Installation & Usage

Mount LED strips & drivers

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The LED strips have adhesive backing which is handy for mounting but could potentially damage some delicate surfaces.  If you wish to minimize adhesive contact, leave the paper backing on the strips and use pieces of double sided or gaffers tape at ~1ft intervals.

You could also simply hang them around like christmas lights - experiment to see what you like the best.

These LEDs are quite bright and looking at them directly can be a rough on the eyes.  

 

To minimize harshness, mount the LEDs around molding, behind furniture, or facing upward above eye level - this will create a pleasantly diffused and ambient effect.

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Mount the LED driver boards on the wall or somewhere close enough to connect to the LED strip's wires. Insert the wires into the driver board's terminal block and screw them into place.

 

Don't connect power to the boards just yet!

 

Final Connections

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Connect power to the Feather M0 via the USB jack or JST battery connector and connect audio to your amplifier via the MusicMaker wing's 3.5mm jack.

Insert and screw down ground & PWM wires on the Feather and connect them to the LED driver boards.

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Finally, Connect 12V power to the LED driver boards.

Use it.

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See the Pulse Sensor Amped guide for specifics on wearing the sensor.  I found attaching it to my thumb with the included velcro strips produced the most reliable, steady connection.

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The red LED on the Feather M0 will flash at every beat detected.  Once you see a relatively slow, steady flashing, you'll know you have a good connection to the pulse sensor.

Once you have a steady pulse shown on the Feather's LED, go ahead and flick the switch on the Feather and witness your pulse displayed at room scale …

Now sit and ask yourself, "Why did I do this?" and suddenly remember – art serves no practical purpose.  It's just cool.

This guide was first published on May 03, 2017. It was last updated on May 03, 2017. This page (Installation & Usage) was last updated on Sep 10, 2019.