Ultra low power LED flasher using the Padauk PFS154

Low power LED flasher on PFS154: Flashing a LED is certainly among the first set of problems any burgeoning electronics specialist is tackling, may it be by using an ancient NE555 or, more recently, a microcontroller to control the LED. As it turns out, we can turn any trivial problem into a harder one by […]


Drive WS2812B LED strips from a PMOD device, a lightdriver project @ anfractuosity.com: I created a PMOD module PCB using KiCAD, that enables connecting WS2812B lighting strips to an FPGA board with a PMOD interface. The board was assembled by JLCPCB. This is my first project using an FPGA, I plan to soon implement an […]

A self-expanding ESP32 PWM board

Eric Gunnerson writes: I’ve been working on a little ESP32 expansion board/shield for an LED project I’ve been working on. One of the nice things about the ESP32 is that it has a peripheral known as “LED control” that provides 16 independent channels of PWM for controlling LED brightness, and my project uses that capability. […]

Control the bicycle traffic signal with a Particle Photon

Glen has been working on a Wi-Fi enabled bicycle traffic signal project: In the first post in this series, we built a miniature LED bicycle traffic signal using 3D printing, laser cutting, a sticker, and an Adafruit Neopixel Jewel. In this post, we’ll look at bringing the signal to life using a Particle Photon. We’ll […]

Homebrew DMX-controlled RGB LED light

Glen has written an article detailing his homebrew DMX-controlled RGB LED light: This project is a small DMX-512 controlled, color-changing RGB LED light. The light can be controlled via the DMX512 protocol or it can run a number of built-in programs depending on how the software is configured. The light incorporates an advanced 16-bit PIC24 microcontroller with […]

Game of Life on a Raspberry Pi (and a LED board) in Haskell

Trandi published a Game of Life on a Raspberry Pi in Haskell project, that is available on Github: This is a quick post about, re-purposing my Raspberry Pi + Peggy2 art installation, which already re-purposes a 8-9 years old Peggy2 LED board, to play Conway’s Game of Life. More details on Robotics /Electronics /Physical Computing blog. […]

Lightronome 1 – The light based metronome

Zoltán Gomori documented his lightronome build: I got a request, to design and build an electronic metronome. You can find several on the market, but the problem it is ether producing voice or the classical mechanical metronome. The requirement here was a visual effect. To be precise four LEDs for 4/4 beat. It is required for drumming […]

Driving a 48-segment RGB LED bar graph with a Teensy 3.2

Glen Akins writes: In my post Driving a SparkFun 48-Segment RGB LED Bar Graph, I stated that the hardware built there could be used to drive the LED bar graph with any combination of hardware and software that could drive one of the common 32×32 or 32×16 RGB LED matrices. Today I’m back to prove […]

Creating custom 3D printed LED bar graphs

Glen Akins has a nice build log on his 3D printed LED bar graphs: While building my zombie containment unit, I decided I wanted some LED displays or bar graphs to complement the containment status video running on the smaller secondary video monitor. Some other containment units used LED air pressure gauges from eBay. I […]

Individually addressable incandescent lamps

Michael wrote an article on controlling a bunch of lamps individually with WS2811 drivers and Arduino: I simply used the same technology as LED strips to allow communication between lamp modules. LED strips have RGB LEDs with an embedded driver chip which uses PWM (pulse width modulation) to control the duty cycle on the red, […]