8 Led's to show binary message

Hello all.

Im currently building a project using an Uno board in which i have 8 led's in a row and require them to cycle through a message in binary.

the leds are on pins 2 through 9

so if i wanted to have the leds spell arduino i would want it to cycle through the following (where 0 is off and 1 is on and between each letter a delay) :

01100001 01110010 01100100 01110101 01101001 01101110 01101111

i have searched for a few weeks and cant find anything that does what i need.

any help would be amazing, thanks in advance


If you want just write "Arduino" you can simple turn on/off each LED and add a delay.

int led7 = 9;
int led0=2;

void setup() {                
  pinMode(led7, OUTPUT);  // initialize the digital pin as an output.
  pinMode(led0, OUTPUT);
} //End of setup

void loop() {
// 01100001
  digitalWrite(led7, LOW);
  digitalWrite(led6, HIGH);
  digitalWrite(led5, HIGH);
  digitalWrite(led4, LOW);
  digitalWrite(led0, HIGH);

  delay(1000);   // wait for a second

//and the others

} //End of loop

You can do this also by an Array or very flexible by ASCII-Code from a String.

A few weeks? I think this is what you want. Copy the code below and run the sketch. Enter your text into the serial monitor. Study this example until you can do it for yourself.

// LED binary display with 8 LEDs using serial monitor input
// Tom Fangrow, August 5, 2012

int i;                        // counter used to switch pins

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);         // open serial port at 9600 baud
  for(i=2; i<10; i++) {       // for LEDs on pins 2 thru 9
    pinMode(i, OUTPUT);       // set each pin for output

void loop() {
  if(Serial.available()) {    // if anything on port
    byte c = Serial.read();   // read character
    for(i=2; i<10; i++) {     // while there is data remaining
      digitalWrite(i, c%2);   // display the least significant bit
      c /= 2;                 // move to next significant bit
    delay(1000);              // look at character for 1 second

(code edited slightly a few minutes after posting)

Basically you attempt with 8 LEDs what I did with 20 LEDs. So maybe you fill find my POV code helpful. http://blog.blinkenlight.net/experiments/basic-effects/pov-reloaded/. It should not be to hard to adapt this to 8 LEDs instead of 20.

You want "write" arduino on a row of eight leds using binary? I dont quite understand hiw you expect to relay letter infirmation through eight bit binary. You could do it with a minimum of 20 leds if you want to clearly illuminate an led version of the word "arduino".

Could you elaborate a bit more? I'm clearly missing something

If they were arranged like this... 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 but still would not be a very good display for letters, lots of better ways to do it.