These are pics of the new LED lights I put on my house. They are GE Color Effects LED strings that I've hacked by removing
the controller and replacing it with an Atmel ATmega168A microprocessor. The controller rotates each look every 10 minutes. (so 80 minutes to see all of them) They are showing Halloween colors right now but will be switching to Christmas colors Nov 1. ...And I need to add more strings of course!
I had originally wanted to add my own controller to each string that would enable them for DMX control. I have a working controller to do just that but the cost of the lighting software/DMX hardware kept it out of reach this year. But just wait until next... :-) There are some really cool strings out of China as well that use the 5050 full-color LEDs with the integrated WS8212 controller chips. I have my eyes on some of those for the shrubs and trees in the front yard.
Finally, huge props to Robert Quattlebaum (darco) for hacking the GE Color Effects lights a few years ago and publishing the details. His work inspired this project and I certainly couldn't have gotten anywhere near this point without his contributions to the community! #hardwarehacking #makermovement