We fail more often because we solve the wrong problem than because we get the wrong solution to the right problem.
– Russell Ackoff
Here is a sample video of the PX1 controlling 50 WS2811 Pixels. I am working on getting the other one working. I think that I fried the RS485 chips when I accidentally hooked it up backwards. When I get that one going, I will be able to control 400 pixels. These will be on a Mega Tree on the left side of my yard.
Here is a video of one of my first test sequences on this controller. I am using Vixen 3, and it is pretty awesome so far. There is still a learning curve for me though. I need to start programming sequences so that I have some ready for the Christmas season. I am planning this way earlier than I normally would.
Since I have worked on my Christmas Lights this past week, here is another picture of a board that I just got done building. This one took a lot of testing, since I had never soldered anything of this size before. I wanted to make sure that everything was working correctly before I installed the PICs.
Last night, I built my first Christmas light controller. I am not an experienced person with solder, but it really wasn’t that bad. I built a Renard PX1. I am using two of these to control a pixel mega tree that will be in the front yard. I still have lots of work to do, but it is pretty cool playing around with all these little electronic components.