Over Christmas we had some lights hooked around the banisters running up our stairs. They were gold lights in a tube that looped quite easily through the wooden banisters. My husband really liked them and wanted to keep them on the stairs.
The Christmas lights were baulked. They didn’t always turn on and entire sections would be in darkness. Instead of buying new ones we thought about adapting a strip of Neopixel lights we had lying around. Then we thought about controlling the lights and came up with a temperature sensor.
The strip has 50 lights. When it’s less than 0 then first 8 lights come on in dark blue. Then the following:
Basically the lights will always be dark blue then the warmer it is the more lights will be on.
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