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I know lots of people experiment with LEDs and controlling them. Depending on what you are doing, this might be a much cheaper alternative than your typical DLight or LOR board:


I used an LEDWiz to control and animate RGB LEDs on my arcade machine and had great success. I'm not sure how you would integrate it into a Christmas display off the top of my head but I'm sure someone clever could figure something out.

Considering it costs a lot less then $2/channel even with shipping, it might be worth getting one just to see what you can come up with. Have fun!


P.S. I don't work for or know people at Groovy Game Gear. I just bought some joysticks and the LEDWiz from em so no endorsement beyond the fact that their stuff worked for me in a different application.

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I'm considering buying this. Is there any sort of sequencing software avalable for this?

There is one listed on the link posted above :rolleyes:

The only issues I see are 500 ma max per channel, @ 5volts, and of course compatibilty with someone's existing software.

But.... if you wanted to a standalone animation or display element that was just cued by a single channel of LOR... possibilities!;)

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Very cool! Looks like one controller will net you 10 RGB channels. It would be nice to see something on a buss with a SD card that would store bitmaps.

If you want to form letters it would take a 5x7 grid. That would be four of these boards if you want to display one letter in red, green, blue.

Thanks for the link, I might be able to come up with a good use for it!

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