The simplest way to set up software for Lightberry is to buy SD card from us. If you did that, just skip the rest of this section.
Before the led strip is mounted on TV or in other place, it is recommended to connect all parts together and see if everything seems to be working fine. We test every single kit before it is shipped, but it happens that hardware gets broken during transportation. It will be easier to put everything back to the box if the strip was not mounted on TV yet.
Please connect all parts together with power supply of Raspberry and leds unplugged from wall socket.
Together with Lightberry you should have receive connection schema for all elements, but even without it, connecting all parts together is very easy. We design all elements in a way that there is only one possibility to connect, i.e. you wont be able to put a plug in a place where it doesn’t belong.
Once Lightberry components are connected, connect PSU cable into AC wall socket
Power on Raspberry Pi
Shortly after powering on, startup sequence of the leds should be displayed – all leds should turn red, then green and blue (each color for about half a second). If that works, move on to the next step. If not, contact us.
The software, which drives Lightberry is Hyperion. It has dedicated HyperCon tool to configure it, but most of the users do not require such level of details, thus we provide Kodi plugin to configure Lightberry in the easiest way possible.
Once Raspberry is started, KODI menu should apear on the TV screen (make sure you have right HDMI input selected on TV to the one where raspberry is connected to).
Use your TV remote (make sure you swich it to CEC mode (aka Anynet+ (Samsung); Aquos Link (Sharp); BRAVIA Link and BRAVIA Sync (Sony); Kuro Link (Pioneer); CE-Link and Regza Link (Toshiba); SimpLink (LG); VIERA Link (Panasonic); EasyLink (Philips))) and navigate to „Programs” section
When list of plugins shows up, select „Hyperion Config Plugin” and start it by pushing ok/enter on the remote.
Configuration wizard will start and guide you through the setup. Few important sections are described later in this document.
In first step you will be asked to provide type of Lightberry you have. You can check the type of your Lightberry on the order receipt which you received over email after purchasing Lightberry (most likely you purchased Lightberry HD USB (APA102)). Select right type and move to the next steps.
In the next steps you provide number of leds you have in horizontal and vertical direction (count only one edge per direction). If you configure for test (before mounting on tv), put 35 for horizontal and 35 for vertical direction. It will be enough to light up the whole strip. Once done, continue to the next step.
You will be prompted if you’d like to download recommended settings for the type of leds you selected. By default, the config plugin should have best settings for APA102.
If you select yes, then the settings will be downloaded and any settings you could have made via plugin settings, will be overwritten. Settings include things like color balance, smoothing and a few other parameters.
Your pi must be connected to the internet if you want to download the defaults.
Next, you can select direction of how the leds are mounted on TV (when standing in front of tv). Recommended way is „Right/bottom corner and goes up”. For testing, it is safe to select the recommended option.
Last step worth to mention here is grabber detection. If you want to use Lightberry with external video source ( i.e. via HDMI Kit), the plugin should report that grabber has been found and it will ask you whether appropriate section should be added to the config file. Select „yes” in such case.
Screenshot shows the message when grabber was NOT connected, thus not detected. If that’s expected, continue by clicking ok – if not, contact us.
Now Hyperion will be restarted and rainbow swirl effect should appear on the leds strip. If that happens, confirm you saw it and continue to the „calibration image”. For 10 seconds, 4 color rectangles will show iup on the screen. You can check if your leds are properly aligned. If everything was fine, select „yes” to have config saved as default one.
If you’re mounting the strip on TV, we strongly advice to take of the TV from the wall or TV stand and place it screen downwards on soft and flat Surface and then proceed with next steps. Mounting the strip/hooks on TV attached to the wall or on TV stand may cause injury and/or damage of your TV and potentially other unpleasant side-effects which one should avoid at all cost.
We recommend that you use 2 hooks on each corner – one for vertical part of the strip, the other one for horizontal.
Once you know the place where the strip will be bended (do not bend it on sharp edges!), use the rubber block to keep the strip in place (no need to peel of silicone paper from the led strip).
Repeat the same steps for all corners. Use remaining hooks to support the strip, especially on horizontal edges. Make sure that the hook’s top does not interfere with the light from the led (place the hook between the leds)
When mounting, make sure that the strip is not too tense – tension may cause the hooks to fall off