Hello all. I'm VERY new to arduino and electronics in general. I have a pretty big first-project going on with a mix of multiple 7-segment displays, lot of LEDs and multiple LCD screens. I have been able to do tests with each and successfully make each part do what I want with an Arduino Mega. Now I want to start putting them all together and whew, that's a lot of wiring and soldering if I use individual 7-segments. Just hooking up a 4-digit was a ton of wires going every which way. Multiply that out by 10 or more sets and I need to find a more elegant solution.
I really liked the sparkfun 7-segment serial enabled display (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9765). It saves on me soldering and one communication wire. It's perfect...except for the size and digits. I need some with 3 digits, some with 2, some with 4. I've been searching for a couple days online and there are lots of sites out there with varying prices.
So, the question is what places/products would you recommend for:
1.Ready-to-go serial enabled 7-segment displays in various sizes, digits and colors? OR 2.Already wired to a pcb (but would need a multiplexer) 7-segment displays in various sizes, digits and colors? (This would at least save me solder work)