Apr
30

Automated LED Handrail

 
Grobenn25 built an interactive LED handrail system using an Arduino that monitors a large array of infrared sensors to detect what step the user is on. Based on the  current detection pattern the stairs will light the LEDs under the handrail appropriately. During the production he looked at many different types of systems and settled on this overkill system. The sensors are changing their detection parameters constantly so that ambient lighting conditions will not effect the operation of the system. The color of the lights also change based on the speed of the person using the stairs as a bit of an added easter egg.

Sep
05

Huge Comercial RGB Stair Lighting Installation – Cost No Option

 

If you have an unlimited budget this stair lighting system by Calum Gregge is amazing. Using RGB LEDs on this system combined with some creative light sequencing sure does look impressive.

Aug
28

DIY Strip Light Stair Lighting Design and Install

 

This DIY Strip Light Stair Lighting Design and Install over at Speedy Signals looks nice. The project uses a ATmega328P which is very common in the Arduino scene. The microcontroller interfaces with some shift registers to power the lights. Some 2N7000 mosfets are used to drive the actual LED lights. By using the Arduino ShiftPWM library he is able to have individual control of all the steps. Beam sensors were the first idea but motion sensors were eventually used.

 

 

May
03

Automatic Motion Detection Stair Lighting

Titan Homes is adding some cool stair lighting to some of their custom homes. Check out the video of the Reactive Lighting stair lighting system they install for their lucky customers. Austin demonstrates how the stair lighting controller can easily be configured by just flipping a few switches. A few of the many lighting sequences are demonstrated by using the random mode which looks like a lot of fun! They have mounted the controller out of the way under the stairs so it can accessed if needed. I am sure the new homeowners will have a ton of fun each time they use the stairs. I wonder how many of their neighbors will be getting their own system in the coming months. 🙂

 

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