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Stair lighting
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Stair lighting

by billjtisch on Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:34 pm

Hello all. I’m looking for help in building a motion activated tape light for my stairs. I’ve seen it done on YouTube and have no idea how to do it myself. Below is a link to the video I watched that I want to recreate. I am looking for a list of products I need to purchase to complete this project. I am an electrician so installing won’t be a problem for me, I’m just not a tech savvy person. Thank you..

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NHkju5ncC4A

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Re: Stair lighting

by franklin97355 on Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:19 pm

Let's see, you would want several ultrasonic sensors (4007)
Dotstar, cool white, 30 or 60 pixels per meter (2432)
Some Itsy-Bitsy RP2040 (4888)
and, of course power and wire. That should get you going.

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Re: Stair lighting

by billjtisch on Sun Sep 19, 2021 7:18 pm

Thank you for the help. Do I need an Arduino or any other hardware to make this work? For example, something to speed up or slow down the flow of light? I know basically nothing about this kind of thing so as much input as you have would be great. Thank you.

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Re: Stair lighting

by franklin97355 on Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:12 pm

The Itsy-Bitsy is an Adafruit board that is a microprocessor similar to the Arduino but smaller and more powerful. you should look at the product description but I don't think, for this project, you need a very powerful micro.

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