Hello LED Strip Gadgeteer module

The day before yesterday I showed how to use the button module. Today I’ll make some LEDs flash.

The Code

public partial class Program
    private static readonly int FirstLed = 0;
    private static readonly int LastLed = 6;
    private int _ledNumberToModify = FirstLed;

    // This method is run when the mainboard is powered up or reset.   
    void ProgramStarted()
        Debug.Print("Program Started");
        var timer = new GT.Timer(100);
        timer.Tick += timer_Tick;

    private void FlashAllLedsOnce()

    void timer_Tick(GT.Timer timer)
        if (_ledNumberToModify == LastLed) _ledNumberToModify = FirstLed;
        else _ledNumberToModify++;

All the code is on github, but the code above is where the magic happens.

I make use of 4 methods of the LED strip module.

The led_Strip.TurnAllLedsOff() and led_Strip.TurnAllLedsOn() are convenient ways to turn off and on all the LEDs at once.

The TurnLEDOff(int led) and TurnLEDOn(int led) does the same the TurnAllLedsOff() and TurnAllLedsOn() just for one specified LED (the first being 0 and the last 6.).

The API is not very consistent (spelling of LED is one example), but it can do what you need. Using the LED_Strip.SetBitmask(uint mask) method it is also possible to set multiple LEDs at once. However a look at the implementation of LED_Strip.SetBitmask(uint mask) reveals the following code:

/// <summary>
/// Sets the LEDs on the module to the value passed in.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="mask">The bit mask to set the LEDs to.</param>
public void SetBitmask(uint mask)
  if (mask > this.MAX_VALUE)
    throw new ArgumentOutOfRangeException();
  uint num = 1U;
  for (int led = 0; led < 7; ++led)
    if (((int) mask & (int) num) == (int) num)
    num <<= 1;

So we can see that internally LED_Strip.SetBitmask(uint mask) is using TurnLEDOff(int led) and TurnLEDOn(int led), so again you can do what you need with just those two methods.

The Result

The code flashes all LEDs once and then continues to flash the lights one by one from left to right.

This is what it looks like in a video: