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Hi Everyone,

Just curious what others have done. I am finally done with scenery and have begun installing my buildings. I have a mix of lighting, 120+ woodland scenic lights and about 150 manually wired LED lights. So most of these are mixed into buildings and or spot lights. I was hoping to use some sort of Apple iPad or raspberry Pi program to control them. I know this is a very broad question but what have others done for lighting control any advice for linking this all together.
Thanks,

Alex

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Hi Leo,

I am leaning towards the microprocessor. I was hoping to have a some random light effects but also some routines.  Many buildings including the attached tipple I wired for multiple lighting effects.  Fully Operating mode, night mode, full lit, etc...  I started making a rudimentary light board but it got pretty messy pretty quick.

Thanks,

Alex

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@TACOROG posted:


... I started making a rudimentary light board but it got pretty messy pretty quick.

fet buffer less than a buck each

Not sure how many independent/discrete/distinct outputs you want to control, but it's hard to resist these buffer modules for less than $1 per channel. Unlike relays which are fine for on/off control, you can drive these with an R-Pi or Arduino digital output using PWM for dimming (day/night).

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Alex: Here are some of the possibilities that I have seen through this forum and elsewhere.

You should take a look at the Woodland Scenics Just Plug lighting systems, if you're looking for an off the shelf solution. Looks a bit pricey to me but maybe you've got money to burn.

But if you're a do-it-yourself type, and you're familiar with components and soldering, breadboards, proto-boards, Dupont connectors and the like, then you've got room to maneuver.

I don't have experience with an iPad or Raspberry Pi but have played around with the use of the Arduino microprocessors for track side signaling. See this link. With some extra components, you can drive individual LEDs with things like cascading shift registers 74AC164 or 74HC595. And I recently ran across the use of the Arduino working with the TLC5940 (there are videos on YouTube about this for LEDs).

It all depends on your comfort level and tenacity.

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