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dbodnar 09-09-2016 10:46 AM

Thunder & Lightning Animation
 
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 dave

ewarhol 09-09-2016 01:04 PM

Cool Dave!

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

dbodnar 09-09-2016 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by ewarhol (Post 961418)
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.

dave

Garratt 09-09-2016 10:54 PM

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

Andrew

dbodnar 09-11-2016 12:56 PM

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.
dave

Pete Thornton 09-11-2016 02:14 PM

Awesome!

Garratt 09-11-2016 09:39 PM

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.

Andrew

kormsen 09-12-2016 09:51 AM

cool! just cool!

Cataptrra 09-13-2016 09:00 AM

Very nice. Really great looking "Hogwarts" castle too.

harvey 11-19-2016 05:56 PM

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.
Cheers.


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