Big thanks to Sandro for tutoring me on that one :)


There is an option to connect LEDs to the IMU, using the same pins we going to control 12V LED Strips :)

You can get those at Hobby-King:

Next we need this guy:


Important thing is not to go over 700mA, on all channels. So the LED strips can't be longer than 9 LEDs per arm.

check LEDs datasheet, maybe you can use more (or less) 



Here is some pictures of the process :)

Green,Red and 2X Blue, wires going to LDE Strips.


Cut the long legs :) and shrink tube it.And you done:)


Here is the leds.pde, it have that blinking part in it, but you can go crazy here :)


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Comment by Ritchie on July 2, 2011 at 3:41am
By far the most exciting post of a very pants personal week for me thank you for cheering me up.

Comment by Sandro Benigno on July 2, 2011 at 6:05am

Yeah, it's working! Congratulations by the Disco Club Quad! :)

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2011 at 5:23pm
Excellent! Added to the manual here.
Comment by Jason Wise on July 3, 2011 at 4:47am
Nice, is there a bigger version of the IC that I could use?
Comment by Kevin Vertucio on July 4, 2011 at 6:46am
haha! that is pretty cool! now just needs to dance to music ;)

Comment by Adam Rivera on January 17, 2012 at 11:05am

Nice work! What is the limiting factor in the 700mA number? I have an octo configuration and I would like to use 8 LED strips.

Comment by Nafru on March 9, 2012 at 2:47pm

Ok, here is my stupid question, What do you do wtih the LEDS.PDE file when you get that far?

I assume that it is fed into the Mission Planner some how, but how/where?

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on March 9, 2012 at 3:09pm

No, this is a compile time option.  I'm working on something that is usable from within MP. Hopefully out with the next release of Arducopter.

Comment by Nafru on March 9, 2012 at 3:18pm

If you need a test subject for the code at all, I am interested.
I just built a little board based on this mod for the LED's that I would like to put out as a do it yourself build and would like to use this code for running it.


Comment by Jason Wise on March 10, 2012 at 1:30am


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