(Topic ID: 340839)

Faux "Neon" - Adding animation to LED neon signs

By jedimastermatt

11 months ago



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#1 11 months ago

Greetings all - I'm in the decorating phase of our game room and want to add some custom "faux" LED neon signs. I've already made a static one, the Flynn's sign below; but, I'm now wanting to try to add some traditional animation cycles to some signs I want to create. The traditional "on/off" approach of individual tubes/strings toggling between active and inactive. Here's the catch though - I can't find the best approach to do it. Normally, my Google-fu is pretty good at finding solutions; but, with this I'm hitting a lot of dead ends or unintended avenues. Mostly, I'm finding solutions for addressable LED tape and controllers for those; but, I'm not wanting to animate colors or the individual SMDs on a string. I simply want to control one string of LEDs turning on or off.

An example of what I'm trying to animate would be a sign I've seen with two flippers and a ball between them along with some text that says "Play pinball here" or something like that. For my game room, I want to build the sign with the flippers and no text and have the flippers toggle between up and down. I also want to build a version of the Tron recognizer sign from the original movie where it animates flying towards you.

Does anyone know of any LED controllers that can do this?

I did find an old article from several years ago about someone who built a custom controller; but, the parts referenced in the article are no longer available.

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Here's the Flynn's sign I put together. No animation for it.

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