I have been working on making a reactive led light setup for inside my luminaire I am making in digital fabrication class. The goal is to have reactions based off of a proximity or light sensor that mimic a bioluminescent deep sea creature. I have four main challenges.
- physically connecting all of the lights
- getting the code to be able to call a particular light down the strip as well as change the colors
- getting the sensor that I end up going with to work how I want it to to make the light go off how it should
- getting the electronics nestled inside the light so that they are hidden and structurally attached to the frame of the light
For the code I will be using arduino entirely. For hardware I have one redboard, assorted wires and resistors, two 12A RGB LED strips of five feet each, one proximity sensor, one light sensor, frosted clear mylar, copper mylar, fiber optic cables, a patina’d copper pipe and copper wire for the structure. the only hardware component I dont have figured out is my power requirements.
I will run two commands in arduino with an if/then statement. One will run a simple pattern of one light turning off at a time down the line, possibly while slowly changing colors. The second will run in the sensor is activated, with a quicker movement of lights to imitate a sea creature noticing some prey.
Minimum Goal: turn on many lights. such pretty. much blue.
Stretch goal: have many commands that react based off of different proximities or light levels.