hpr3123 :: Arduino controlled Christmas lights
Controlling Christmas LED lights with an Arduino
Hosted by Archer72 on Wednesday 2020-07-22 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Arduino, Christmas, lights, Solid state relays.
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Part of the series: Arduino and related devices
In this series various contributors talk about how to use and program Arduino single-board microcontrollers and related devices.
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Inspired by an Instructable project
Started the project with Arduino Uno.
- Found that power it with the barrel plug made audio input stable
- Tested this theory by using USB power
- Suspect this was due to grounding not being as good with the USB
- This caused LED's to light even without an audio input
- Ended up using an generic Arduino Nano to control the project
Modified an audio mic preamplifier from Amazon to condition the output from the laptop music source
Ran the output from this to A0 on the Arduino
Split the signal out to an external speaker
Used digital outputs listed in the sketch to power the LED indicators
- For reference, a sketch is the program that the Arduino runs through a loop.
Used pins 10 to 12 as AnalogWrite pin to provide the power to the solid state relays.
Used a dremel to separate the power to the hot side of the two power outlets
- Used three of the outlets to power three strings of Christmas tree LED lights.
- Used the other outlet to power the Arduino
- Using these particular solid state relays, there is still a 10Vac output in off state. It actually worked for good, as the lights are at a nice brightness without a music input.
- Kindly leave a note in the comments if this is common to Solid State relays.
GY-MAX4466 Electret Microphone Amplifier
Solid State relay on Ebay
ELEGOO for Arduino Nano V3.0
Sound Reactive Christmas lights on Archive.org
Here is the song I meant to add, to see if it matches my video of the lights.
It is the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Carol of the Bells.
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