Intelligent HL1606 LED Ribbon Controller
The LED Dazzler is a very complex, yet simple design used to control a HL1606 based LED ribbon which contains a microcontroller. Original design and software is based on an article by John Cohn posted as an Instructable.
Using a minimal amount of components, the LED Dazzler is able to control LED ribbons, at 5 volts of any size up to and beyond lengths of 5m (16+ feet) or more, producing a full halo of colors in stunning display patterns and sequences.
The processor used on the LED Dazzler is a PICAXE 08-M 8-pin microcontroller which has the preprogrammed code stored in it which contains not only the lighting sequences, but also the base code necessary to control the LED ribbon. The processor is reprogrammable with your own sequences providing you have an inexpensive programmer setup capable of programming the PICAXE 08-M.