[Trilug-ontopic] need to program a series of LED lights

Greg Brown gwbrown1 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 11 11:40:42 EST 2008

The initial project would be very small.  Perhaps four strands of 10 LEDs
each lighting up a mini gazebo in the center of town.

I'm not tied to any hardware specifically.  A small embedded system seemed
to make sense just because it was, well, small.

I'm not proficient in many languages (except PERL) so I'm using this as an
excuse to learn something new.  I've done "hello world" in a wide assortment
of languages but not much else.

The gazebo is going to be fairly small.  10 inches high or thereabouts.


On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 11:33 AM, Rodney Radford <rradford at mindspring.com>wrote:

> How many total LEDs, and how many individual LED circuits?
> Are you tied to a specific Linux box?
> What languages are you proficient in?
> How big is the layout?
> The answers to the above questions will help narrow down some
> recommendations...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Greg Brown
> Sent: Dec 11, 2008 11:14 AM
> To: Technical discussion related to Linux and Open Source
> Subject: [Trilug-ontopic] need to program a series of LED lights
> Using an embedded Linux box I'd like program a string of tri-state LED
> lights.  I'd like to synchronize the lights to music (this is for a
> miniature town a friend is building for God only knows why).
> I have *NO IDEA* how to go forward with this and I further have no idea how
> the embedded computer would interface with the lights to turn them
> on/off/colors.
> Has anybody done anything like this?  What did you do and how did you do
> it?  Did you look the LEDs up to a serial port and set pin voltages?  What
> language did you use?  C?  Java?
> Any pointers would be greatly appreaciated.
> Greg
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