I recently blogged about setting up my Raspberry Pi to use the GPIO on my OpenELEC operating system. Once I got it set up, it was time to create my first project. The basic project that is demonstrated on the official Raspberry Pi site is to light up an LED (light emitting diode). I used this basic tutorial to get it up and running and followed these coding instructions to light it up.

I didn't have any LEDs or a breadboard, so I purchased this starter kit from Sunfounder. The kit contains a lot of other great parts and tutorials to create more complex projects that I'm hoping to do in the near future.

After I had the first LED working, it was time to advance the project and apply what I had learned with one LED to many. To keep it simple, I began by adding two additional LEDs (yellow and green).