I'm looking to have a grasp on what is "out there" w/r/t controlling many LEDs with microcontrollers, especially when it comes to scaling up from a few things that work.
Here is what I know about as of 2018:
- neopixels using arduino boards, and/or using the arduino framework on non-arduino boards (e.g., teensy etc)
- dmx controller w/ usb to LED strips
- neopixels using other microcontrollers
- more generic LED strip options
- LED screens?
Basically I'm trying to understand where I should be researching to get this information.
I also don't have a thorough background in electronics, but would like to understand more. I've read some posts on this forum which have been helpful, but looking for a couple of points at which to get my feet wet.
My understanding is that as you chain more and more strips together, the power requirements increase, so you need to have something in place to provide enough power at each chain point so that the LEDs operate at a nominal brightness. I also realize that there are certain libraries that excel at addressing many things at once, so any suggestions there are also welcome. What I have looked at so far is mainly introductory LED tutorials with arduino, and a couple of neopixel library tutorials.
I know that this is a rather encompassing series of topics, so if anyone needs to simply refer me to some external literature that would be welcome too!