LED light effects without using nay arduino boards and writing programs? For a lot of people it is unimaginable. But there are ways how to do that.
1) 4 pin RGB LED light strip with remote control and USB
There are actually 2 ways I know of, one more known – when you use 4-pinned RGB (red-green-blue – able to create any color of your choice) lights with a remote control and USB charging (from a powerbank for example)
It is very easy to use and assemble (there’s usually no need of soldering) and a lot of cosplayers use that instead of Arduino programming.
The light effects depend on the controler you use, but most of the remotes can:
- shine in cca 15 preset colors
- flash in one color in 2 speeds (flash, strobe)
- fade from color to color in 2 different setups (fade, smooth)
- adjust brightness of the lights
You can buy a set for example HERE.
2) 2 pin one color LED light strip with control board
This option is not really known to a lot of people, but I use it everytime I need a nice light effect in a single color. I’ve used it in my guitar for Johnny Silverhand (red color) and I’m using it in my Permafrost pickaxe for my Valkyrie Fortnite cosplay too (cold white color).
- 12V 2 pin LED lights strip non waterproof in the color you need (they are the cheapest LED light strips available)
- 9V battery conector (because 9V battery is actually enough to power the LED strip while being cheap and available)
- a simple 3 keys controller
- a simple 3 pin mini switch
- heatgun, soldering iron, soldering tin, wire stripper, (spare wires, heat-shrink tubing, soldering acid that helps connect tin to wires)
This is the scheme of how to connect the whole circuit:
The light effects you achieve with most of the 3 keys controllers:
- steady shine in one color
- flash in one color in 3 speeds (flash, strobe that you can speed up and down in cca 25 different speed adjustments)
- pulse effect into black/completely dimmed (in cca 8 speeds)
- pulse effect into half dimmed (in cca 8 speeds)
- adjust brightness of the lights ( in 8 different dimmer setups)
See the light effects in this video:
The same kind of effect was installed also in the guitar for my cosplay of Johnny Silverhand from Cyberpunk 2077:
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Published: 26.12.19 14:29, Pacific Standard Time