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Install and run xlights on a hackspace computer to control the xmas lights #1269

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goatchurchprime opened this issue Oct 3, 2019 · 2 comments

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Xlights is free software for scheduling lighting effects and synchronizing it with music. It can generate DMX and E1.31 protocols. There are E1.31 sketches for the Arduino that can control strings of neopixels.

The Xlights software even has a capture mode where it can watch a video of the lights on the wall as it controls the individual lights to identify where each pixel lies in the array. It looks like it can receive mqtt messages as controls (eg from buttons to set off a new sequence).

There are a huge number of tutorial videos.

If we did this process for the Liverbird, then issue #1193 becomes doable for normal people using a proper GUI for designing the lights and animations, especially as you can design the patterns in a preview window and replay them on your computer screen.

This tech is being deployed by a visitor who was laser cutting snowflakes for inserting lighting effects run from 8 arduinos and an Rpi (running xlights) for his xmas decorations near Speke.

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