Raspberry Pi: Push-button + One(1) LED

 2020-04-26 2 minute read 0 Comments #raspberry pi

This was my first attempt at getting a push-button to turn on an LED light with my Raspberry Pi w/Pi Cobbler setup.

I had a lot of fun putting the bits and pieces together, and I hope you enjoy reading about it!

I did a lot of Google searching to find a good example (Reading and writing from GPIO ports from Python). I followed the instructions to help with the wiring and used interactive python to test the wiring setup. The one problem with the tutorial is that the python is missing a few bits. When creating the python function, my_callback(). The function is missing the ever so important my_callback(self). Feel free to check out my code later on in this post.

Note: Never use the 5v power coming off the Raspberry Pi Cobbler for an input back to the Cobbler. The Pi is only designed to accept 3.3v of power. I used pins 25 and 4. Pin 4 is used for the input for when the button is pressed, and 25 is used to provide the LED with power.

The code below is very CPU intensive because of the while loop. There is such a thing as GPIO.wait_for_edge(CHANNEL), but if you add an event, such as I did with GPIO.add_event_detect(CHANNEL, GPIO.BOTH, callback=my_callback), the script will not run because it does not like both of those methods being used together.

To decrease the amount of CPU usage, linux has a nice command that you can set the priority of the script. For example, nice 18 ./raspi-push-button.py will run the script at a run priority of 18. Run priority levels are from -20 to 19. The lower the nice value means the higher priority; so -20 is the highest priority, and positive 19 is the lowest run priority.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import RPi.GPIO as GPIO

def my_callback(self):
    GPIO.output(25, GPIO.input(4))

GPIO.setup(4, GPIO.IN, pull_up_down=GPIO.PUD_DOWN)
GPIO.setup(25, GPIO.OUT, initial=GPIO.LOW)
GPIO.add_event_detect(4, GPIO.BOTH, callback=my_callback)
run = 1
while (run != 0):
    except KeyboardInterrupt:
        run = 0
        print 'KeyboardInterrupt caught'
print 'EXITED!'

Also available here, raspi-push-button.

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Raspberry Pi: Push-button + Two(2) LEDs that Toggle

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This project is about adding an additional LED light to the Raspberry Pi: Push-button + One(1) LED post, and having the push-button toggle the LED lights. I used one red and one blue LED.

The desired result, toggle on/off of the two LEDs with the push of a button; if the red light is on then the blue is off, and vice versa.

Let's see how this goes...

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