I am looking at Adafruit to purchase some LED strips for a mod for my computer case, and want to power it with an Arduino.
I am looking at the Uno, but the Mega looks good too. I hear the Uno is good because if the chip fries, you can just replace it easier than the Mega's chip. I did hear that the Uno chip had issues, but that was a 2013 post.
Anyways, I am essentially looking to connect about a foot of 144 leds/m to the front of my case, and connect that to the Arduino. I will then be lining the inside of my case with about 12-15" per side (x4 sides) of 60 leds/m so I wanted to connect that to another part of the Arduino.
I read that each led takes something like 6mA or 60mA each, so that is what we should watch for. I was trying to search for this question that others asked, but people were looking to connect a lot of strips, and needed relays and whatnot, so I wanted to make sure the Arduino itself could power about 1.5 to 2 meters of Led strips in at least 2 different strip configs (or whatever you want to call them).
I also am curious if there will be an issue programming each strip setup or, if it just is a little more work to get it setup?
Since this is a computer cause led setup, I'm not sure if I should go USB power, or a wall charger? What is the recommended approach for something like this?
I will definitely be reading up more tutorials and all that important stuff, but I want to buy the stuff now since I realized there's a cyber Monday deal going on, so I don't want to miss out...
Any help is appreciated, thank you!