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.
I had some time this past weekend to work on one of the props bothering me a little. The new frame did what I wanted. After reaching a stopping point, I noticed something really bad.
Message to new subscribers and completed setup. Complete walkthru and some prop construction details.
Keith’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf7uLhUObAk
My beginner playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFyrAfJ-kKd4ZfPdXWIt8v_bav61mW_KW
My online course for RGB Pixel beginners: https://bit.ly/2NgNJFm (designed to bring someone up to speed quickly – you won’t need to take this course if you’ve seen all my videos)
Amazon Links: https://amzn.to/2PJoNY5
Started setting up the display this week because I have a lot to do (new stuff) and weather may not be great as we get closer to Thanksgiving. I didn’t make a ton of progress, but am set up for the weekend work.
Finishing up preps on the sticks, I encountered a perfect power injection example. I also created a cable snake for the line from the controller to the first pixel.
I’ve been working on an online course for RGB pixels and it’s finally out! Here’s what it’s about and why I did it.
The course is hosted on Udemy. http://bit.ly/udemy-basics-coupon
The course is designed to take someone new to pixels through everything they need to know to get a show up and running. It covers both hardware and software. There’s even a section on sequencing using xLights that even people running shows might want to check out. If you take the course and like it, please leave a good review with a couple of sentences about how it helped you or why you liked it. Reviews really help a new course get noticed. If you see something that needs changing, please let me know that too.
Pixelsticks are small, WiFi RGB Pixel controllers. YOU MUST FLASH THEM YOURSELF TO USE THEM. There are two ways to flash or program a Pixelstick. This video covers using the java tool (TLDR) as well as flashing from the Arduino IDE.
Renard Plus ESP WiFi Pixel Controller Kit: http://renard-shop.com/home/37-es-wifi-pixel-controller.html
Arduino IDE: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
Board Manager Link: http://arduino.esp8266.com/stable/package_esp8266com_index.json
ESPixelStick GitHub Repo: https://github.com/forkineye/ESPixelStick
Amazon Links: https://wp.me/P3deDh-fN
Here’s the basics for getting started using RGB Pixels for your light display.
Falcon Pixel Controllers: www.pixelcontroller.com
SanDevices Pixel Controllers: sandevices.com
Falcon Player Software: falconchristmas.com/wiki/Falcon_FPP
xLights sequencing software: xlights.org
Lighting 101 Manual: bit.ly/2FpyHMq
Christmas Expo: www.christmasexpo.com
Keith’s YouTube channel: bit.ly/2tjYhNM
Amazon Affiliate Links:
Raspberry Pi 3 (board only) amzn.to/2jtVXvt
Raspberry Pi 3 (full starter kit) amzn.to/2Ad7oli
MeanWell 12V Power Supply amzn.to/2kaWnLC
Non-MeanWell 12V Power Supply amzn.to/2oI2p5K
I finally put these things together, but I have no idea what to call them other than “sticks.” They look kinda cool and I need more verticals in the display.
DMX moving head lights are gaining popularity in lighting displays. We can automate them in xLights and run them from a Falcon F16V3. They’re also a lot of fun!