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A hackable, Arduino-Based LED Strip Driver
With LED technology and DIY Electronics being more available to everyone with each passing year, we want to create a simple, sleek, and low-cost solution to control LEDs and Addressable LED Strips. Furthermore, unlike other LED controllers, we want to create a solution that allows users to create their own patterns and effects.
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A widely-used processor commonly used on the Arduino UNO, Nano, and Pro Mini. This chip is optimized for hobbyists and students due to its low cost and large user-community.
FT232 USB to Serial Converter
Glo contains an official FTDI USB-UART IC commonly found on the Arduino UNO and Nano. Allows for plug and play use and prevents communication errors caused by non-official chips.
Pinouts and Io
LED Channel 1 (D6)
LED Channel 4 (D9)
LED Channel 2 (D7)
LED Channel 3 (D8)
Buttons (Wired to D4 & D5)
Hall Effect Sensor (Wired to D3)
ICSP Port (to burn bootloader)
Important Connection Information
DO NOT connect Glo's USB power port and its Power Terminal to a voltage source at the same time. This may damage the controller as well as both power supplies.
Glo has a feature in which it can be programmed while power is supplied through its USB power port or Power Terminal. This allows you to test LED patterns without having to unplug your power source.
If you are powering Glo via the Power Terminal (2 pin green connector) when programming the device, connect your computer's USB cable to the PROGRAM PORT ONLY
Connecting your computer's USB to the power port will result in a dual voltage source and could damage your computer's USB port, as well as the controller.
All ports and their pinouts have been marked on the underside of the PCB.
Please connect your LED strips and power supplies based on the pinouts given on the underside of the board. Incorrect wiring may lead to LED damage or failure.
How do I connect Glo to an LED strip?
To connect an LED strip to Glo's LED channels, follow the pinout marked on the bottom of the board.
How do I upload code?
To upload code to Glo:
Whats included in my Glo order?
Glo will ship with the number of Glo units you back. Glo does not ship with LED strips or USB cables.
Glo is not recognized by my computer! What do I do?
2) Make sure that the USB cable is connected to Glo's Program Port and not its Power port (only Program Port has a USB interface). Sidenote: Sometimes USB 3.0 ports have trouble communicating to Arduinos, so avoid them if possible.
How to fix flickering LEDs/glitchy patterns?
Often this issue has three root causes: