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Letter from Chris of in 2013 – Happy Holidays!

Here’s a project I know your readers will love! It’s an all-digital-hardware LED Christmas tree we’re calling the Christmas Tree O’Digital Logic.

The tree itself is composed of 64 LEDs built into a spiral sitting on a piece of protoboard. Underneath, the controller uses shift registers and a 555 timer to create two modes of display: a predictable pattern and a random pattern. This should light up any desk or shelf and bring merriment to your readers!

LED Christmas tree - Learning Electronics

We’re also running a Kickstarter campaign to fund our second free online electronics course, “An Introduction To Digital Electronics.” We have just 4 days left to raise $2,124. If you would be so kind as to spread the word about our efforts, we’d be extremely grateful!

To build the tree, we’ll use 63 green LEDs and 1 red LED. Lots of wire will be needed to make the spiral + cone shape of LEDs from top to bottom. To build a random pulse generator, we’ll use some digital logic trickery with a 7404 hex inverter. A 555 timer will be used to drive 8 shift registers, which will control all 64 of the LEDs. Finally, a 4 bit timer should be thrown into the circuit in case we want to slow things down with a divider.

There are places like your Backyard, outdoors, a village… where your Gadgets will stop working !!!

You will feel suffocated when your Smartphone or Tablet fails to respond to your caring strokes. Your Dupey is perishing due to Undernourishment. All you need is “Electronic Solar Umbrella” which was invented by me delabs on June 1st 2014.

Electronic Solar Umbrella

The Red Light is for Data Networking SmartUmbrellas using Advanced Multi-Threaded Infra Red Technology.

SUN – Smart Umbrella Networking

I just invented the SmartUmbrella – My Drone is Rushing to the Patent Office.

(Keep this confidential till my drone returns safely, the beagle boys are using Blimps with Large Magnets to capture Drones.)

Bicycle Light Projects

Constructing or modifying a bicycle lighting system should be done carefully to enhance the lighting and not displace a minimum lighting that is needed for safety.In rural areas and mountain bikes more lighting may be needed.

Dynamo LED light electronics – A nice selection of electronic circuits to power LEDs from a bicycle dynamo

Battery LED light electronics – A basic step-up circuit to power an LED from a battery

  • Universal single-LED headlight
  • Universal triple-LED headlight
  • Universal LED taillight mechanical construction

High-power halogen headlight

High-power halogen headlight from standard parts, battery-operated

  • Lots of light for your money
  • All standard parts, easily completed in half a day

Hill Robertson’s Computer Christmas! Home of the 320 Circuit Parallel Port Controller Box! This is the place to be if you are looking for information about controlling Christmas light displays with a computer.

Computer Christmas - Light Control

Computer Christmas – Light Control – Computer Christmas is a site full of contributions from people all over the world for Christmas light enthusiasts.

HowTo: How to build a triac switching unit SSR – “Here’s how the circuit works: The optoisolator protects your computer from the evil nastiness of the power line. It has an LED that is optically coupled to a triac inside the package. In our application we are supplying the LED side of the MOC3010 with +5 volts.”

Projects –

  • Christmas Light Control Forum
  • A low cost lighting sequencer
  • HowTo: An ‘all in one tester’
  • Build a 16 Ch PicDimmed Renard

This is a colorful, useful and educative project from Erlich Industrial Development, Corp. You will learn using Op-Amps as comparators and also LED bar graph analog display.

Battery Monitor for your Boat or Car

Voltage Monitoring is an Electronics board that allows you to connect 5 to 14VDC on one side of the board and get it corresponding LEDs light on the other side. Every Car, tractor or boat should have one.

Battery Monitor for your Boat or Car

The boards will allow you to easily monitor your 12V battery while powering from the same battery. The Terminal Block TB connector is included and makes it easy to use.

delabs notes

The LM324 is the Heart or Intelligence in this Circuit. There is a voltage divider and zener too. They have a kit and pcb to buy and build .


A battery of a car can drive enormous amount of current, anything that is High-Voltage, High-Current or High-Frequency or a combination of these; are known to be high energy circuits. So as a precaution when you wire the positive to the car battery use an automobile fuse with holder like the one used outside the stereo player. The fuse has to be outside!

You could also use a fusible resistor in a metal box and keep it outside, the 12V positive has to go thru this. Any car/boat project needs this. A short circuit on PCB or Wire will blow fuse and everybody is safe.

Got it ..

Walking is a Source of Energy that can be Harvested to Power LEDs or Wearables. It may one day Recharge your Smartphone or tablet. Just start running when the Battery goes low on your Phone. – Ananth

Here is the first page that will interest you – Parasitic Power Shoes Project

Power LED Shoes

“… environmental energy sources can begin to replace batteries in certain wearable subsystems. In this spirit, this effort has examined devices that can be built into a shoe, (where excess energy is readily harvested) and used for generating electrical power “parasitically” while walking.”

Piezoelectric Energy Scavenging In Shoes

Goal: To develop a rugged piezoelectric shoe insert and complementary conditioning electronics for unobtrusive, parasitic harvesting of the compression energy normally lost while walking

Read more at Piezo Power Shoes with LEDs

This circuit uses a LM339, a quad comparator. LM339 can work on single or dual supplies, it has a open collector output that can drive 15mA, low power consumption. The circuit is an untested design but it should work. I did it as many searches were made in my webpages with these keywords.

Mains Voltage and Power Circuits – Similar circuits for Mains Voltage Monitoring.

There are many better circuits in the various circuit archives i have linked on the front page, you just have to look around. When you measure the open circuit voltage of a battery with a high impedance DMM (10M), the value may be a bit misleading. Apply a dummy load to bleed the battery a bit so that proper readings can be taken on Load. The load below is a 100 ohms wire-wound fusible ceramic resistor which will heat a bit when you test 12V batteries.
Battery Level Indicator

Theory of Operation.

R16 a 5W ceramic wire wound bleeder or dummy load. R15 is a part of an attenuator for obtaining ranges. D2 is a protection clamp diode. R10-D1 forms the 5V reference for comparators. Then an attenuator obtains 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 V steps for each comparator. This circuit is similar to Audio Level meter or VU meter circuit.

Comparators in Interface Circuits

The comparator compares the battery sample voltage to the fixed reference step. If ‘+’ pin is more positive than ‘-‘, or is ‘+’ is more dominant, then output goes floating ‘open collector’, so No LED light . But if ‘-‘ is more dominant the output transistor of comparator goes low impedance or saturates or turns ‘ON’. But only spec current can be switched, do not compare with electrical switch ‘ON’. Also on a dual supply 0V is more dominant or positive compared with -12V, even though it appears -12V is a big number. The direction of current is what decides, all measurements are relative.

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ThingM – Product and Interface Design

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Tod E. Kurt co-founder ThingM

Invisible Accent Light with BlinkM MaxM & FreeM

Invisible Accent Light with BlinkM MaxM & FreeM

“Sometimes you just want a little extra light in a room. With RGB LED tape, you can put light anywhere. But controlling its brightness and making it the color you want is a bit harder. A BlinkM MaxM can easily control LED tape, either as a stand-alone device, with an Arduino, or your computer via a LinkM.”