In this article we present our first micropython example on a Raspberry Pi Pico, rather than just use the default example to flash an LED, we will connect an RGB led up to.
Tri-color LEDs contain three different LED emitters in one case. Each emitter is connected to a separate lead so they can be controlled independently. A four-lead arrangement is typical with one common lead (anode or cathode) and an additional lead for each color. Others, however, have only two leads (positive and negative) and have a built-in electronic controller.
I used an RGB LED module, I find this is easier than using a breadboard with an RGB led and required resistors
I used an expander with the raspberry pi pico fitted to it but you can quite easily connect and RGB led directly to the board with cables
|Raspberry Pi Pico||pimoroni|
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The schematics and layouts show 3 1K resistors, this is what my small module had built in. These are the individual components
I used the thonny IDE that supports Micropython on the Raspberry Pi Pico
The machine module is used to control on-chip hardware. This is standard on all MicroPython ports. Here we are using it to take control of a GPIO, so we can drive it high and low
We also include the utime module to bring in a basic delay
We then set the various pins to outputs like – red = Pin(18, Pin.OUT)
Now as we said this is a common anode rgb led, so to switch an individual led on you send a low (0) and to switch an led off you send a high (1). If you have a common cathode type the you need to reverse this.
So to switch the red led on you would send this – red.value(0)
To switch the red led off you would send this – red.value(1)
This first example switches all of the led off then back on again.
from machine import Pin import utime red = Pin(16, Pin.OUT) green = Pin(18, Pin.OUT) blue = Pin(20, Pin.OUT) while True: red.value(1) green.value(1) blue.value(1) utime.sleep(1) red.value(0) green.value(0) blue.value(0) utime.sleep(1)
This example switches the red led, green led and blue led off in sequence
from machine import Pin import utime red = Pin(16, Pin.OUT) green = Pin(18, Pin.OUT) blue = Pin(20, Pin.OUT) while True: red.value(1) green.value(1) blue.value(1) utime.sleep(1) red.value(0) green.value(1) blue.value(1) utime.sleep(1) red.value(1) green.value(0) blue.value(1) utime.sleep(1) red.value(1) green.value(1) blue.value(0) utime.sleep(1)
You can improve this for example by creating functions for the different led colours and maybe adding the other colours using different combinations of the red, green and blue values.