Animation has always been a form of entertainment. It is technically present in almost anygadget like tablets, mobile phones, laptops and the like, as it can be made, edited, and customized to fit the user’s needs and preferences. Animation breaks the ice and it stops boring moments at work even for just a few minutes. Today, even LED displays can be animated as it can be made to move to any tune. Isn’t it exciting to watch your LED display sway and groove to the music?
Building a LED display that sways with the music can be a daunting task. You need to be careful with the process to connect the right parts and to achieve the right results. Here are the materials that you need to secure for the project: large breadboard, 2 TIP 31c transistors, 8 cheap yet efficient LED’s of your preferred colors from bailedlights.com, plain photo frames (should be bigger than the breadboard for the latter to fit within its inner edges), a female audio jack, insulating tape, soldering equipment, solder, a power adapter or an unused mobile phone charger, tin foil, and audio splitter and male to male cord. You can also prepare screws, power drill, drill bit, hot glue gun and glue and multi-meter in case you will need these while in progress.
First, stack on the frames and breadboard very well in a way that the edges are neatly aligned since this will serve as the covering for the light circuit. Now, work on your adapter by cutting off its plug and start twisting the wires while keeping in mind which wire is positive and negative. Solder the wires to get these into place and so it can be used to plug into the breadboard. After which, create a simple circuit on the breadboard with LED’s arranged neatly around the ends of the board. Test the circuit first before making final arrangements of the LED lights to avoid doing the task again. Make sure that the positive and negative signs of the wires are in correct placements. You can also ask for help in making a simple circuit if your circuit constantly fails.
Cut a tinfoil in accordance to the frame’s shape and place it in the middle of two picture frames with the board on top of it. You can also add oomph to the display by incorporating light gels or plastic packaging materials in between the frames as these can enhance the glow of the LED’s. Make sure that all frames are glued to each other in this step and that the LED lights are working. If everything is good to go, make holes on the lower part of the frames and insert the cords. You now have dancing lights for an upcoming house party without hurting your budget!