We have seen plenty of LED Christmas trees this year, but this one is a bit unique. Instead of wrapping LEDs around a tree (or in the shape of a tree), Andrew cut a tree shape out of MDF, and filled it with Adafruit LED Pixels.
I imagine I’ll be adding to the animations over the holidays and will hopefully get some video of the tree in action. In the meantime it’ll be accompanying me on my holiday traveling and visiting.
I’m happy w/ the crafty look of the tree as it reminds me of a wooden tree my mom made for me some years back with traditional incandescent string lights. Next year I’ll start work earlier on some fancy laser-cut versions
RGB Pixels are digitally-controllable lights you can set to any color, or animate. Each RGB LED and controller chip is molded into a ‘dot’ of silicone. The dots are weatherproof and rugged. There are four flanges molded in so that you can ‘push’ them into a 12mm drill hole in any material up to 1.5mm/0.06″ thick. They’re typically used to make outdoor signs. We also have flat-backed pixels that are essentially the same, but are not as long and thin.