I'm super new to Arduino, and I wanted to start with a simple(ish) LED strip project. Not very good at coding as well, one of the reasons why I wanted to start the project.
I have a couple of bar shelves as per the render and the idea was to have (2) sequences of LED strips on the bottom of each shelf that run the same code, illuminating though a light diffusing piece of acrylic. The idea was to control both these runs with the same Arduino Uno and change the lighting commands through my phone.
Each run is made of (75) LED's of a RGBW 5volt SK6812 strips, therefore I was looking to use Neopixel for this one.
Here's the stuff that I already bought and sought to use on this project:
- 5 meters of RGBW 5v SK6812 strips, 30 LED/m density
- 110-5V, 10A AC/DC power supply
- Arduino Uno (ATmega328P, ZX0910, Tenstar Robot/ ZX, most likely a China clone)
- A bunch of jumper cables (male-male)
Here are the issues I'm facing at the moment
Can't seem to find a way to control the Arduino Uno with a phone without adding a Bluetooth dongle or a Node MCU into the mix. Ideally I'd like to use the Arduino Uno as the only necessary tool for control, and maybe down the line I'd add a Raspberry Pi into the mix to have Google Assistant or Apple Homekit capabilities as well. However, if there is no other way I suppose I can buy another controlling board, let me know what you think. Tried using the Blynk app, however can't seem to get any connection with their servers when running the cmd code. Keep getting error #10060 [unable to connect to cloud].
With the way the shelving structure is set up, I needed to run two separate combos of 3 wires, (power, ground and data), I wanted to know how to program the Neopixel to have both shelves always doing the exact same thing, not sure if it is ok to split the same data pin output into two separate runs.
I appreciate in advance for any help!
I also apologize in advance for any frustration I may cause due to my lack of experience. Thought I could get through this easily with some YT and Google tutorials but it's way more complex than originally estimated.