I’m trying to decide how to start controlling some modified RGBW leds. I’ve controlled some using a cheap led controller but it is very limited on schedule abilities. I’m trying to decide on what my best route is going to be.
So as a baseline of requirements:
-I need 7-8 individual channels
-I plan to use PWM outputs to control MOSFETs so I have the appropriate amperage to the LEDs
-need the LEDs to gradually fade over an extended period of time instead of jumping from 1 value to another at preset times (my current setup)
The issue I’m having is how to control this efficiently/cost effectively. I have an Arduino UNO to experiment with but I’m starting from scratch with learning how to program it. Writing code is new to me, so reviewing someone else’s to see how it applies to me or how to change it for my purpose is above my skill level, though I can definitely learn. I have found this that seems like it would work but I need to look into a few things on it.
I’ve done a lot of research into the TC420 and feel pretty confident I can use 2 along with some NPN MOSFETs to control the lights and I like the graphical interface you get with PLed.
RPi is a complete unknown but I have been reading the RPiAqua thread to try to understand how it works.
Now from everyone here’s experience, does it seem like multiple TC420s will suit my needs best, or should I be looking into one of the other 2 options? Thanks for any help