I'm working on a project where I want to have christmas lights (or LED strips if needed) react to music. In this case, the end goal is to have them pulse to the beats/bass of the music. There's a lot of LED strips that come in kits where there's a microphone that listens to the music but this doesnt work for me for a few reasons- 1) seems cheesy 2) doesnt give me just the bass and 3) I'd prefer a hard-wired solution.
There's a lot of solutions on youtube where people hack in to their speakers and simply power the lights from the signal being sent to the subwoofer in the speaker. This works, but I can only drive a small number of lights this way AND this is also highly dependent on the volume of the music. Another approach is to build a SSR (solid state relay) based circuit like this but the problem here is that i'm not looking to do any high voltage wiring myself (Just an EE student here) due to the fact im not comfortable with it and I don't know anyone who really is.
I thought of the idea to purchase an audio amplifier (Or I guess I could make one with a transistor and POTs) that would normally drive a set of speakers and instead have it drive my lights. I know it would put out a lot of power I wouldnt need, but I can adjust this using the gain controllers on the amp (power efficiency isnt the goal here- overkill is acceptable). Would this even work? Fundamentally I think this would work, but am I missing something? -perhaps resistive load issues