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Need some help. Using V2.21

posted May 15, 2016 14:59:33 by KevinCorsius
Hello,

So after a long time I started again on my shiftlight.
I've wired everything like it says in the schematics, etc..
What's the best way to test if the LED strips and backpack works?

I'm testing it now with a breadboard, is it sufficient to run a 12v to the board or does the Arduino itself also need a powersource?
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BrandonMatthews said May 15, 2016 19:53:56
All the components need 5 volts. Don't use 12. You could use an arduino and the breadboard to test the display and the LEDs, just find a different code to test them. Or build the whole shift light and see if it works.
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Jonduino said May 16, 2016 17:52:06
Correct - As wired, the entire system runs off 5v. The arduino can run off 12v if you use the VIN pin, but the LEDs and display require 5V. You can power a small number of LEDs off the 5V PIN on the arduino.

Best of luck!
- jon
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KevinCorsius said May 18, 2016 09:54:44
Okay, I want to hardwire into my car. What's the best way to do this?
As most is 12v...
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BrandonMatthews said May 18, 2016 14:15:05
The buck converter that is used in the kit converts the 12V of your car to 5V for the shift light system.
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