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LED Lighting

Over the winter period I have a blaster build in mind, it will be my first integration and will allow me more space internally than the Stryfe builds I usually do. This means I should have the space to add some lighting, which excites me. Smile

Ideally I want the lighting controlled via a Raspberry Pi Zero. I know the basics for this from when I added a Pi to my Hyperfire and had a couple of indicator LED's, so that doesn't really worry me too much.

What I'm not sure about is the lights themselves as I don't just want an LED here or there, I want some kind of led strip light or collection of lights. Looking at Hobby King there seems to be a number of lighting systems and things for model planes etc that seem quite interesting.

Has anyone any experience with adding lighting to a blaster and have any tips or things to bear in mind/avoid specially in relation to the above lighting section on Hobby King?

Do you have more information on what you're trying to achieve? 'Make it glowy' is a pretty broad definition, it'd help to narrow things down. You can do some pretty stunning things if you know what you want.

I'm currently working on a series of LED body kits with programmable RGB LEDs based on the Arduino platform. I would say that the Pi Zero is overkill for what you're looking at doing. Any ATmega328 board or even as small as an ATTiny85 would be enough to get lots of light effects without using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

There are literally thousands of options for you here. It all depends on how much you want to spend and what you want to achieve.

Unless you want something very specific in terms of flashy stuff, there are ready made solutions that can be adapted to suit your needs.

I'm not really sure exactly what I'm after yet, I was just wondering if anyone knew of anything to definitely avoid or that they recommended really so I don't make an obvious mistake. I like the idea of a strip of lights down the side coming on when revving up the motors or I've seen that E-wire stuff which seems interesting.

With regards to the Pi Zero, its a case of going with what I have (some) experience with, as well as the fact that I'm probably going to be adding a camera to the blaster and a scrolling text display both running from the Pi which will be running off a 2S lipo.

UKNerfWar wrote:
there are ready made solutions that can be adapted to suit your needs.

Now this interests me, ready made or kits are more in line with my abilities.,


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If you're putting a camera in then, sure, the Pi is the right choice. With all that GPU and RAM, it's built for that sort of thing. LED effects and a screen would be like asking a LiPo to power a single 20mA LED on top of 3 Hellcats. Very Happy

E-wire, E-tape and E-panels are a pain in the arse to control because they use AC current to drive the luminescence so for a DC source voltage, it can be challenging to do anything other than just turn things on and off. There are break out boards out there to allow you to do things if you're curious. The alternative to that is LED effects but as UKNW points out, there's probably a ready made solution that'll do what you want it to do.

Without more information I can't make any further recommendations. The Pi ecosystem is widely support so you're in good company when it comes to coding and effects libraries.

Thank for the info re: E-Wire, I'll scratch that off the list. I'll spend some time looking into the ready made solutions and see whats available out there.

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