Christmas Light Painting and Other WS2812 Adventures

Since the WS2812 Waterproof LEDs are currently on sale, we thought it would be a good time to show you some of the cool things you can do with them.

If you don’t know much about these addressable LEDs, start out by looking into this Instructable by . It deals with the basics of controlling the LED strips. Last year around Christmas, Samuel Logan and a friend did some light painting, which yielded some fantastic results.

At the observatory.
At the observatory.

There are a ton of great projects that can be done with these WS2812 LEDs. However, if you’d like to add a festive touch to your light painting, that’s definitely a thing you can do! Christmas trees, Santa, reindeer…there are so many possibilities out there!

A colorful Christmas tree!
A colorful Christmas tree! Image from here
Image from Digital Photography School.
Image from Digital Photography School.

When I was an undergrad doing light painting, we used a battery-powered lantern. This is so much better — not only is it easier, but you can do so much more in terms of color and patterns. And you don’t risk knocking yourself out with a lantern. What light painting project will you do?

We wish you all happy holidays! Image from Digital Photography School.
We wish you all happy holidays! Image from Digital Photography School.

 

 

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About Amber Mear

I was the Digilent blog editor, and now I'm a contributor. I love learning about wearables and writing about social issues in STEM. Outside of work, I can be found watching Netflix with my cat, working on an art project, or trying to find new, delicious local foods.

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