Hello everyone, if this isnt in the right section, please tell me and ill try to move/post to the right section.
So, I have a project in mind for my car that I have been seeing a lot in the webz, and that's multicolored lights/effect in the head/taillights of cars. But that's all pretty and fun but its expensive to buy for each individual corner of the car. Ill leave an example: like this, or like this That's basically ws2812b led strips behind the original plastics (or at least that's want I want) with a controll unit.
My idea is similar to that, but not that fancy, my car is a simple 1999 audi a3 (not that specific one).
So for what I have been investigating, I know its possible do something cheap and reliable (that's the goal) with Arduino, FastLed library and some WS2812b LED's.
My idea is mounting some of that led strip inside the headlight casing under this piece of chrome plastic, that has like 1cm of spacing to the rest of the chrome pieces.
I want to get those led strips to light up in various colors with the fastled library for like 5 seconds, and after that stay light up in white for use as daytime running lights. (because im tired of replacing cheap led lights on the presence lights, that after some weeks/months of constant use start to flicker due to being cheap/the heat from the xenon headlights.) Also when turning the car off, I would like to get that fastled library kicking in for 5 sec, buts thats not important if its too much hassle.
I would like to do, if its even possible, to also control and change those lights and effects remotely (android app/remote controll...) so no need to remove the control unit and can showoff some when parked.
Now, Im ok with soldering wires and that stuff, but programming I can follow instructions and modify to some degree.
Resuming: -Turn on the car, get that light effect for some time -After light show is done, every led stays light up in white to use as daytime running lights. -Possible remote control (or wired to somewhere inside the car) to change light effects or to solid light (when parked) -If possible, use only one control box for both headlights to get everything in sync. -Car runs on 12v dc, I can get switched power (preferably) so the control box only gets power with key in ignition. -It would be a big plus to get some fuses along the way and a switch, so only power up the system when I want. I have got a basic schematic from another place if this is any help to get me started
From what I understood until now, I will need: Arduino uno, the ws2812B leds ofc, 12v to 5v converter?, Bluetooth module if I can get an app to work with the fastled effects, some wire (anything specific?),lots of patience and most important, being cost effective. Also this is a daily car.
So if you guys can guide me and give some advice on what I need, what fits best and where to solder stuff where, programming what and how..., that would be immensely appreciated.
Any question or any info needed please ask and ill do me best to provide clearly, so you guys can help me out.