Category Archives: Pixels

🎄Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Strip (2019)🎄

RGB pixel strip looks nice, but is a little difficult to work with. Don’t recommend it for new folks. Shows how to figure out the right RGB color order. Other display updates. Oh, and I passed my exam for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate!

https://youtu.be/sM04d2GH2g0

🎄Smart Differential Receivers and F16V3 Firmware Upgrade (2019)🎄

Taking a quick look at the new Smart (chain-able) differential deceivers. Also go through a Falcon F16V3 firmware upgrade to support the new boards.

https://youtu.be/uyGo76NJ_bM

🎄Concept to Lights – End-to-End Tutorial (2019) 🎄

This is a concept to working prop, end-to-end tutorial or as they say in commercials for a popular Italian, tomato-based sauce, “It’s in there.”

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit (2GB RAM) I used in the video: https://amzn.to/2ChcVXS
SanDisk High Endurance SDCard 32GB: https://amzn.to/2PRb0kO

https://youtu.be/jU5jDOdZsfw

🎄5V RGB Pixel Power Injection & Prop Build (2019) 🎄

I built a large 4’x16′ pixel matrix using Chroma Mesh from Boscoyo and 1,024 5V pixels. I show how to model this in xLights to get the wiring plan and I built is as a single string of lights using one controller connection. This requires a lot of power injection. but it’s pretty easy to do on a matrix.

🎄P10 Panel to P5 Panel Conversion (2019)🎄

I noticed problems with the P10 panels at the end of last year and decided to upgrade to P5 panels. Simple swap of the hardware, but the software on the BeagleBone Black gave me some trouble.

🎄🌴Christmas Expo – Daytona Beach, FL (2019) 🌴🎄

The Christmas Expo Conference for 2019 was held in Daytona Beach, FL. There were a bunch of lighting-related classes, a vendor area and other opportunities for learning more about the lighting hobby. We had a blast!

https://youtu.be/UDeqyR2Pa6Q

🥧Raspberry Pi 3B3B+ USB SATA/SSD ep2 (2019) 🥧

This is a follow up to the previous Pi USB/SATA drive video answering comments and giving you an alternative to the cable. This little board is pretty cool and the kit seems well thought out.