2010 finalists > 13 to 14 years > RGB LED Lighting Controller
RGB LED Lighting Controller
New Plymouth Boys High School
The RGB LED Lighting Controller creates fantastic displays using Red, Green, and Blue Light Emitting Diodes, which can combine to make any colour in the spectrum.
I was inspired to build this system when watching an episode of Grand Designs, a UK TV programme about extravagant building projects. A couple were building a penthouse on top of an old hotel on the waterfront. Somewhere in this expensive build was a $7000 RGB LED lighting system. As soon as I heard that price tag, I knew I could make a fully functional PICAXE-based system for a fraction of the price.
I really enjoyed bringing the project together and putting the final touches on. It was great when I turned it on and finally everything worked perfectly!
The hardest part was getting the wireless interface working reliably. As I hadn’t used wireless modules before, I needed a lot of help from the Bright Sparks community to get it set up – though in the end I was surprised by how simple the code was.
In my spare time I enjoy anything related to science, mathematics and anything electronic. I’ve been a Bright Sparks member for three years, and I’ve made some good mates over that time.