Luke Murphy
Creative Media Technologies / Year 3

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Luke Murphy

Luke Murphy

Creative Media Technologies

Year 3

  • Project Title User interface panel to enable choosing custom lighting effects
  • Course BSc [Hons] Creative Media Technologies
  • Year 3
  • Contact Info N00151919@iadt.ie

Multi-Effects RGB LED Panel

The aim of this project was to create a tripod-mountable LED Multi Effects panel, where its users would be able to choose from its custom coded effects and alter them to their own liking with the use of push buttons and potentiometers.

Project Description

The 60 NeoPixels are attached to a black wooden backboard which is mounted using brackets. The RGB LEDs are displayed in 4 rows of 15 inside the 29cm wide and 12.5 cm high tripod-mountable case. The case was drawn in Adobe Illustrator, then laser-cut and engraved in 3mm thick acrylic. On the top of the panel there are 4 potentiometers for controlling the R,G and B values. For the frequency of the flashing there is an on/off switch, and a push button to cycle through the panel's effects. These are programmed with an Arduino Uno. The circuit inside consists of 2 x 220 ohm resistors, a 1,000 microfarad capacitor and a 3.7V at 2000mha Lipo Battery to power the LEDs.

Project Findings

The result of this project was a unit that allowed the users to control and alter pre-coded lighting effects on the front LED display, using potentiometers and buttons. I found that the main challenge in the project was the design of the whole casing and fitting everything correctly and sturdily enough, ensuring that the casing was durable.

Luke Murphy
Creative Media Technologies / Year 3