Introduction: Build Your Own Ambient Lighting With the Raspberry Pi
I wanted to build an Ambient Lighting System for my TV ever since i bought the Raspberry Pi one year ago. After I finally managed to order the necessary special WS2801 LED strip, I started the build and everything went better than expected.
This is a tutorial which I splitted in 3 parts for endurable video length and clearer structure.
In the first part I talk about the led strip, how to position it and how to solder it. Also I install the Raspbmc on the SD Card and get everything ready for the Boblight plugin.
The second part is the most complicated one. It is all about configuring the Boblight plugin and connecting the GPIO headers to the strip. After this part you will be able to recreate the project.
The third and final part is all about optimizing. I modify the case and made everything much compacter and user friendly.
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Step 1: Watch Part 1!
I think part 1 is very simple and there is not much explaining to do. Just be sure to get the right parts and you can download Raspbmc with this link:
Step 2: Order Your Parts!
Here is a small list of things you will need.
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Step 3: Watch Part 2!
This time it is more about the software aspect. Get the necessary software in the next step and configure your Ambient Lighting.
Step 4: Download the Software!
Download the BoblightConfigTool right here. And you can also download my boblight.conf file to use it as a reference. You can download PuTTY and WinSCP with the links:
After this part 2 your project is done. But be sure to check out part 3 to optimize the Ambient Lighting.
Step 5: Watch Part 3!
Take a look at the next step to find more information about the "wire" part.
Step 6: Get the Connections Right!
I did not create a schematic for this. But I took a lot of picture so look carefully to get all the connections right.
Step 7: Success!
You did it ! Your very own Ambient Lighting. I hope you liked this project.
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