The baseline is, I’m looking to add LED strips to our robot, just to add a bit of flair for showcasing at my school. Multiple questions at once! Please give advice as much as you can; any experience is welcome.
1- Which company and product of LED strips do you buy from?
2- How do you wire and program the lights?
Looking around, I see most people power the LEDs off the the 12V VRM in some fashion, but the LEDs I was looking at required 5 Amps, and the VRM provides only 0.5 A and 2 A. I’m looking for an RGB-W type strip, with color changing abilities. I’m just interested in what the larger community has used before.
About the programming aspect of things, I’m thinking of two ways to do this: 1) a button that goes through a list of preset colors on the robot controller, or 2) a series of levers that each control the RGB-W LEDs on the strip. No, I’m not talking controlling each LED, but rather one lever controlling red, another controlling green, a third controlling blue. I figured one might be able to do this by wiring red and common to a PWM and code it there, but PWM outputs only 5 V, which is not half enough for a 12 V strip.
Just looking for advice! Thanks!