollo Jammer color controller functions like most other color controllers out there in the fact that it is a 4-channel system firing four signals. This color controller fires channel 1 (power), 2, 3 and 4.
Channels 2, 3 and 4 are typically used on systems with Red, Green and Blue. A good example is if you set a color controller to access the color purple and the controller was set to blue on channel 1 as well as channel 2, it would fire channel 1 and 2.
With an LED strip light each chip has 3 colors ending in the outcome of blending. What we are doing here is having the Apollo Jammer send out signals to channels and it is not specific to a color. We will have 3 individual strands reacting separately but wound together with the illusion of one line.
Step 3: Wind Your Sections Together
Take two of your three sections of Celebright strip light and wrap them together, I found it was best to have someone help as the strands were long.
Once you have two strands together repeat the process to add the third strand to it.
Step 4: Stranded!
Step 5: Put Them on the Tree!
Step 6: Other Uses
You can do a lot with stuff. Here is a great example.
I wound it around a Christmas tree topper.
What can you use it for? :)
8 years ago on Introduction
love instructable! Now does the Apollo Jammer need to be connected to a speaker or music source? I wanted to do a similar project that reacts to any noise whether music, talking, etc... Do you think I could use this same technique to achieve that?