Solar powered RGB led strip Answered
I want to make a solar powered rgb led strip. My thought is something like christmas light. I would like the lights to have effects like fading, blinking, and chasing.
What equipment do I need and what steps do I have to take?
I was recommended to use arduino and have started looking at that and would like to use that as it seems easy to use. The led would be RGB led so that I can change colors and stuff like that. I was thinking of having 2-3 independent "lines" which would make up one strip. For example, one line would be red and the other would look green. it would look like this: r-g-r-g-r-g-r-g with r meaning read and g meaning green. I dont know if it would be best to run each line in serial or parallel. Then I would like to provide power for the whole strip with a small solar panel. Sort of like the ones used on solar lawn decorations or solar motion sensing security light. Hopefully I wont need a big solar panel and a small one would be enough to power all the leds that I want. I'm thinking of having about 100 led per strip so 50 led per line. After this is done I might want to do a strip of 200 led. And finally, I would like for the light to turn on and off automatically at dawn and dusk.
Is anyone willing to help me out with this project? I am a newbie and need lots of help.