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

DN Staff

January 24, 2011

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

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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Gadget Freak Case #179 Materials List Allied Electronics Componets

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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, 10@250VAC

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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