Week 13 Journal – This bit connects to that bit…

Last week I ordered an assortment of items; cables, switches, buttons, NPN transistors – most of the stuff needed to actually assemble our project, rather than just bare LED ribbons plugged into a breadboard.


Unfortunately the stuff didn’t arrive until Saturday late afternoon, so I didn’t have time to do anything over the weekend.

My next plan is to experiment with attaching the connector cables to the LED strips. I’m pretty sure the reliability of that connector will be the weak point of the setup, with the solder coming right off of the ribbon. I plan to try with just play solder, solder + heat shrink, and solder + epoxy glue + heat shrink.


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3 Responses to Week 13 Journal – This bit connects to that bit…

  1. Frank Mason says:

    You know, I think you guys are gonna have a pretty snazzy suit come next Halloween (or maybe this christmas, just to be festive). But I would really like to know, what kind of LED Lights are you guys using for your suit?

  2. Yes, a particular yearly dance party I go to (yes, I dance. Not WELL, but I do it…) was the inspiration for this idea, as it’s full of burners who really like their LEDs.

    The particular LED strips we’re using are from the NeoPixel family from Adafruit – http://www.adafruit.com/category/37_168.
    The exact strips are these: http://www.adafruit.com/products/1138

    That said, now that I know these LED strips exist, I’m seeing variations of them EVERYWHERE. I even saw some at RadioShack tonight.

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