As part of our Make: Arduino page, Riley Porter has posted a project that shows you how easy it is hook up a 7-segment LED display to your Arduino projects. This is the first, simplest method he explores. In a future project, he’ll show you more elegant solutions that don’t hog so many I/O pins.

And as with the RFID Reader project Riley posted, this is really a project stub. We’re hoping others who have used such displays on their ‘Duino projects will add their experiences, tips, images, etc. to the project. Make: Projects are living documents. Help them grow!

How to Drive a 7-Segment LED with an Arduino

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • Keith Holmes

    Where do you find the plexiglass covered board shown in the picture above?

    • riley porter


      Its a arduino case I made. I am going to be selling them on my webstore: soon. However I need to finish up a few things before I do so. I am glad you like it however :)

    • riley porter

      You can see more photos here: