So... now that I've completed the first phase of my first FastLED project using

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(allanGEE) #1

So… now that I’ve completed the first phase of my first FastLED project using a Mega 2560 that I already had on hand (with good results, btw), I’m ready to consider an upgrade.

I’ll want to keep refining my 720-LED wearable panels (10 panels of 72 LEDS each) but am also considering another big project – 30/meter WS2812b’s as exterior Christmas lighting. For smaller projects, I’ll rely on assorted Arduino hardware I already have.

Does anyone have budget-minded recommendations that would be an improvement over the Mega 2560?

Your input is appreciated!

(Andrew Tuline) #2

Teensy 3.2 with OctoWS2811.

(Jason Coon) #3

I agree with Andrew, the Teensy and OctoWS2811 are hard to beat for the price. Combined, they’re still cheaper than that Mega (assuming it’s a name brand), and vastly more powerful. :slight_smile:

(Jon Burroughs) #4

Teensy all the way!

(allanGEE) #5

It looks like the OctoWS2811 runs its own software. Does that mean I can’t use FastLED with it?

(Jon Burroughs) #6

@allanGEE https://github.com/FastLED/FastLED/tree/master/examples/Multiple/OctoWS2811Demo

(allanGEE) #7

@Jon_Burroughs Looks like a great place to start. Thanks!