Pinball Underlights Early

September 24, 2017

I've been trying to spice up my new BOP (Bride of Pinbot)pinball machine. I've been goofing with an Arduino driving WS2812B Individually Addressable LEDs. 

Through some great samples on the FastLED pages, I have palettes working. On another example, I have some back and forth KITT-style stuff. I'd like to get some help incorporating both, and some lightning effects.

 

Here's Version 1. It has back to front fades, and a KITT-style back and forth for the hell of it.

 


Here's a video of Version 1.5 in action. It's in portrait orientation, so please don't bust me for an aspect ratio fail.

 

I have them underneath another playfield in the office, while I mess with them. The lights are the waterproof ones with adhesive backing. Once I am done, I will cut them into 3 sections and mount them under the machine with the power supply. 

 

I am not smart enough to combine these programs. I hacked examples from GitHub's FastLED people to get this far. I would like to combine fades, palettes, and front to back animations.

If you want to make this, here's the shopping list on Amazon.com. I'll post the code, once it's not so damn embarassing.

 

You need an Arduino (a real one. You can find them on eBay for $7.00)

 

You need some LEDs For underlights, I like the finished look of the waterproof ones. 

 

You'll need 3 Breadboard Jumpers 
 

You need a power supply.

 

I like to have a case.

 

You'll need some wire, a cannibalized power cord, some soldering stuff. 

 

Then, you get some software for the Arduino.

And the FastLED library
 

 

 

 

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