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    Default Interest in Group Buy of New Floodlight Board

    I'm interested in finding out if there is any interest in me offering my new floodlight driver in a group buy.
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    The items in the picture are in Left to Right, Top to Bottom
    • ESP-01 Programmer
    • Next 2 are the latest version of the PixiFlood 10w board and the orginal PixiFlood 10w Board
    • Version 3 of the PixiFlood without the sidecar
    • Below it is the sidecar unattached to the driver
    • Full assembled V3 PixiFlood with Sidecar and ESP-01 module
    • ESP-Programmer without a ESP-01 module


    This is my 3rd Version of a LED Driver. It's design is focused on delivering a single board designed to support
    any wattage of LED from 10w to 100w. This objective required the design to no longer include direct attachment
    of the LED to the PCB, it is to be connected via wires to allow for the wide arrangement of LED sizes and pin spacings.

    The previous design, 1st offered a few years back, relied on Linear Voltage Regulators since the voltage was limited
    to 12V being reduced to 5v. With the use of higher wattage LED, voltage requirements are much greater required changing
    the 5v voltage regulator circuitry to a switching model to eliminate the overheating of the previous design.

    The PT4115 specifications are unacceptable to anything above a 20w LED, as such beginning with 3.0 the LED
    Driver is being switched out for an AL8861 and the supporting components have been modified to support that
    new IC.

    This new design includes the addition of a detachable sidecar that contains ESPixelStick capabilities. Using the sidecar
    and an ESP-01 the floodlight can be driven wireless. The sidecar was streamlined and reduced to the minimal components
    required to support the ESP-01 and no longer supplies programming circuitry. I determined it would be unlikely that the
    floodlight board would be moved near a computer to support programming via a USB since the ESP-01 is detachable.
    This change eliminated a number of components reducing the size and cost of the sidecar board.

    I developed a separate stand-a-lone board that can be used to program the ESP-01 modules with the ESPixelStick Firmware
    regardless of the intended platform. This new board is a fully self contained unit that includes all circuitry including USB
    Connector for programming. This new board can be found in github as "stampedeboss/ESP_PGMR". This design eliminates the
    additional wiring associated with attaching the ESPixelStick to the communications card.
    If there is interest this can also be offered in a group buy for around 6 dollars.

    The V3 would be completely assemble but without headers installed due to allowing people to choose their own connection methods.
    Anticipated cost, depending on number of units ordered, Min 100:
    V3 plus Sidecar, no ESP-01 or LED. Expected cost is around 18.00, Actual cost will be confirmed before orders are taken.
    V1.11 10W Through hole Kit (SMD Components are already Soldered) no LED, $7.00

    If you desire to build 10w the original board (Version 1.11) is a more cost effective solution. You can use an external controller or only one V3 with sidecar
    in a connected string of Floods since they can be Serially Connected. The new board is really targeted at 20w and above builds.

    Again this is an interest only solicitation, what is offered if anything depends on what you want.
    Last edited by stampedeboss; 05-25-2019 at 08:29 PM.

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    Default Re: Interest in Group Buy of New Floodlight Board

    I am interested in the V3 + sidecar. At least 5 right now. One ESPixelStick comm card too.

    Thank you,

    Jason Portwood

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    FYI, all the "extra" though holes you see in the PCB are test points, if you have issues in the future you will be able to easily diagnose the issue. I will do a video on this board like I did for the original PixiFlood on how to trouble shoot problems. I am also providing all schema and board design files (Eagle) on github for you personal use.

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    Default Re: Interest in Group Buy of New Floodlight Board

    Most Excellent ! I look forward to checking these files out.
    As always, very nice work.
    Quote Originally Posted by stampedeboss View Post
    FYI, all the "extra" though holes you see in the PCB are test points, if you have issues in the future you will be able to easily diagnose the issue. I will do a video on this board like I did for the original PixiFlood on how to trouble shoot problems. I am also providing all schema and board design files (Eagle) on github for you personal use.

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    Default Re: Interest in Group Buy of New Floodlight Board

    I am interested in 5 of the V3 + sidecar.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukewarrior View Post
    Most Excellent ! I look forward to checking these files out.
    As always, very nice work.
    https://github.com/stampedeboss/PixiFlood

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    Default Re: Interest in Group Buy of New Floodlight Board

    guess there isn't much interest, thanks all

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