Hello Everyone! I am new to this site, and new to Arduino. I realize I have a ton to learn, but I believe that I understand the basics(the absolute basics). A friend of mine gave me a strand of 20 36mm LED pixels. I purchased Arduino Leonardo, and a 12V 5A switching power supply to start learning on before I take on my bigger project. I have a few questions on feasibility though if you guys can help me wrap my head around it.
My plan is to make my wife and I LED suits for burning man 2014. I'll plan on using full body white jumpsuits. I want to cover them head to toe( shoulder to ankle i guess). I've estimated that I'll need ~250 pixels for mine, and maybe ~175 for my wife's. I want to run them symmetrically on the suit, up and down, side to side. First issue is power. I'm still figuring out how to calculate this, and I know it's a matter of how many of them are on at one time, and at what brightness. I own a couple of these things that run my photography flashes: http://www.paulcbuff.com/vm120.php I'm thinking this would likely be ample power if I use the 12V power supply I purchased. This thing is fairly small, and only 3.5 lbs..it could easily be carried in the backpack I keep with me in the desert.
My second question...Each of these pixels all have their own controller, so that means I can control each one individually from the Arduino, correct? I would like to control the lights in a couple different fashions, can you tell me if any or all of them are possible? I would like to have them start from the bottom, and progressively move to the top, in a wave, while changing colors. Is this going to be doable? Can I have a similar movement controlled by sound? I'm assuming I could do basic color transitions while the whole suit is lit up? What level of difficulty is this programming? I am a total n00b, but I'm going to start by learning on a single strand of 20.
Thanks for any input you have on this! I have 8 months to get these done, and I'm willing to put in the work to learn. I've done EL wire suits in years past, but I'm looking to step it up this year. I'd love to hear from someone who's done something similar. I'm very much looking forward to joining this community, and learning more!