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Final Project

My final project is smartphone controllable WiFi based on an RGB lighting system

I designed my project to be an easy entry project in ESP32 and in power management systems project for koodikärpät(koodikärpä , Iltalehti , Oulun ylioppilas lehti , Facebook page ,Oulu Lyhti ,instagram , a technology summer job for teenagers from 15 to 17 years old. Last year we had 290 summer jobbers. The teenagers made everything from flabby bird like-game in mobile phone, a VR zombie shooter game with 3D modeled and printed gun with working trigger, mag release, mag reload and working slide to Vive VR glove with positional and finger placement trakking . As good as Arduino is for learning coding microprocessors it is severy lacking multiple key features that teenagers look in modern gadged, which limit heavily its usability in wilder projects. The real deal killer for today’s teenagers is the absence of WiFi. Everything needs to be easy, cheap and internet based. Otherwise, it is seen not as flashy and does not excite the teen much. I hope that smartphone controlled connected animated lights would be more invigorating and not so pointless. The general idea is to be somewhat inspiring, hugely modular, cool looking, and easy to custom to your own likings. All parts are bog-standard and just bogged together. As this will be free and for everybody to use. And I will probably teach to 80 teenagers how to build and code their own version in next 2 to 3 months.

Final project requirements.

What does it do?

The light can be controlled from a smartphone app. It also features:
* Wakeup light - A Sunrise of 30 minutes on a set time. The light starts as dim red as it gets brighter the light turns yellow and after turs to full brightness and to white light.
* Sunset light - Same as the sunrise only backward.
* Night light - Reduced blue light mode.
* Nice animations for mood lighting.
*16.4 million light colors.

Who’s done what beforehand?

On the market, there is plenty of smart connected lights. Like Philips Hue or Flux Smart. These lights are usually hugely expensive and/or need a central hub to work. One hub can control 50 lights and they need to be in the range of the hub. With mesh, the limit is somewhere 1000 devices and the range is expanded with every device. These lights are usually single die LEDs. the color and color temperature can be usually changed. in the most expensive models, some color pattern animations can be preinstalled. Individually addressable LED strip will be more versatile. Any kind of animation can be programmed.

Mio Kato Has done wireless lighting system. My idea is to get rid of the central controller and every control calculation is made on the mesh cloud ESP:s. Or in the case of the Blynk, the server can be anywhere on the planet. It does not need to be in the same room.

What did you design?

The PCB, power distribution unit for the 3.3v rail, enclosure and demo model. And some code

The PCB was designed in Eagle in the same way as the week5

Schematics was desinged in Eagle.

The board was not milled but Laser paint removed and etched in the same way as in the Wildcard week.

The PCB image was translated to the Epilog laser cutter.
Laser removing the paint for etching.

The control boards were made into same form.

Controll boards.

For the control boards, I designed enclosures.

The enclosedure was designed in Inventor.

And 3d printed.


I made couple of version of the enclosedure.

And the LED strip placement boxes were ready.

Ready LED LED strip placement boxes.

I Also designed a couple of demonstration lights. One in the computer cutting week and one for the final project.

Both of the lampshades ready.

What materials and components were used?

  • Microcontrollers ATTiny44 and ESP32.
  • LED strip. (1 m to 10 m)
  • PLA for the printing.
  • Acrylic sheet. (3 mm thickness)
  • Various PCB passive components.

Where did they come from?

Most of the components came from Fab Inventory. ESP32 and LED strips are from Inventory.

How much did they cost?

BOM of the PCB:s

Part From Pcs Price total
Attiny44A-SSu Fab inventory 1 1.1€ 1.1€
ESP32 inventory 1 3.5€ 3.5€
5V SK6812 RGBW LED-strip Ordered 1-416LEDs depending on needs of the lighting. 78.58€/1000pcs 0,07858-32€
230Vac to 5VDC 10A trasformer Ordered 1 20.53€ 20.53€
MOSFET P-CH Fab inventory 1 0.34 0.34€
MOSFET N-CH Fab inventory 1 1.13 1.13€
Inductor 100mH Fab Inventory 1 0.78 0.78€
Capasitator 150uF Fab inventory 1 0.48 0.48€
Capasitator 10PF Fab inventory 1 0.05 0.05€
Capasitator 1PF Fab inventory 1 0.05€ 0.05€
Schottky diode Fab inventory 1 0.17 0.17€
FTDI Header Fab inventory 1 0.5€ 0.5€
Pinheader Fab inventory 1 1,5€ 1,5€
PCB Fab inventory 1 1 1€
Total 31,2€ - 63.8€

Most of the cost comes from the 230Vac power supply and the LEDs. I ordered a known good converter for this project. in the future, if the ac power supply can be done straight into the PCB which will cut down the costs.
Rest of materials for the demo lamps. Acrylic 30x60cm : 5 Eur
LED strip: 1 m 2.5€
LED strip: 5 m 17.40€

What parts and systems were made?

The lamp shade is made with laser-cutting.

The LED strip holders are made by 3D printing.

The PCB is made by Laser paint removal mask etching method and hand soldering.

The picture in the demo lamp shade is done by vinyl cutting.

What processes were used?

  • Painting and surface cleaning for the PCB pretreatment.
  • Chemical etching for the PCB making.
  • Laser cutting: The PCB and the demo lamp shade.
  • 3D printing: The enclosures for the LED strip holders.
  • Electronics design, milling, and soldering: The PCB boards.
  • Embedded programming: The ATTinyBuck and the ESP32 led controller.

What questions were answered?

The world of power electronics is exciting and vast. The Attiny does have enough power to run steadily and give stable voltage to ESP with a few tweaks and fitting the surrounding hardware.

How was it evaluated?

The LEDs can be controlled from the phone. The ESP32 worked and did not catch fire. The animations works and the Sunrise and Sunset function work.

I will install this light to my home. Hope the sunrise will help me in the next winter.

What are the implications?

  • 2D and 3D design: LED strip holders, Lampshade, The PCB laser cut template.
  • Additive and subtractive fabrication processes: 3D printing fro the LED strip holders and Lampshade, Laser cutting for the Lampshade and the PCB.
  • Electronics design and production for the PCB board
  • Microcontroller interfacing and programming: ESP32 interfacing with mobile phone and programming for the Attiny44 and for the ESP32
  • System integration and packaging: Assembling everything and coordinating the light devices.

2D and 3D designing

The Cases for the LED strip holders and the demolamp shade are 3D designed.

The enclosedure was designed in Inventor.

The enclosedure was designed in Inventor.

The PCB laser-cut lines are designed in 2D based on the PCB layout from Eagle.

The enclosedure was designed in Inventor.


On week 19 I selected for my final project the Creative Commons (CC) license for my project and Apache for my coding part.

Presentation material

Presentation slide

Presentation video

The video was edited in Vegas Pro like in the Week 17 With the coding to FFmpeg. No music this time.

All my design files can be found in my GITlab repository