BT LED Matrix Display - 80x8 Px Arduino Based




Introduction: BT LED Matrix Display - 80x8 Px Arduino Based

In this guide I will show you how to make your own Arduino LED Matrix display! In this project I decided to make my own PCB that is based on Arduino UNO microcontroller - Atmega328p. Bellow you will find the electronic schematic with PCB layout so you can easily produce it.

Display Features:

  • Time
  • Day of the week
  • Date
  • Temperature and Humidity
  • Ticker (scrolling) Text
  • Adjustable brightness level
  • Bluetooth communication
  • Memory saving

The board is specially design for up to 10 led matrix displays with MAX7219 IC. You can display the time and date (DS1307 RTC IC), temperature and humidity (DHT-22), change the brightness (15 levels or auto via photocell) and scroll a text message. We have developed an android and windows application to update time/date, brightness and text message via Bluetooth connectivity. The text and brightness value are stored in EEPROM memory, that means that every time that you will turn off/on the unit, these variables will be loaded from memory.

Assembly Video:

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Step 1: What You Will Need - Hardware

Step 2: Circuit Schematic - PCB

Order it from and get 10pcs PCB for free! (only for new members). Instructions on how to order it can be found in the video.

Download gerber zip file

Tip: You can also make your changes to the circuit - online - here.

Step 3: The Code

Tip: Use a usb to ttl module to program your pcb (or the Arduino uno board)

Download the code from here and open it with Arduino IDE. Inside you will also find all necessary libraries.

Step 4: Assembly and Box

Assembly the pcb, you will need a soldering iron, it will take some time...

For box use black - transparent plexiglass, 3mm thickness:

  • 2pcs 33x4 cm
  • 2pcs 33x6 cm
  • 2pcs 6.6x4.6 cm (left and right)

Optional, if you have a 3d printer you can print the left and right side.

Step 5: Software and Configuration Protocol

From here you can download the software for windows os.

For Android app, download it from Android PlayStore

Features of current version:

-Update time and date with your device clock

-Update brightness level

-16 available levels (set to 0 for automatic adjustment)

-Change the ticker (scrolling) text (set to blank to deactivate it)

How to use it:

Turn on Bluetooth and pair your display. The default name of the Bluetooth module is "HC-06" or "HC-05" and usually the password is "1234".

Now open the application, press the "Load Paired Devices" button and select your BT module.

Note: If you can't establish a connection with your LED Matrix Display, just restart it.

If you have any problem with this application just send me an email.

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    6 Discussions


    11 days ago

    If I were you, I would add music controller to it, our at least a functionality to show the curernt music that is playing on the connected device.


    16 days ago

    1) Can FC16 Matrix Modules (from eBay) be used?
    If so, what should be changed in the sketch?
    2) Can DS3231 be used instead of DS1307?


    Reply 16 days ago

    1) If the FC16 Module uses the MAX7219, yes you can use it without any changes
    2) As the DS3231 IC has a different pinout from the DS1307 IC, no you cant use it... it's in compatible with this pcb board.


    Reply 16 days ago

    Thanks for the reply
    1) Yes, the FC16 uses the MAX7219. So, I mean the orientation of the pins.
    2) I said about the DS3231 because it is much more accurate than the DS1307 and, in this case, periodically (of course, for a long time), you must define the time in the sketch.


    Reply 15 days ago

    You will not have a problem, just connect the cables as the pinout label. About the setting of the time, you can use the software app for android or windows and update the clock via bluetooth. This is necessary in first time and when you will change the coin battery after some time. I will take a look of the DS3231 in my next project. Thanks


    Reply 15 days ago

    Thanks for the reply; I think it would be a good idea to adapt the DS3231 to this PCB.
    I will wait.