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An RGB LED Ring Using an ATmega168

When I first saw this LED ring the first thing that came into my mind is a Christmas tree entirely covered by these glowing rings of awesomeness. There are two versions, the first version makes use of 3 P-channel MOSFET that cycles through the primary colors and makes use of only a single LED ring constant current source, the second version makes use of three separate constant current sources made from MBI5168 – this would rid us of the need to cycle through the colors and which also give us more brightness.


The color balancing can be done in hardware – turning potentiometers in ht back of the PCBs. There is a warning when dealing with these rings – the current constant current sources and the LEDs can generate a lot of heat, sometimes even too hot to touch. Also, these devices are rated to operate <=5V, it can work in lower voltages, but the LEDs would be less bright. To operate beyond the 5V, you would need to use a regulator to avoid popping your chips.

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