My name is Mikey, I am looking to build an LED system that contains 1000-1200 individually addressable high-brightness LEDs. Ideally the LEDs have to be as small as possible. The LEDs will illuminate a poly-urethane sculpture and will thus be mounted underneath it. I've no experience with Arduino as of yet but have found it to be perhaps a solution to my project's needs.
The wall spans 40m wide with a height of 4m. the sculptures are scattered across the wall somewhat evenly, so wiring is a concern!
I'm having difficulty directing myself to learn about the components that would power such a system. I have found that some people have managed to achieve a similar project using an arduino mega with a series of other components, but (amongst other things) i find it difficult to figure out why they use that VS another system.
Can anyone help direct me to the sort of googling I'll need to do? I.E. if it were building a computer you might suggest something like: 1. CPU 2. Motherboard 3. HDD etc
Another design constraint of my project is that I will need to reposition the LEDs / Sculptures from time to time and so I wonder if there is a 'hot swappable' system that can span across the base of the wall that I can just plug LED's in and out of.
I would like to control the LED system through a program (that I will make) which connects to an online database to read an array which gives the LED's their colour value.
Thank you for your time and consideration in advance.
Kind regards, Mikey Musch.