LCD Display with Backlight

There is a tutorial and code on the Arduino site on how to  use a 74HC595 shift register  to control a LCD Display here  The Garden Station project uses a modified version of this library which adds the facility to add a second shift register for a second set of outputs, which I used to control the LED statuses.  I’ve also used the QC pin to control the backlight via a MOSFET.   As part of this I added a few extra methods (void setSecondPins(uint8_t secondPins),backlightOn() and  backlightOff() ).   The code is checked into github:-

The garden station code has also been updated to use this code.