Hello. I am trying to find the right parts and code so that I can make an aquarium led project that follows the pattern of the sun. Can anyone help me with this? I have already found this question but I don't know if they have similar solutions. Light Sensor and LED Problem - LilyPad
What specific question do you have?
I am trying to make a light system for my aquarium and I'm looking for the exact materials and code for it. I want it to follow the pattern of the sun mostly for my plants.
Ok, let me try and rephrase it: how far have you gotten on your own and where did you get stuck?
Also, playing the devil's advocate - have you looked at the commercially available options yet as well as the projects of people with similar requirement like yours? I'm not an aquarium guy, but I have come across quite a few aquarium lighting solutions and projects in my online meanderings. I'm sure you're not the first to try your hand at this.
Hi @mike_mileras !
I’m actually building a light fixture for my 200 gallon (soon to be planted) aquarium!
In short, I’m building the light fixture, controlled with an ESP32, with a website to allow user interface.
I can mimic the sun, and will be building light patterns to mimic sunrise, sunsets, and maybe a lightning storm.
I’m retrofitting an old XBOX 360 case to house all my components too.
Here is a list of my hardware:
- ESP32, with 5v power
- 300 watt power supply
- 682 SK6812 RGBW LEDs 5v 60 LEDs/m
- an old XBOX 360
- 20 awg solid core wire
- lots of solder
I have 8 rows of 85 LEDs glued to a 55” x 15” PVC sheet. This is my light fixture. I also have two LEDs installed to light up the original XBOX 360 power button.
I’ve already learned that I should have used 12v LED strips instead of 5v because voltage drop is a real pain in the arse!
My project is still in progress, but I think I could help get you on the right track. Heck, we could even contribute to the same GitHub repo.
Apparently that is one of the better uses of that device.
Hello. @grillingorilla !
My aquarium has 500lt, 132 gallons. It is planted . I haven't collected any hardware that I'll need because I was on vaccation. I don't own an xbox so I don't know where to put the other hardware. I'm also new to arduino and don't know anything about coding. I have watched so many youtube videos but I still can't understand the arduino language. It would be good if I could build it with your help.
Hi there! Lots has changed since I posted my last comment. In short, my project is complete, but I also kind of took a shortcut. You may be interested in this approach as well.
You don't need an XBOX to store your components; just any non-metal container would do just fine.
Here is a list of minimum items you'll need:
- One ESP8266 or ESP32
- Some good wire
- Your choice of RGB or RGBW Individually Addressable LED strips. I highly suggest 12v, IP67, and 60 LEDs/meter. The rest of the details will depend on your desired application and pattern.
- An assortment of 2- and 3-wire pigtail connectors (or whatever connector style you desire)
- I used 1/4" thick PVC board to adhere my LED strips to. I used Silicone Caulk to "glue" the LED strips to the board. This is entirely up to you and your design.
- 12v power supply (the exact wattage of this power supply will determine you required size.)
- Since your LED strips and power supply are 12v, you'll either need a 5v Voltage Regulator to help power your chosen ESP8266, or ESP32, or, you'll need a smaller and separate 5v power supply.
- Lastly, (I think), you'll need to use WLED. WLED is a free library that provides a phone app to assist in controlling your LEDs. WLED offers a no-code solution and provides wonderful features such as, Wifi connectivity, phone app, animations, scheduling, and many, MANY more!
Hello so can you send the layout of your project. I also wanted to see how the final project looks like. Im kinda new to arduino so i dont know anything about coding etc.
Sure. I’ll pm you a video I made that demoed the final result. Even though I had some success coding it all myself, I decided to switch and just use WLED. It is simply brilliant!! Google how to use WLED on a ESP32 or ESP8265. You may enjoy it as well.
I see have you got like a drawn sketch to see how u connected the parts?
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