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Hi,
Found this when I was looking for DIY rc led light, so I decided to try this out :)
I'm planning to make some working led lights for my scale crawler.
The first question what board will be suitable (as small as possible)?
I think I need some input from the receiver like...
-If brakes on
-main lights on/off
-headlight on/off
-if reversing
-turnlight on/off and when steering left/right when speed is zero (so it don't blink everytime you make a turn)
-and maybe something more?

Do I need a certain board which can read the output from a receiver?



dtokez

Check this out, it may be helpful http://laneboysrc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/diy-rc-light-controller-update.html

If you want to make you own the arduino pro mini would be the smallest

What do I need to get started?

http://store.arduino.cc/eu/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11_12&products_id=227

Is this used to connect the mini to the PC for programing
http://store.arduino.cc/eu/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11_15&products_id=143

dtokez

I would use a mini http://store.arduino.cc/eu/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11_12&products_id=218

and yes that FTDI board will program the mini

Good luck!

thanks,
Now I just have to buy them somewhere and wait for them to arrive :)
This is going to be fun :)

dtokez

if you want to go for the cheap option look for clones on ebay, beware they tend to take a long time to arrive, sometimes they don't even arrive at all - but can be worth the gamble

thanks for the advice, looked around at stores in sweden and realized I could buy 4-5 pieces on ebay instead for the same price?
So I ordered 2 from 2 different sellers on ebay, so now I just have to wait :)

Meanwhile I can start thinking of how I want the lights to work and what functions I want.

dtokez

its pretty incredible the prices for the cloned stuff. I picked up some pro mini's for about £2.60 each the other week!

If i had more spare cash I would buy more of the official stuff, shame it is so much more expensive!

Good luck on the project, did you check out the lane boys controller - it might give u a head start or some ideas?

Yes I looked at his projects but couldn't get to page where the code and the stuff was?
When I reach the page there's nothing there?

But I think I manage anyway, it's going to be fun to try to get everything right :)

Final I got one of the micro board I ordered :)
I have hooked it up to the computer and started to test a bit, it was really fun.

But I have one question that I couldn't find an answer on, maybe I have searched for the wrong subject?
Can I hook up the signal from a rc reciever direct to a analog input on the arduin and read the input values?



Paul__B


Can I hook up the signal from a rc reciever direct to a analog input on the arduin and read the input values?


The signal from an RC receiver is not analog - it is a series of digital pulses.

It is for controlling servos.

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