Do you have the LEDs already?Yes, the 5mm's I got from ebay that will be used in the color bars, and all the single leds which are 3.0-3.2 v drop @ 20,000 mcd and 24ma max. I just order the rectangular leds and they are 2 v drop @ 20ma max which will be used in the 3 led series.
Ok, so I think I got this figured out.
Im gonna use 9 volts 6 aa's and split that up into 2 parts, 4.5 volts and 9.
I will use the 4.5 to run the UNO and the single leds.
I will use the 9 volt to run the 2 leds (6-6.4v) probably at 20ma and also the 3 rectangular leds (6v) at 20ma.
That will give me:
40 ma per color bar x 16 = 640 ma
20 ma per single led x 38 = 760 ma
20 ma per 3 led series x 28 = 560 ma
15 ma per 2 led series on the sides of them helmet x 2 = 30 ma
Which will give me a total of 1990 ma if all the leds are on at the same time, which will rarely happen and if it does it would only be for a few seconds, I can alter the programming to control the ma output at a given time which would probably be down to 1000 ma average, if that.
Wow, doing this way will save so much current draw, battery life shouldn't be too much of an issue anymore! As soon as I get some spare time I will be throwing this stuff onto a bread board and test the brightness. I might even be able to run less ma in the single leds cause they are so bright, I'd like to try to even out the brightnesses of all the leds as much as possible.