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The pin numbers are in an array
The array indices are 0 and 1
You need to generate a random number that is either 0 or 1 to use as the index to the array
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random(0, 1);
does not generate a random number that is either 0 or 1.  Print it to see what it does generate
Well, changing it to ledPin1=myPins[random(o,2)]; which should generate a value between 0 and 1 does not actually fix the problem so what is wrong?


May 29, 2019, 08:02 pm Last Edit: May 29, 2019, 08:03 pm by PaulRB
More errors here:
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ledPin1 = myPins[random(0,2)];

if(ledPin1 = 0){
  int ledPin2 = 1;}
  else {
    int ledPin2 = 0;}

What value could ledPin1 be here? Should it ever be zero?
It's important to understand the difference between "=" and "=="


Thank you to everyone for your helpful comments. This isn't a programming language I have used much before so the little things become frustratingly invisible.

Below is the code that achieves my desired output for any future reference:

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unsigned long previousMillisLED10 = 0; //millis() returns an unsigned long
unsigned long previousMillisLED11 = 0; //millis() returns an unsigned long

unsigned long intervalLED10 = 100; //time needed to wait (ms) - 10 Hz
unsigned long intervalLED11 = 1; //1 kHz

boolean LED10State = false; //state variable for LED
boolean LED11State = false;

int ledPin1;
int ledPin2;

void setup() {
  // put your setup code here, to run once
pinMode(ledPin1, OUTPUT);
pinMode(ledPin2, OUTPUT); 

int myPins[]={10, 11};


ledPin1 = myPins[random(0,2)];

   if(ledPin1 == 10){
  ledPin2 = 11;}
  else if (ledPin1 == 11){
    ledPin2 = 10;}

Serial.print("Pin 1: " );
Serial.print("Pin 2: " );

void loop() {
  // put your main code here, to run repeatedly:


unsigned long currentMillis = millis(); //grab current time
//toggle LED10
if ((unsigned long)(currentMillis-previousMillisLED10)>= intervalLED10){
  LED10State =!LED10State; //toggles the state
  digitalWrite(ledPin1, LED10State); //sets the LED based on ledState
  //save the 'current' time to pin 10's previousMillis
  previousMillisLED10 = currentMillis;
//toggle LED11
if ((unsigned long)(currentMillis-previousMillisLED11)>= intervalLED11){
  LED11State =!LED11State; //toggles the state
  digitalWrite(ledPin2, LED11State); //sets the LED based on ledState
  //save the 'current' time to pin 11's previousMillis
  previousMillisLED11 = currentMillis;

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