I’m new to the Forum and Ardunio so please forgive me if I break any rules with this post, or ask stupid questions.
I’m having an in-ground pool installed in my backyard and am looking at installing some landscape lighting around the pool and landscaping. When I started looking at the different lighting kits I ran across LEDs and that brought me to Ardunio.
I like DYI projects and this opens up a lot of new possibilities. So let me list my end state and you can tell me if it’s doable with Ardunio.
Install two zones of lights
Bollards (post lights) with RGB LED’s to light up pool decking and pathways (6 or 7) wired in series
RGB LED Spotlights to light up the landscaping foliage (5 or 6) wired in series
Have the ability to program both zones with different animations and control via WiFi through an IPAD
Possibly have the ability to sync the animations to music (preferably with some type of MP3 player interface rather than a sound pickup).
I plan on breaking this project down to small objectives since I have no experience with Ardunio or programming.
My first purchase will be:
- ESP8266 ESP-12E WIFI Wireless Dev Board for Arduino IDE UNO WeMos D1
- WS2812B 5V 150-LED RGB Flexible LED Light Strip,16.4FT,White PCB,Individual Addressable LEDs
- MB-102 MB102 Solderless Breadboard + Power Supply + Jumper Cable Kits For Arduino
- 1000 uF Capacitor
- 470 Ohms Resistor
- 5V, 5A power supply
The plan is to get the lights working then the WiFi
Next will be to purchase additional controllers and lights and get them communicating, using a master slave configuration.
I found numerous youtube and other references on syncing music to lights but the all seem to use a sound pickup or microphone. Is it possible to output a digital signal from the MP3 player to the LED’s? I’m thinking the music has to be converted to some type of data that is recognizable by the light strip.
Am I way out in left field or is this doable?
Thanks for any replies.
Adding a couple of example wiring layouts.
Added a couple of wiring diagrams for hooking up 6 different strips. Series or Parallel?
Ardunio Layout.pdf (17.8 KB)
ESP8266 Layout.pdf (17.8 KB)
Parallel.pdf (17.8 KB)
Series.pdf (25.3 KB)