Care and Feeding

The NeoPixel curtain works best as a wall decoration or for infrequent doorway use; it probably won’t hold up to “main entrance” traffic.

Although NeoPixel strips are flexible, they don’t like harsh or repeated bending. Care should be taken to avoid strong pulling, or pinching underfoot or in closing doors.

If you do lose a strip, have replacements ready. You may be able to repair the damaged strip later, but it’s hard to do in the field. Also have a supply of fuses compatible with your power system…I put several in a Ziploc baggie, pinned inside the box so they’re never misplaced.

Occasionally wipe the strips down with a damp washcloth to remove any dust, so they slide over things more easily. Also periodically blow out the power supply; don’t let dust bunnies accumulate.

Remember to shut the system down correctly before pulling power, otherwise you may corrupt the SD card. You may want to make a backup image just in case.
This guide was first published on Aug 11, 2014. It was last updated on Nov 14, 2018. This page (Care and Feeding) was last updated on May 04, 2015.