FidoLight RGBW Spotlight: Update #8

Well, there’s been lots of progress on upgrading my woodworking shop, but I won’t bore you with that. Somewhat less progress on the various “big” lighting projects, but there are a few updates on my FidoLight project that I think you might enjoy hearing about. As you may recall, I’ve been working for a coupleContinue reading “FidoLight RGBW Spotlight: Update #8”

Project Updates: February 2023

As I predicted in last month’s project update, there have been lots of distractions that have prevented me from fully completing the Octopus project. First, the massive amount of snow we’ve had this year in the western United States has motivated several ski trips. Lots of fun both here at Lake Tahoe and in Utah.Continue reading “Project Updates: February 2023”

Debugging with Capture Logs

This article describes a technique for debugging microcontroller firmware when a full-featured debugger or equivalent functionality is not available, and when print-statement debugging (also known as printf() debugging) is cumbersome due to the high rate at which debugging data is generated. The capture log technique involves storing the debugging data in memory buffers during normalContinue reading “Debugging with Capture Logs”

Project Updates: January 2023

Happy New Year! Last month I described the early progress in building a 22-foot ceramic tile octopus sculpture that is destined for a commercial building complex in Morro Bay, California. The sculpture itself is now 95% complete, and all 405 of the WS2811 pixels have been mounted underneath the translucent glass “suckers”. The pixels andContinue reading “Project Updates: January 2023”

Project Updates: December 2022

As the new year approaches, I thought it would be a good time to provide an update on the projects I have underway, and some new ones that are just getting started. FidoLight I’m continuing to test the latest version of the 4-channel buck driver board for the RGBW FidoLight spot/flood light. I’ve started experimentingContinue reading “Project Updates: December 2022”

FidoLight RGBW Spotlight: Update #7

One of my recent posts described the design details of the latest iteration of my 4-channel buck constant-current driver board that’s intended to be used with a high-power Cree XML RGBW module. As mentioned at the end of the post, I just received the bare PCB v5 boards from PCBWay, and the components from Digi-Key,Continue reading “FidoLight RGBW Spotlight: Update #7”

Gamma Correction for LED Lighting

Gamma correction, as applied to LED lighting, is a confusing and commonly-misunderstood topic. Proper application of gamma correction is important in achieving smooth brightness and color fades. Although there are a least a couple of articles out there that explain this concept and its application to LEDs (see links at the end of this post),Continue reading “Gamma Correction for LED Lighting”