Raspberry Pi - LED Brightness

For this example, we'll be using an LED on a Raspberry Pi board, and modifying it's brightness to make it fade in and out. Before we start, make sure you've got the cylon-raspi module installed.

Let's start by importing Cylon:

var Cylon = require('cylon');

Once we've got that, we can start defining our robot:


We'll be using a Raspberry Pi as our connection. As well, we'll let our robot know about the LED we'll be modifying, on pin #11 of the Raspberry Pi.

  connections: {
    raspi: { adaptor: 'raspi' }

  devices: {
    led: { driver: 'led', pin: 11 }

Next up, we'll define our robot's work:

  work: function(my) {

We'll set some variables here: brightness will represent the LED's brightness, from 1-255, and 'fade' will be the brightness change on each tick.

    var brightness = 0,
        fade = 5;

Every 50 milliseconds, we'll be incrementing the brightness by fade's value, setting the LED to that brightness, and reversing fade's value if brightness hits 0 or 255.

    every(0.05.seconds(), function() {
      brightness += fade;
      if ((brightness === 0) || (brightness === 255)) { fade = -fade; }

And with that done, we can now start our robot.