DIY “Rings of Saturn” LED Pendant Light w/ Music Visualization Mode (controlled by Arduino)

I made this LED pendant light from plywood, LED strips, and flexible LED channel. Since I designed this for my living room, the music syncing had to be incognito. With this in mind, I used warm white / cool white / amber LED strips, instead of RGB strips. In solid white mode, the rings give off various shades of white for a sophisticated modern look that hides the wild side when you switch the light to music visualizer mode.

The build is fairly simple. Each of the two rings is made of a stack of three plywood rings, where the middle ring has a lesser radius to create a groove for the LEDs. The rings are simple to cut using a circle cutting jig and router. While I programmed an Arduino Mega to do music visualization based on input from a microphone, you can very easily buy an off-the-shelf music controller for individually controllable LEDs, which is basically plug n’ play for the LED strips.

Flexible LED Channel:

Walnut Plywood:

Circle Cutting Jig:

Dewalt Router:

Suspension Light kit:

Links to off-the-shelf LED controller and lights (this makes the mode switching, music syncing LEDs way easier to install), but note you’ll need a separate controller for each ring.

– LED Music Controller with Remote and power supply:

Use the above controller with one of the following three types of LED Strips:

– individually controllable warm white / cool white / amber (WWA) LED strips:

– Individually controllable temperature varying warm white LED strip:

– individually controllable RGB LED strip:

Links to LED Parts I used for the build:

SK6812 WWA Individually Controllable LED strips :

Arduino Mega Clone:

Electret Microphone:

RF receiver and remote:

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Very crude code for this project is here: