March 29, 2013 AT 8:00 am

Powering an analog RGB LED Strip with the Pi #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

LED Strip bb

Jeremy Smith shared his RGB LED Driver project with us, a means of powering an RGB LED strip using a Pi, one of our 16-channel 12-bit PWM/Servo Drivers, and some mosfets:

The code lets you fade between colors or walk randomly between max and min values for some nice environmental effects.

From the Github page for the RGB_LED_DRIVER project:

RGB_LED_Driver

This software can be used to drive an analog RGB LED strip using a raspberry pi and adafruit’s 16-channel 12-bit PWM/Servo Driver – PCA9685: http://www.adafruit.com/products/815

The Circuit:

Here’s the basic idea:

  • Hook up the pi to the PCA9685 breakout board using the I2C connections.
  • Connect the pi’s 3.3V output to VCC on the PCA9685 breakout board. Leave V+ floating.
  • Follow this tutorial for the RGB LED strips: http://learn.adafruit.com/rgb-led-strips/usage
    • I used the N-channel MOSFETs – three of them, one for each channel
    • Connect the +12V from the LED strip to an external power supply (do NOT use your pi for this!)
    • Connect the ground side of the power supply to the pi ground
    • Instead of using the PWM outputs from the arduino, we’ll use the PWM outputs from the PCA9685.
    • Connect up the PWM output 0 to the MOSFET with the red wire from the LED strip.
      Output 1 goes to green, output 2 goes to blue.

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