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Lesson 3 Flowing LED Lights


In this lesson, we will learn how to make eight LEDs blink in various effects as you want based on Raspberry Pi.


- 1* Raspberry Pi

- 1* Breadboard

- 8* LED

- 8* Resistor (220Ω)

- Jumper wires



Set GPIO0-GPIO7 to low level in turn by programming, and then LED0-LED7 will light up in turn. You can make eight LEDs blink in different effects by controlling their delay time and the order of lighting up.

Experimental Procedures

Step 1: Build the circuit


For C language users:

Step 2: Change directory

cd /home/pi/Sunfounder_SuperKit_C_code_for_RaspberryPi/03_8Led/

Step 3: Compile

       gcc 8Led.c -o 8Led -lwiringPi

Step 4: Run

       sudo ./8Led

For Python users:

Step 2: Change directory

cd /home/pi/Sunfounder_SuperKit_ Python_code_for_RaspberryPi/

Step 3: Run

           sudo python

Then you will see eight LEDs brighten and dim left to right and right to left circularly,just like flowing water.


Further Exploration

You can write the blinking effects of LEDs in an array. If you want to use one of these effects, you can call it in the main() function directly.

C Code

#include <wiringPi.h>
#include <stdio.h>

//make led_n on
void led_on(int n)
	digitalWrite(n, LOW);

//make led_n off
void led_off(int n)
	digitalWrite(n, HIGH);

int main(void)
	int i;

	if(wiringPiSetup() == -1){ //when initialize wiring failed,print messageto screen
		printf("setup wiringPi failed !");
		return 1; 

		printf("linker LedPin : GPIO %d(wiringPi pin)\n",i); //when initialize wiring successfully,print message to screen

	for(i=0;i<8;i++){       //make 8 pins' mode is output
		pinMode(i, OUTPUT);

		for(i=0;i=0;i--){  //make led off from right to left

	return 0;


#!/usr/bin/env python
import RPi.GPIO as GPIO
import time

pins = [11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22, 7]

def setup():
	GPIO.setmode(GPIO.BOARD)        # Numbers GPIOs by physical location
	for pin in pins:
		GPIO.setup(pin, GPIO.OUT)   # Set all pins' mode is output
		GPIO.output(pin, GPIO.HIGH) # Set all pins to high(+3.3V) to off led

def loop():
	while True:
		for pin in pins:
			GPIO.output(pin, GPIO.LOW)	
			GPIO.output(pin, GPIO.HIGH)
		for pin in reversed(pins):
			GPIO.output(pin, GPIO.LOW)
			GPIO.output(pin, GPIO.HIGH)

def destroy():
	for pin in pins:
		GPIO.output(pin, GPIO.HIGH)    # turn off all leds
	GPIO.cleanup()                     # Release resource

if __name__ == '__main__':     # Program start from here
	except KeyboardInterrupt:  # When 'Ctrl+C' is pressed, the child program destroy() will be  executed.


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