I have been interested in LEDs since before blue or white LEDs were available and have always followed LED technology progress, so this road test was was going to be interesting even if I did not manage to be selected as a sponsored participant. Fortunately my proposal was selected, allowing me to enjoy experimenting with some interesting LED technology as well as an MSP430 Launchpad.
My proposal was fairly ambitious for a road test as it undertook to demonstrate about half a dozen applications involving all of the road test kit of parts. The project ended up exceeding the proposal, discussing or demonstrating about 40 applications in 17 blogs and 20 videos. This summary of the project will contain links to all blogs and videos.
The awsome road test kit, sponsored by Texas instruments, Würth Elektronik and element14, included some unique quad-colour LED modules (CC2540TDK-LIGHT) from Texas Instruments that were controllable via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), an Launchpad from Texas Instruments, a LED driver from Texas Instruments, a generous selection of any Würth Elektronik components we needed and a $200 budget for parts from element14. Many thanks to the sponsors for contributing such a fabulous kit.
This was a valuable road test kit with some great products that I wouldn't normally get to try out. I learned a lot about LED lighting and soldering high power LEDs and had a lot of fun experimenting with different applications. I hope my road test blogs showed how useful these products can be, as I definitely find them to have lots of useful applications. Other participants in this road test also created some very interesting applications which I enjoyed following. I would recommend other members participate in road tests like this – you get a lot of freedom to propose things you are interested in, and road tests are both useful and enjoyable.
Here are some images and links from things I tried in this road test:
Induction Heating Reflow Soldering
This concludes my road test summary and my road test.
It was most interesting, fun and educational.
The Lighting Group page is here:
Here are links to my other blog entries for this road test:
Associated Video Links