[Lab] how to control several RGB LEDs with Arduino

Darcy Whyte darcy at inventorArtist.com
Fri Aug 1 10:51:28 EDT 2014

That is the one I have...


Darcy Whyte

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On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM, <jslei033 at uottawa.ca> wrote:

>  My prefered chip is the TLC5940: it cam be daisy chained, you can vary
> each pin's brightness, and it controls 16 outputs at once. You can also use
> the WS2801 family of chips (some control one LED per chip, some control
> many LED per chip).
> You're on the right path, thinking of pwm extenders.
> The ws family is cheaper but the tlc are more heavy duty.
> On 14-08-01 8:59 Olaf Baumann wrote:
> Hey Lab,
> I got some RGB LEDS to play with but when I count the number of pins I
> need, it doesn't look like I can drive very many.
> The UNO has six PWM output pins and each RGB LED needs three.  As the
> saying goes, twos company, but I want a crowd!
> With regular LEDs, I used cascading shift registers to allow me to control
> 24 of them.  A great success in my temporarily blinded eyes.
> Is there an analog analogue to the digital shift register?  It seems that
> PWM is a hack for a voltage level, would a steady voltage be better?  SPI
> or I2C would be bonus--maybe I could use an ATtiny85.
> thanks,
> Olaf
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