I am currently designing a compact portable led beam system and would have liked to have your input regarding what boards and accessoires you would recommend in order for it to perform properly.
The goal of my project is to control an array of eight high power RGB LED's (the likes of Cree Mc-E's), seven of which are mounted in series under a focusing lens and sitting on a 90mm/3.5 inch round plate, said LED's would then be operated by a control box (wired to the Led's through a 2m/6.5 ft cable) which includes one of the following LED's as a color indicator and with which I could adjust the light's color/output and other settings described bellow.
The controller's casing should be big enough to fit both the Arduino, pcb, buttons/fader and eventually a rechargeable battery that would power the electronics and the lights (however if it proves to be too much of a hassle the battery could be external)
Arduino did seem to be the way to go since this is a rather compact standalone unit that did not require DMX connectivity.
The drawing included in this post should give you a better understanding of what I'm currently looking for.
Regarding the attached drawing :
1 = Hue selection (rotary switch) scrolls between the different colors of the rgb spectrum
2 = Strobe (push button / mechanical switch)
3 = Breathing effect (push button / mechanical switch) triggers a fade in / fade out loop
4 = Blackout (push button / mechanical switch) temporarily switches off the LED lights
5 = Power output (digital fader)
6 = Led color indicator shows a sample of the LED unit color/effects on the controller
7 = On/Off switch
8 = Led cabling connecting the controller to the LED unit
9 = Auxilary power input connecting the controller/LED's to an optional power supply
not included in the drawing, the USB in. The Power switch / strobe / blackout and breathing effect buttons also have dedicated light up indicators when switched on
Thank you for your input, all your recommendations are welcome.