March 19, 2013

Hacking children's night lights with RGB LEDs

 German enthusiast Hendrik received one of our RGBLED modules in a competition a while back and turned it to good use without much effort at all. After buying a night light for his child, it occurred to him that the RGBLED module could offer a much more interesting colour combination. Thus Hendrik made a compact controller for the module based around the Microchip PIC12F1822. Furthermore the user can select between the new RGB and the existing whilte LEDs in the lamp for variety. 

It's a great project and also shows an example of our modules working with other development platforms. Visit Hendrik's website for more details and the schematic. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're looking to make your own colourful LED-based project, consider our Freetronics RGBLED: full colour module. It includes a bright RGB LED on the top of the board and a WS2801 constant-current, addressable, multi-channel LED driver on the back. This smart module can be daisy-chained, so you can connect a number of these together in a string and drive each of the module colours individually from your microcontroller. For more information and to order, visit the product page.

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