This will be the easiest Raspberry Pi GPIO LED project ever. If you follow this guide it should take less than 20 minutes to setup and have running. The goal of this project is to get a single LED light blinking based on a Python program running on a Raspberry Pi. In order to do this you will need to use the GPIO pins (the gold colored ones near the SD card and S-video) on the Raspberry Pi. This article will go over materials needed, how to setup the hardware and example software code. This project is meant to be simple for Noobs.
This Post is originally from Tech4Noobs.com
Step 1: Materials Needed
Raspberry Pi and all of the basics – Everything needed to get the Raspberry Pi up and running can be found in the Raspberry Pi is an Amazing Small Learning Computer and Starting the Raspberry Pi for the First Time is Easy Articles previously published on this website. These articles will show you were to buy all of the Raspberry Pi basics and how to get it up and running with Raspbian.
Additional Electronics Needed – Below is a list of items you will need for this project. If you do not have these items lying around the house there are also product links on kits we bought and liked on Tech4Noobs.com.
Jumper wires or leads (male to female) – These are cheap small wires to connect the GPIO pins to the breadboard. If you are just starting out we suggest getting male to female leads for easy connection to the Pi. This is what we bought for $9. Foxnovo 3pcs 20cm Multicolored 40-pin Male to Female /Male to Male /Female to Female Breadboard Jumper Wires Ribbon Cables
Additional Resistors – These are cheap and you can never have enough if you plan to do some projects. E-Projects – 400 Piece, 16 Value Resistor Kit (10 Ohm – 1M Ohm)
A Starter Kit – Might be the easiest way to go instead of buying a bunch of things individually.
For more detail: Easy Project – Control an LED Light with Python Using a Raspberry Pi