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Old 09-09-2016, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Good day, all - I am currently working on a new train layout at Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital. The layout is a professionally produced Harry Potter layout that is really spectacular.
There is a large castle at one end and I thought it would be appropriate for the children to press a button to active a few flashes of lightning and claps of thunder.
I used a small MP3 player and an Arduino to operate the animation and I am very pleased with the effect - I hope to install the unit next week. Even though the layout is in a fairly brightly lighted area I am using three VERY bright LED spotlights to create the flashing lights so I hope the effect will be satisfying.
If you would like to try to roll your own details are on my web page at: http://www.trainelectronics.com/Anim...der-lightning/
...and there is a video on YouTube
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Cool Dave!

When we going to get to see a full demo of it in action LED's and all?
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Cool Dave!

When we going to get to see a full demo of it in action LED's and all?
Greg - the video does a pretty good job of showing the LEDs - I may try another video when it is installed at the hospital.

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What a wizard!
Can we see the finished display in a video please Mr Wizard...

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Old 09-11-2016, 01:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I did a quick test at Children's this morning - the video on YouTube shows the results. Not bad for a brightly lighted area. The spotlight bulbs I used are rated at 6 watts with each housing six LEDs.
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Awesome!
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That's really well done. I didn't realize the lightning was on the inside of the castle. Wizards practicing their spells is a lot of hard work.
A big dragon inside the castle that you can see illuminated by the flashes might work too. Something not so obvious for the observant kids to find.

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cool! just cool!
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Very nice. Really great looking "Hogwarts" castle too.
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Hello Dave,
I always thought that the objective of a hospital, especially a children's hospital was to get in get treated and get out as fast as possible? I can't imagine any child wanting to walk away from this display, especially as its interactive.
Very, very well done and for a great cause.
Thanks for sharing.
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