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RGB LED Strip matrix? Answered

Can I use connected RGB L.E.D. strips in rows to make a animate-able matrix? And what program do I use to animate it? I'm working on making a deadmau5 mask that lights up, so it has to be a portable unit as I would like to wear it to shows. Thanks :)?

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showtacle
showtacle

7 years ago

I think we have a solution for you.
Check out the following video to see if it is what you are looking for: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8nPihPglcM

You can find more at www.ledstripstudio.com
David

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

8 years ago

Any particular strips in mind ? The ones I have have around 30 leds/metre. What you're proposing is possible, the software I suspect you'd have to write, but its only stuffing images at 16 images/second onto the matrix, not too hard to create. The problem is more likely to be power ! They are not light consumers of it

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downhillwondrboy13
downhillwondrboy13

Answer 8 years ago

Any RGB strip with the most amount of leds per meter. And yeah I was wondering how i would manage the power, and if I would need a heatsink. And any suggestions as to how I would write the program and what software I would use? I've never attempted anything like this before.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 8 years ago

Start by finding suitable LED strips. 30/metre is the most I've seen in convenient strips. You shouldn't need a heatsink for the strips I've seen.

Writing the code is secondary to getting the LEDs, even an Arduino is probably fast enough to do basic animation on a small matrix.

You could do tricks like clock out multiple columns of data with the same instruction cycles, but if you haven't written any code, I wouldn't start from here. ;-)