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Raspberry Pi Tower Light

Python script to control a 12V LED Tower light using a Raspberry Pi. This project is using custom made circuit board to switch 12V with the GPIO's without damaging them.

Featured project in The MagPi Issue 46!

Featured in The MagPi Issue 46

The basic program will use 4 GPIO outputs to send a signal to a the made board to switch 12V. More details about the board can be found below. Ofcourse if you would like to add functionality more and/or other GPIO outputs will be used.

At the moment this project only needs to monitor a single project. In the future I will implement the option to support the monitoring of multiple projects.

If you don't need to switch 12V you can still use this project to control 3V leds with the GPIO pins.

Adafruit LED Tower (gif)


Install the Python Jenkinsapi package:

sudo apt-get install python-jenkinsapi

Clone the project in your preferred directory with:

git clone

Copy the default configuration file to config:


Edit the configuration file with your Jenkins URL, Username and Password. Set the jobs to be monitored and change the GPIO outputs if needed:

jenkinsurl = ""
username = "your-username"
password = "your-password"
jobs = ['job-name-1', 'job-name-2']
gpios = {
    'red': 18,
    'buzzer': 23,
    'yellow': 24,
    'green': 27,

Make sure to enable the setting "Wait for network on boot" in the Raspberry Pi config screen. Use sudo raspi-config to go to the settings.

Edit your rc.local file to make the script run at boot. Edit it using the command:

sudo nano /etc/rc.local

Using your cursor keys scroll to the bottom and add the following line :

python /path/to/the/script/rpi-jenkins-tower-light/ &

Reboot your Raspberry Pi:

sudo reboot

Light status

At startup of the scripts all light's and buzzer will be toggled once.

  • Solid
    • Red: Some builds have failed
    • Yellow: Some builds are unstable
    • Green: All builds passed
  • Blinking
    • Red: An error occurred (connection or authentication)
    • Yellow: One or more jobs are building

Circuit Board

The board is created with a few simple components like 220 Ohm resistors, N-Channel MOSFET's and an Adafruit Perma Proto board HAT for the Raspberry pi.

Below you will see the component layout in Fritzing. I re-created the Perma Proto HAT board so I could have an accurate as possible layout of the component. This made the transfer to the physical board a breeze! Feel free to re-use the board for other projects.


The finished circuit board attached to the Raspberry Pi zero inside of the enclosure.

End result board

The enclosure before closing everything up with all the switches on front. The white calble to the left is the micro-USB to USB with an Ethernet to USB connector plugged in.


Schematics and Fritzing files can be found in the /fritzing directory and all the images in the /images directory.

Components used

  • 4x N-Channel MOSFET (IRLB8721)
  • 4x 220 Ohm resistor
  • 4x Bullet connectors (3mm)
  • 1x Adafruit Perma Proto HAT
  • 1x Adafruit 12V LED Tower light
  • 1x On/Off switch
  • 1x DC Barrel power jack
  • 1x 12V To USB converter
  • 1x DC 12V Power adapter
  • 1x Project enclosure
  • Velcro tape
  • Heat-shrink tubing
  • 22AWG Solid copper wire
  • 26AWG Flexible wire

Planned features to add

  • [] Compatibility/new version with the Pimoroni Automation HAT/PHAT

Features to add / Todo list

  • Load settings from a config file
  • GPIO Setup in config file so no changes have to be made in the main script
  • Multiple jobs support
  • Web interface to configure the settings
  • Database logging + dashboard history

Extra information

The python script has been tested on a Raspberry Pi 3 and Zero using Raspbian Jessie 4.1.

The tower light I am using can be bought from Adafruit or other resellers that handle Adafruit products like Pimoroni where I got mine. You can probably also use other types of tower lights but be careful with operating voltages since most of the tower lights are meant for industrial applications.


Python script for a Jenkins tower light to visualise the status using Raspberry pi




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