PowerSpijk-S Lighting Effect Controller Instructions

This document describes in detail the operating instructions for our PowerSpijk-S micro lighting effect controller.

This modular controller is designed to work with our Power Functions Power Source v1.5 for the Brickstuff LEGO® Lighting System (SKU SEED06+).  The controller receives the output from the power source and converts it into lighting effects that are controlled depending on the Power Functions controller port the SEED06+ is connected to.

There are seven lighting effects programmed into the PowerSpijk-S controller:

  1. Variable brightness forward/reverse.

  2. Switched forward/reverse (full brightness)— directional headlights with one light on even when stopped.

  3. Switched forward/reverse (full brightness)— directional headlights with lights off when stopped.

  4. Vehicle lights 1: one light is the brake light (bright when stopped, dim when driving forward/backward) and the other light is the reverse light (on when reversing).

  5. Vehicle lights 2: flashing turn signals depending on left/right steering.

  6. On/off switch allows two lights to be controlled by one PF output: forward once = forward light turns on and stays on.  Reverse = reverse light turns on/stays on.  Repeat to turn off.

  7. Like #6 but with dual brightness (one forward motion = light on dim; second forward motion = light on bright; third forward motion = light off).  Same for reverse.

The illustration below describes the main components and connections on the PowerSpijk-S circuit board:

 

To set the active lighting effect, press the white button on the PowerSpijk-S controller while power is on.  The blue light on the controller board will flash a number of times (1-7) to indicate which effect has been selected.  This setting is maintained even when power is switched off.

Connecting

To operate, the PowerSpijk-S controller needs to be connected to a SEED06+ power supply, which has a standard LEGO® Power Functions input connector.  This connector can be attached to any output of a LEEGO® infrared receiver, a PFx Brick, an SBrick, or a BuWizz receiver.  One of the main advantages of this system is that it works with every major controller that is compatible with the LEGO® Power Functions system.

This diagram shows the main connections and which components are required:

The PowerSpijk-S controller supports a large number of lights, so you can use it to control lights on your largest vehicle setups.

The controller also has an "always on" output, labeled "ON" on the main circuit board, that can be used to power lights that do not need to be controlled by Power Functions input.

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