I am planning an art piece using recycled Vape LiPo batteries to power a wireless, synchronised lighting installation of neopixel strips, and I am finding it hard to choose which boards to buy as there are so many options. I wish to have approx 20 wireless nodes each with a strip of addressable LEDs, and was wondering what ecosystem to go with for receiving my wireless DMX signals (probably E1.131) sent from my RPi400 via a Router.
I would like to keep the cost as low as possible, so am looking at boards in the $15-$25 region.
The Pico W looks good, but I’m wondering if I really need all that computing power for simply performing the following:
- Board powered from LiPo cell
- receive synchronised signals over WiFi and distribute to Neopixel strip (powered by separate batteries of sufficient power)
- Low power/standby mode during daytime (Ambient light sensor on master Pi)
There are many great tutorials on this site for both Pi Pico and ESP32/ESP8266 Boards, and I can’t seem to figure out the pros & cons between the two ecosystems.
The lower the cost per wireless node, the bigger and cooler the installation can be, so that is my main consideration. Budget is approx $500
Which ecosystem should I go with, and why?
Thanks in advance!