@Steve: I loved watching the video...great job!! You made me tempted to do something similar for upcoming "Deepawali" (festival of lights) celebrated in India sometime in November. What is the total power drawn by the entire system: lights & controls? And by the way...I think you forgot to introduce your "project manager" who appeared in your video for a short moment. :-) Would look forward your updates.
Thank you for the information! Also, good to know about Cybil. Actually I also have cats in our house. Hope Cybil was not in playful mood while you were fixing those panels & wires...otherwise it would have added more challenges (but more fun) to your work. :)
@Steve, Yes in India we have very big festival of lights around October and every household is decorated with lights. Every year we use LED lights bought from the shop, it will be great to build something on your own and then you can keep getting better year after year. How do we get started?
@Sanjib: Hope Cybil was not in playful mood while you were fixing those panels & wires...
My wife has two cats -- Coco (a.k.a. Coconut) nut and Drummer (a.k.a. Harrogate) -- as soon as I get my soldering iron out and layout my components and wires and suchlike, they both bounce up on the table to see what's going on -- grrrrr
@Sheetal: Every year we use LED lights bought from the shop, it will be great to build something on your own and then you can keep getting better year after year. How do we get started?
The NeoPixels strips from Adafruit that Steve is using are great -- you buy them by the meter and they come in a waterproof plastic sleve so you can use them outside. You can get them with 30, 60, or 144 pixels per meter -- I'd probably stick with the 30 pixels per meter for what you are doing.
The really great thing is that you can control multiple meeters using a single pin on an Arduino -- and you can have multiple strips each using its own pin.
The Arduino is an reasonably priced open source device with a tone of support. They are relatively easy to program using the dedicated and free Integrated Development Environment and can be used on a PC, Mac or Linux.