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Addressable LED options for lanterns

There are several commercial and non-commercial options available to control LED displays. These range from small portable displays running on a dedicated microcontroller to large commercial ones that are controlled by custom applications running on a dedicated computer and multiple controllers. WLED is a non-comercial (open source) program and is the probably the best available for portable displays as it supports a wide variety of animations/colour palettes and can be controlled by your cell phone over WiFi. In order to make your own WLED displays, you will need a laptop/desktop and:

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Cost of an Addressable LED Lantern Display

These links provide a rough pricing guideline for sourcing addressable LED electronic components from a local supplier (or Amazon):

Cost of purchasing electronic components locally or from Amazon is approximately: $60.50 to $73.50 plus tax

Lantern consumables include:

  • Bamboo, grapevine, round reed
  • Masking tape
  • Zip ties
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • White/vanilla/coloured tissue paper
  • Specialty paper (tissue or mulberry)
  • White glue or Mod Podge
  • Optional acrylic matte finish
  • Water
  • Fishing line
  • Table covering
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