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    Assembly language?

    I am not familiar with the WS2801 BUT I ave found that the APA102 overcomes many of the problems. However in strings of 60 leds it tryes to cook the voltage regulator such that it it needs a significant heat sink. Even with that its only suitable for childrens use in short less than 10 LED...
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    SK6812RGBW (Smart RGBW LEDs) and Picaxe 14M2

    I had a fair bit of success burying the principle APA102 calls each within a subroutine where each one just 'dived down' the execute one line of a Picaxe Basic SPI call. It menas that the 'shnanagins' of designing what the APA102 lights are doing can be left to my grandsons own creative blocky...
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    Please point me to some step by step basics to code the PICAXE using Blockly.

    Re: Blocky with APA102 LED chains. I finally managed to set up Blocky so that the APA102 LEDs can be controlled. Basically; I had to set up individual tasks that each had a 'Blocky Advanced' Picaxe Basic box with the basic calls inside it. This way; when the task is called, the one line...
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    SK6812RGBW (Smart RGBW LEDs) and Picaxe 14M2

    Thankyou for your contrbutions. However, I now have some sucess utilising APA102 lights. However, though I can get them iluminating by utilising 'SPI' from PicAxe Basic there is no direct way to Utilise SPI from within a Picaxe Blocky program. As such I am currently trying to bury the Picaxe...
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    SK6812RGBW (Smart RGBW LEDs) and Picaxe 14M2

    Thankyou for this feedback. First off I will try using APA 102 lights, hopefully utilising a Blocky program for my 7 year old grandson first programming steps. Then for the WS2812 I will see if an PicAxe can comunicate with an Ardunino nano such that the Arduino acts as an interface to the...
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    Assembly language?

    The problem I have is regarding WS2811/2 LED chains and the very fact that there is an outline Adafruit C++ program where, they can be utilised on an Arduino. But The Adafruit C++ dives into assembler for I/O bit manipulation where it also utilises 'NOP' null instructions timing things by...
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