LED PomPom Headbands

Contributors: Feldi
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Design and build time for each project: 30 minutes — 1 hour

In this project, we’ll create two versions of a wearable headband - one for beginners and one for more advanced makers. In the beginner project, we will make a simple circuit made of 8x - 10x Super Bright White LEDs wired in parallel and powered by a single rechargeable LiPo Battery.

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In the more advanced project, we will make a more complicated programmable circuit using addressable LEDs, Arduino Pro Mini 5V/16MHz, and two LiPo batteries wired in parallel.

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Suggested Reading

Before you get started with the beginner’s version, take some time to familiarize yourself with the following:

How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about through-hole soldering.

What is a Circuit?

Every electrical project starts with a circuit. Don't know what a circuit is? We're here to help.

How to Power a Project

A tutorial to help figure out the power requirements of your project.

Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Learn the basics about LEDs as well as some more advanced topics to help you calculate requirements for projects containing many LEDs.

Series and Parallel Circuits

An introduction into series and parallel circuits.

In order to follow along with the more advanced version, ensure that you are familiar with the following as well:

Installing an Arduino Library

How do I install a custom Arduino library? It's easy! This tutorial will go over how to install an Arduino library using the Arduino Library Manager. For libraries not linked with the Arduino IDE, we will also go over manually installing an Arduino library.

What is an Arduino?

What is this 'Arduino' thing anyway?

Installing Arduino IDE

A step-by-step guide to installing and testing the Arduino software on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Using the Arduino Pro Mini 3.3V

This tutorial is your guide to all things Arduino Pro Mini. It explains what it is, what it's not, and how to get started using it.

WS2812 Breakout Hookup Guide

How to create a pixel string with the WS2812 and WS2812B LEDs!