TL:DR, I hired someone on Fiverr to help with this, after two weeks of back and forth he has gone the way of all the earth and now I’m stuck.
I’ve made my first mutant vehicle, the Nightstick. Imagine an 8’ long Mag-Lite being ridden around the playa by 3 or four adults straddling the body The front reflector design is finished, low beam will be about 300 lumens, high beam will be, well, a lot more, like 25,000 lumens more.
What I need help with is the nighttime conspicuity. Ideally, it would work out like this. The scheme would include 4 strips of leds, 1 in front, 2 in middle that will have the same pattern (one on either side of the body), and 1 in the rear. I’d need to be able to treat them as 3 zones (front, middle, rear), and be able to run them independently. The end goal is to have 3 different “riding” modes.
Mode 1, off, everything is off.
Mode 2, riding, front is solid white, middle is some sort of fading pattern moving towards the rear (so it adds to the effect that we are moving), and rear is red/orange fade between the two (think funky brake light).
Mode 3, party, front/middle/rear all doing some rainbow fade patterns.
I’d want to be able to toggle between the three Modes using a 3 position switch. Currently I have a three position switch on the handlebars that controls the headlight (running halo, low-beam, high-beam) and could easily repurpose that 12v signal to toggle between riding modes (the stock headlight will not be used). I just dont know how to interface between the pixelblaze and that three position switch as a trigger for the different modes. Thoughts?
-Can I use a 12v three position switch to toggle between some preset patterns? If so, which controller/s do I need?
-Any recommendation between WS2811-WS2815 strips? They all seem to be available on Amazon. I’ll probably get something IP rated for water. Do they need to be 5v to work with the PixelBlaze or can I go 12v?
-Are any of the PB boards 12v compatible? I know I can convert to 5v, but would prefer to keep the whole thing 12v.
Really hoping Ben sees my email before shipping time tomorrow so I can get something overnighted. Heading out Wednesday morning to build camp!