LED Umbrella





Introduction: LED Umbrella

About: I was a project manager for Toy and other electronic products manufacture. Now I am a sourcing person for fun projects in Blinkinlabs. I try to use the resource in China to make things fun. Most of the proje...

We are going to have workshop in NYC Resistor on Sunday, June 5, 2016, check this out if you are interested.


Besides the workshop you can also make your own umbrella by following my instrustables.

Use WS2812 led strip and blinkytape controller and build your programmable led umbrella

Step 1: Materials

1. pagoda umbrella

2. WS2812s LED strips (60led/meter, 45cm/strip, total 3.6meter)

3. controller-- Blinkytape controller

4. wires

5. heatshrink tubing(I recommend dual wall heatshrink tubing. "Dual wall tubing products consist of a crosslinked outer jacket and an inner layer of adhesive or encapsulant."--http://www.te.com/usa-en/products/heat-shrink-tubing/dual-wall-heat-shrinkable-tubing.html?tab=pgp-story)

6. slide switch for power

7. 18650 battery and its battery case

8. ziptie

9.1N5817 or other diode

Step 2: Tool

solder iron etc.

Step 3: Use Clip to Attach the Led Strips to the Umbrella to Check the Effect First

The radius of my umbrella is about 48cm, I cut the ws2812 led strip into 27led/strip which its length is about 45cm.

Step 4: Cut the Ws2812 Strip and Solder the Wire to It

Cut the led strip and solder the cable like the photo.

I suggest to use a simple tool to test the strip before the next step.

Connect the strip 5V gnd and input to the blinkytape controller. Connect the strip's output to an ok strip's input. Connect the ok strip's vcc and gnd to the blinkytape controller. Then connect the usb power to the blinkytape controller the strips should be on. (Please refer to the video)

After test all the strips. Then label the input and output of the strips.

Step 5: Connect All the Strips

Connect all the strips' VCC in parallel.

Connect all the strips' GND in parallel

Connect Out1 to input2, out2 to input3, .....

Connect VCC, GND and input1 to the 3pin jst male connecter

Connect the VCC and 1N5817 and slide switch like the photo in order to prevent reverse the battery.(I need to improve the protection circuit in the coming version, like short protection, low voltage input, etc...)

Step 6: Tie the Led Strip to the Umbrella

Step 7: Connect the Blinkytape Controller to the Computer

Resize the blinkytape to 8*27 leds and draw your own pattern and download it to the blinkytape controller.

Free software: Pattern Paint from Blinkinlabs.

Step 8: Connect the Blinkytape Controller to the Umbrella and Input the 18650 Battery and Power On

Step 9: More Blinky Umbrella

shark shark shark~!



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    thanks for helping inspire my latest project!

    did you use silicone tubing to waterproof the RGB LED strips?

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    If the led strip without silicon epoxy, I will use the silicon tube. in fact i made two umbrella. :-)

    I love it. Thanks for sharing

    So cool! I really admire your creativity and ingenuity. Great job.` I'm planning to build this when I get a break in school.


    2 years ago

    really great silhouette emphasied with the led, hm what about a durable water proof casing? umbrella and rain come hand in hand ...

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    In fact i add some dual wall heatshrink tubing for the protection and all the led strips are inside the umbrella. But I need to find a better 18650 battery box.

    Your video of the umbrella in action looks great. I've never seen that shape of umbrella before, but it makes the LEDs look even more interesting -- nice choice!

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