Internet Button: let there be light (tutorial #2)


Turning leds on and displaying light patterns.

You can use Particle’s mobile app to light the small built-in led on Photon (the chip). There’s a guide here. It actually worked and the led turned blue. But we have an Internet Button with 11 large and bright LEDs. Those are the ones we want to light up!

Particle released a C++ library that handles much of the interaction with the Internet Button hardware components. That lib is publicly available on GitHub and includes a bunch of useful examples. Lighting up a led becomes as easy as ledOn(LED, red, green, blue).

First you need to include that library:

  1. Go to Particle GitHub.
  2. Download InternetButton.cpp and InternetButton.h files.
  3. Move them to a folder on your project’s repo (I used a libs folder).
  4. Add at the top of your .ino file this line #include "InternetButton.h".

And now you’re ready to use their helper functions.

void loop(){
    InternetButton b = InternetButton();

    // The format here is (LED, red, green, blue),
    // so we're making a color with no red or green, but ALL blue
    // You should know that the range of brightness here is 0-255,
    // so 0 is off and 255 is the most possible.
    b.ledOn(6, 0, 0, 255);

    // Since the LED is now on, let's have it stay that way for one second
    // Delay pauses the code for the amount of time given, in milliseconds- so 1000 millis is one whole second

    // To blink the LED, we need to turn it back off and then pause

To blink all leds green in a one second interval use the code below:

void loop(){


Other libraries can be found through this method.