Hello to all,
I'm a complete noob to arduino and haven't coded since BASIC was popular. Thus, I know 0 C++. But I'm a prop building junkie and love trying new things. I have a project I'm working on and could really use some advice. I'm building a room to look like the Beyers living room from Stranger things. I want to string multiple sets of christmas lights across the room, but want to able to turn whole strings on and off and make them fade and blink (not the alphabet thing, I already made that). This is literally just turning strings of christmas lights on an off. I built a rig to plug everything into. So, he's the set up:
1 Arduino Mega driving
2 8 channel 5V relays (so, 16 channels)
For which I have 16 channels of power to plug light strings into.
I used a youtube video to figure out how to build the power rig, but it relies upon keeping my computer plugged in to the rig at all times so the I can run something called VIXEN to control the lights. I can't do this because I'll need to use my computer for other things. So. . .
I have no idea where to start on code. I've been trying to learn some C++ through books, but they just keep teaching me how to do math. If I want to control the relays to turn light strings on and off, especially multiple channels at once, where do I start?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.