Wednesday, September 7, 2022

ESP8266 FastLED Issues

Problem:

While trying to use an ESP8266 D1 mini Arduino board to control some addressable WS8211 LEDs, I found that it didn't seem to work.


Solution:

After some reading, I found that the pin numbering didn't line up the way I thought it would. I'm not sure if this is a bug in FastLED or the result of using a D1 clone, but once I had this information everything started working perfectly. (Note, my board layout is a bit different, but this still applied.) -- easiest solution is to use D2 label for GPIO4.



Source: https://github.com/FastLED/FastLED/issues/542#issuecomment-355667857


Here is the working test sketch: 

#include <FastLED.h>
#define DATA_PIN 4 // but plug into pin 2 or use D4
#define LED_BRIGHTNESS 50 // global brightness setting (might change for HSV)
#define LED_COUNT 50 // lights per pin
CRGB leds[LED_COUNT];
void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);
  delay(1000);
  FastLED.setBrightness(LED_BRIGHTNESS);
  FastLED.addLeds<WS2811, DATA_PIN>(leds, LED_COUNT);
  fill_solid(leds, LED_COUNT, CRGB::Black);
  FastLED.show();
}
void loop() {
  cd77_colorwipe_dot(CRGB::Red, 10);
}
void cd77_colorwipe_dot(CRGB color, uint16_t wait) {
  for (byte led = 0; led < LED_COUNT; led++) {
    leds[led] = color;
    FastLED.delay(wait);
    leds[led] = CRGB::Black;
    FastLED.show();
  }
}

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