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Arduino based DIY programmable light

18 May 2016

Plum Geek Robotics has developed a DIY programmable light, allowing young makers to learn how to build their own Arduino based light.

The Plumduino (Image courtesy of Kickstarter)

The Plumduino idea is a great opportunity for children/makers that wish to create their own night lights that they could program. 

After Plum Geek Robotics made a few copies of the circuit board, it turned into a fun Maker challenge to see what could be lit up.

The Plumduino has several features:

• Pre-programmed lighting effects work right out of the box
• Learn programming basics by customising the Plumduino
• Design your own enclosures and light sculptures

The eight RGB "NeoPixel" style lights can each be individually controlled. You can make them any colour or brightness you'd like.

The Plumduino is nearly identical to the popular Arduino UNO. The form factor is new but the processor and electrical connections are the same.

Plumduino is an excellent teaching tool. The company designed an expansion board that connects to the main Plumduino board while adding some extra features.

The Expansion Board joined to the Plumduino main board. The production Expansion Board will be white coloured and there will be coloured rubber caps on the ends of the sliders. The pins will be clearly labelled.

Available in two versions

Fully assembled or DIY. The fully assembled version is, obviously, fully assembled and female headers will also be added to your Plumduino board to allow connection. For the DIY version, the company will populate the small surface mount parts and let you assemble the through hole parts yourself. This is easily done with a small soldering iron. 

2x potentiometer sliders

Use the sliders to control the lights, create sound, and many other possible uses.

Motion detector 

Detect people moving within about five feet of the Plumduino. Use to activate the night light in a dark room or hallway, and even create your own burglar alarm.

Piezo sound element 

Create tones, chirps, pings, and alarms with the sound element. You'll learn how to control the sound element with the sliders and light.


Make the lights strobe to the beat of music or respond to sound events like clapping.

IR remote receiver 

Use the included remote to control the lights or other behaviours.

IR data transmitter

Can be used to communicate with IR devices like your TV and can also communicate with Ringo and IR compatible Wink robots.

This is a Kickstarter project, for more information click here.

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