Yes, I will take it one step at a time. The first step is to get an adruino and some tlc chips. At minimum I can get basic lighting on the bike a I go through each step. Putting the SD card on will be one of the last features. Right now I am more interested in just sequencing the lights and having a remote to control it. Then I would like VU meter interactivity. I plan on having the VU meter on the edge of my windshield. I am going to get my windshield etched with a wolf track pattern across the bottom. So the leds on the side of the windshield will light that up. The SD card is just a luxury. If I can easily swap out animation information it would be nice.
As for power if there is a way to get smooth power I am all ears. Here is my plan for power. LEDs don't take up much power, probably even with the adruino. But if I am at a bike show for a couple of hours I don't want my battery to be drained to the point it won't start the bike. So I am going to do a little trick used with boats that want trolling motors to run while the boat is turned off. This product
along with a small pocketbike battery
that will be dedicated to to lighting system - properly fused and such of course. It depends on what I have room for. It depends on how I lay out everything on the bike.
I don't think I need many LEDs. But if they are RBG that means I need 3 times as many TLC chips as a solid color. I am thinking 4 along each side, 2 on each side in the rear fender, 2 on each side under the tank lighting up the engine, 2 one each side in front fender, then the 10 for the 6 led stereo windshield VU meter. That's 32 leds organized in an ideal fashion for tlc chip placement. Since it is easy to daisy chain them one set of tlcs will be under the tank handling the 16 LEDs in the center and rear of the bike. The other set of tlcs can handle the 16 LEDs on the front.
So the question is would 6 be too many? I'm not sure how the chips work, if there are code limits and physical limits. Or is there an alternative?
I am a software guy, but I can read a schematic. I do light electronics as a hobby. I've built several stomp boxes for my bass guitar. I can follow the instruction, but I don't have the knowledge to modify a circuit much.
Is there a good article on debugging the code?