- LEDs aren't dimmable the way incandescents are, so how do you control mix?
- Finding LEDs of all three colors in the same output is nearly impossible.
For the second catch, I pored over catalogs and websites trying to find matching LEDs. I did find them more than once, but it was always coming out too expensive. I mean, I was blown away by the idea, but not to the tune of $10! (Maybe I should have called this blog "The Cheap Bastard".)
I actually do already have all three colors, but the single blue LED I have is a trillion times brighter than any of the others. Really, it's blinding. I could have just bought a new blue to match the low-level reds and greens I have, but what power are they? Is there any way to figure that out, maybe from power consumption?
Finally I realized I could just use a bunch of reds and greens and also cut the blue's power in half (i.e. never get the PWM duty cycle above 50%) and it comes out all right. Mostly. The blue is still too powerful and swamps the blue-green transition.
Why is the green almost invisible in the video? Is the CCD in the camera less sensitive to green? Is the green really a lot less powerful and my eyes just adjust to it?