Simple Multitasking for Arduino

Beyond Blink Without Delay If you’ve been building projects with Arduino-compatible microcontrollers for more than a few months, you’ve probably faced the challenge of orchestrating the timing of the processing functions for multiple switches, sensors, displays, LEDs, motors, etc. On your first simple projects, you probably got away with using one or more calls toContinue reading “Simple Multitasking for Arduino”

LEDs for Light Art – Part 4: LED Driver Circuits

This article describes hardware circuits, as part of a microcontroller-based lighting control system, that can be used to reliably and efficiently drive the various types of LEDs described in Part 1. Introduction This article starts with the basics of driving a single LED in a constant-voltage or constant-current mode, and then explores the options toContinue reading “LEDs for Light Art – Part 4: LED Driver Circuits”

LEDs for Light Art – Part 3: Lighting Techniques

This article describes a variety of lighting techniques that can be used to achieve captivating and beautiful effects , employing the LED types summarized in Part 1 and the optical elements covered in Part 2 of this series. . Introduction Some new terminology will be helpful in categorizing the different lighting techniques discussed in thisContinue reading “LEDs for Light Art – Part 3: Lighting Techniques”

First Project: Niloticus

My very first project was designing the lighting for a 40-foot long ceramic tile sculpture of a Nile crocodile, created by well-known local artist Peter Hazel for Burning Man 2019. It’s made from over 80,000 hand-made ceramic tiles, plus fused glass eyes, teeth, dorsal ridges, and tail fins. The artist’s goal was to individually backlight each fusedContinue reading “First Project: Niloticus”


The main purpose of this site is to host a blog sharing my experiences as a designer of LED lighting systems for various types of artwork, ranging from small pieces to furniture to large outdoor sculptures. Some of my projects are in collaboration with established artists who create large art installations for Burning Man, aContinue reading “Welcome!”

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