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 […]

App note: LED electrostatic breakdown

Very brief reminder from ROHM semiconductors about LED electrostatic destruction. Link here (PDF) LED products are classified as having a lower electrostatic breakage resistance than other semiconductor products. InGaN devices used in blue and white LEDs are more vulnerable to static electricity than other InGaAlP and GaP (red to yellow-green) devices.

Reverse-engineering a low-power LED flasher chip

Ken writes, “How do you make an LED blink? A vintage way is the LM3909, a chip from 1975 that can flash an LED for a year from a single flashlight battery. This chip has some surprising features, such as a charge pump that lets you power a 2-volt LED from a 1.5-volt battery. This […]

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 […]

App note: The Phytochrome system – Why use far-red?

App note from Würth Elektronik on why plants evolved to use far-red wavelengths and why it is essential for them. Link here (PDF) The light requirement of plants is now known to be far more complex than originally thought leading to the development of numerous LED technologies that produce a variety of different light spectra, […]

App note: HT66FB574 single colour independent light streamer USB keyboard

Another app note from Holtek this time about their HT66FB574, a USB keyboard device that can support single color LED streamer. Link here (PDF) The video gaming industry is seeing continual increasing demand for multi-feature keyboards. These can include features such as keys with an individual LED which can display different graphical effects along with […]

Lattice iCE40 Ultra Plus FPGA: Gnarly Grey Upduino – Tutorial 1: The basics

A how-to getting an LED flashing using VHDL from Harris’ Electronics: The cheap price however comes with a few niggles, namely getting it up and running in the first place with the limited documentation. Gnarly Grey do a great job of explaining programming a starting program but don’t say much about further development. With that […]

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. […]

App note: LEDs – The future of horticultural lighting

LEDs used in a controlled environment greenhouse farms, an app note from Würth Elektronik. Link here (PDF) Greenhouse farms may not be a new technology but with an every growing world population and the move towards sustainability, intensive yet highly efficient and standardized food production will increasingly become the norm in future years opening a […]

App note: HT45F3420 LED flashlight application

Holtek’s HT45F3420 MCU provide LED flashlight application all in with minimal external components. Link here (PDF) In traditional LED flashlight application circuits, the battery is used to directly drive the LED which will cause uneven brightness levels and the possibility of damaged LEDs due to changing battery conditions. Using the HT45F3420 for LED flash application, […]

App note: SOLERIQ® L38

OSRAM’s filament looking LED application note. Link here (PDF) SOLERIQ® L38 (GW T3LxF1) is a filament LED with a beam angle of 360deg for indoor retrofit lighting applications. It combines the advantages of modern LED technology with the aesthetics of traditional light bulbs. The construction of the SOLERIQ® L38 consists of a ceramic based frame […]