LED Strip project for my son to be born Feb 2nd.

Good morning everyone,

I am complete and utter noob when it comes to this atm. I am an IT professional with a bunch of certifications but when it comes to electrical stuff im not very good. I am very comfortable programming as I know a few languages. But need help with what I must buy in order to get this to work. I have gone through tons of tutorials about LED lights(digital and analog). I just need some suggestions on what to buy to get this to work and work GREAT.

Anyways here is my story. I have a room squarish room with the size of ~12' by ~12'. I am building pieces of wood that will be upholstered with dark grey fabric. These pieces of wood are 12'' high and room length (of course it will be cut and it will be going around the room). It will go 3/4 of the way up on the wall. It will be hung on 2 small pieces (one for the top and bottom of the 12'' piece of wood) of wood behind it.

I would like to put LED Light strips run by an Arduino. They will be on the top and bottom portion of the wood planks. and will meet at the end. I will end up buying 4 LED strips and most likely be using http://www.amazon.com/SUPERNIGHT-Waterproof-300LEDs-Changing-Flexible/dp/B00DTOAWZ2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1387378622&sr=8-5&keywords=supernight+led. Please let me know if there are another brand you recommend.

My end result will hopefully look like this just better:

If anyone could please help me understand what I need to buy to get this to work. It would be easy if I could just link all the cables together. But as I have the door, a closet and a window to go around, they will not be able to go together. I will be putting the tops and the bottoms together though. If someone has any suggestions I'd REALLY appreciate it.

You realize that the lights you linked to already have a controller built in, even has a remote to change the colors!

What do you want the Arduino to do?

Yup I realize that. But I want to be able to program the lights from my computer in the other room. I will probably either run a wire to the arduino. It will be sitting next to a jack so I'll be able to connect it there. I want to be able to do what ever I want with them. And later I want to be able to add stuff to the arduino. I want to be able to later when I get much better add sound module so the lights go with the sound.

Sounds like you want to study up on the infra-red libraries for the Arduino so you can emulate the remote controls with a strategically placed IR LED.

By the way - you may be an IT professional, but how do you know on which day your son will be born?

Paul__B: Sounds like you want to study up on the infra-red libraries for the Arduino so you can emulate the remote controls with a strategically placed IR LED.

Good idea. I made an IR controlled car using an Apple remote and Ken Shirrff's IR library.

http://www.righto.com/2009/08/multi-protocol-infrared-remote-library.html

Using the library you should be able to decode the existing remotes codes. Once you know the codes it's easy to play them back using the Arduino.

Waffletaco: I will end up buying 4 LED strips

Only 4? From your description, it sounds like you need 8.

Waffletaco: I want to be able to program the lights from my computer in the other room.

Then how will you observe the child's reaction?

I think you can choose some better quality LED strips. I strongly recommend the Lighting Ever LED strips, and you can also find it on Amazon, and these LED strips are gorgeous, I bought 2 for my daughters they just love it! First the quality is great and very safe to use, and of course the price is reasonable. And for your reference there is BLOG which have a detail steps of install LED strips and make your room very beautiful. http://www.lightingever.com/blog/

leona912: http://www.lightingever.com/blog/

Why should those be better? I cannot really see the strip itself, but the controller looks exactly like the cheapest China crap you get everywhere.

I strongly recommend the Lighting Ever LED strips

...because I share an IP address with them?

Paul__B: By the way - you may be an IT professional, but how do you know on which day your son will be born?

That is the baby's due date. Sorry didn't think anyone would take it so literal.

Anyways THANKS for all the ideas guys I will be reading up now.