Very cool - or warm, as the seasons would have you believe right now !
Glad you have a good outlook on the strips of LEDs. Yep, it’s a learning experience ! FYI Little Bird have the WS2812 strips, waterproof, http://littlebirdelectronics.com/products/led-rgb-strip-addressable-sealed-5m and they have 10% off today.
PM me your address, I have a xmas gift I’ll send your way - retro Netmf ! (just a bare bones CANxtra, no case or LCD)