In this lesson, you will learn how to use a RGB (Red Green Blue) LED with an Arduino.

You will use the analogWrite function of Arduino to control the color of the LED.

At first glance, RGB (Red, Green, Blue) LEDs look just like regular LEDs, however, inside the usual LED package, there are actually three LEDs, one red, one green and yes, one blue. By controlling the brightness of each of the individual LEDs you can mix pretty much any color you want.

We mix colors just like you would mix audio with a 'mixing board' or paint on a palette - by adjusting the brightness of each of the three LEDs. The hard way to do this would  be to use different value resistors (or variable resistors) as we played with in lesson 2. That's a lot of work! Fortunately for us, the Arduino has an analogWrite function that you can use with pins marked with a ~ to output a variable amount of power to the appropriate LEDs.
Last updated on May 04, 2015 Published on Nov 30, 2012