Finally got LIRC to work, verified that the LED lights up when "irsend SEND_ONCE /home/pi/tvon.conf KEY_POWER" is sent, but unfortunately the signals are not getting to the devices. Tried to record, and re-record a couple of different devices/ config files but neither of them turned on or off. I put the LED right next to the receiver on the devices as well to confirm it wasn't a range issue. Sort of at a loss here now though, not sure what steps to take to try and make sure the IR codes are correct since I've already recorded them twice with the same results. Hoping someone can steer me in the right direction.
Purchased these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EF ... UTF8&psc=1
and I essentially hooked them up using this wiring: https://cdn.instructables.com/F04/OYYA/ ... .LARGE.jpg
Tried switching it from 3.3v to 5v too and still nothing. Also hooked up my Arduino with an IR receiver and put it in front of the IR LED after running irsend SEND_START /home/pi/tvon.conf KEY_POWER and the receiver lights up so the signal is definitely getting out, its just not translating to my AC or TV for some reason. Receiver stopped responding once I had it about a foot or so away from the LED, but again, I put the LED right up to the TV and it did nothing. Thanks for any help.