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Gadget Freak Case #179: Homegrown Holiday Lights with Homemade Control

Gadget Freak Case #179: Homegrown Holiday Lights with Homemade Control

Gadget Freak 179

Vince Cappellano wanted to put up some holiday lights that wouldn't cost a fortune but would dance smart. He did some research with the dream of building a display that would go YouTube viral - without the familiar disaster of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

He embarked on a system that could provide a reasonably high-performance system with features that were not available among the commercial products on the market.

The result of Vince's work is a dazzling display of holiday flash - not expensive and plenty unique.

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Allied Electronics Componets

Amt Part Description Allied Part #
1 AC Power Coord, NEMA 5-15 Plug to C13 Plug 689-2251
1 857 Series Right-Angle Multil-Purpose Filter, Filtered PWR Connector, RT Angle, [email protected] 689-0449
1 Transformer, Split Bobbin; 12VA; 1000mA; Pri:115VAC; Sec:Ser 12.6VCT, Par 6.3V; PC 928-0108
18 Fuse Clip; Snap Mount; 30A; 3AG fuses 846-4243
1 Fuse; Cylinder; Fast Acting; 8A; Sz 3AG; Supplemental; Dims 0.25x1.25"; Glass; 250VAC 845-0301
2 LED; Red; 3600mcd; 5.6mmDia.; T-1-3/4; 40mA If; 660nm; Water Clear; 5V Vr 505-0180
1 Rectifier, Bridge; Single Phase Bridge Rectifier; 400 V; 280 V; 2; PCB Mount 935-6260
1 CAPACITOR; AL ELECTROLYTIC; CAP 2200UF; TOL+-20%; RADIAL; VOL-RTG 35V 852-0272
2 CAPACITOR; ALUMINUM ELECTROLYTIC; RADIAL AL ELECTROLYTIC CAP, 150UF 35V 453-0739
1 10 SEGMENT GRN.LEDBARGRAPH, DP, TUBE 436-0147
2 Resistor; 330 Ohms; 1.25 W; 2 %; 100 V (Max.); 100 ppm/ degC; -55 degC; SIP 755-0407
1 Universal Serial Bus (USB) Connector, 1 Port, 4 Position, Right Angle Mount 374-0052
1 VOLTAGE REGULATOR 5V, TO-220 PKG 248-0415
1 VOLTAGE REGULATOR 12V, TO-220 PKG 248-0416
1 Switch, Pushbutton; Panel Mount; 1000 V (RMS) (Min.); 0.5 A; Wire Lug 758-0034
1 DIODE; 1 A (MAX.) @ 25C IF; 1.1 V (MAX.) @ 25C; 5 UADC (MAX.) @ 25C IR 266-0001
6 STANDOFF, 1/4 HEX MALE/FEMALE, 4-40 THREAD, ALUMINUM-IRIDITE CLEAR, 1.50 LENGTH 219-1396
6 1/4 HEX FEMALE STANDOFF, 4-40, ALUMINUM IRIDITE(CLEAR), 1 1/2L 219-1402
1 Twin Industries 4"x10" Plated Through-Hole Prototyping Board 237-0118
8 CONN, 15A 125V, 2W, ZCORD LIGHT DUTY, BK RP102BK
16 Resistor; Thin Film; Res 100 Ohms; Pwr-Rtg 0.25 W; Tol 5%; Axial; Flame-Proof 437-0451
8 Resistor; Carbon Film; Res 39 Ohms; Pwr-Rtg 0.25 W; Tol 5%; Axial 840-0067
9 Resistor; Carbon Film; Res 330 Ohms; Pwr-Rtg 0.25 W; Tol 5%; Axial 840-0084
1 Resistor; Carbon Film; Res 2.7 Kilohms; Pwr-Rtg 0.25 W; Tol 5%; Axial 840-0102
1 Resistor; Carbon Film; Res 4.7 Kilohms; Pwr-Rtg 0.25 W; Tol 5%; Axial 840-0108
2 Resistor; Carbon Film; Res 22 Kilohms; Pwr-Rtg 0.25 W; Tol 5%; Axial 840-0124
2 Resistor; Carbon Film; Res 47 Kilohms; Pwr-Rtg 0.25 W; Tol 5%; Axial 840-0132
1 Resistor; Carbon Film; Res 100 Kilohms; Pwr-Rtg 0.25 W; Tol 5%; Axial 840-0141
1 Resistor; Carbon Film; Res 1 Kilohms; Pwr-Rtg 0.25 W; Tol 5%; Axial 840-0093
1 Resistor; Carbon Film; Res 1.5 Kilohms; Pwr-Rtg 0.25 W; Tol 5%; Axial 840-0097
8 Resistor; Carbon Film; Res 33 Kilohms; Pwr-Rtg 0.5 W; Tol 5%; Axial 840-0229
8 CAPACITOR; CERAMIC; CAP 0.01 UF; TOL 20%; VOL-RTG 50 VDC; RADIAL 649-0095
10 CAPACITOR; CERAMIC; CAP 22PF; TOL+-5% ; RADIAL; VOL-RTG 50V; LEAD SPACE 5.0MM 649-0024
1 Capacitor; Ceramic; Cap .330UF / 330nF ; Tol+-20%; Radial; Vol-Rtg 50V 541-0371
5 CAPACITOR; CERAMIC; CAP 1UF; TOL+80%/-20% ; RADIAL; VOL-RTG 50V; LEAD SPACE 5.0MM 649-0017
8 Fuse; Cylinder; Fast Acting; 2A; Sz 3AG; Dims 0.25x1.25"; Glass; Cartridge; 250VAC; Clip 740-0395
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