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Digital RGB LED Weatherproof Strip 32 LED - (1m)

SKU: ADA306

$45.11 AUD, inc GST

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Digital RGB LED Weatherproof Strip 32 LED - (1m)
45.11 AUD

SKU: ADA306

$45.11 AUD, inc GST
100 units ship in 4 to 6 days (delivered by Mon, 12th of Dec)
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These LED strips are fun and glowy. There are 32 RGB LEDs per meter, and you can control each LED individually! Yes, that's right, this is the digitally-addressable type of LED strip. You can set the color of each LED's red, green and blue component with 7-bit PWM precision (so 21-bit color per pixel). The LEDs are controlled by shift-registers that are chained up down the strip so you can shorten or lengthen the strip. Only 2 digital output pins are required to send data down. The PWM is built into each chip so once you set the color you can stop talking to the strip and it will continue to PWM all the LEDs for you.

Adafruit used to carry the HL1606 chipset LED strip - this is the most common strip you'll find being made. The good news about the HL1606 is that it is low cost and well understood. The bad news is that the HL1606 doesn't have PWM which means you can only set the LEDs on or off. If you want any more colors than that you have to write to the strip by hand to PWM it - a big pain and requires a lot of CPU and doesn't look as good as it ought to! Adafruit wanted to upgrade the strip so they had the factory make Adafruit an upgraded version using the LPD8806. This chip has built in 1.2 MHz high speed 7-bit PWM for each channel - that means it can do 21-bit color per LED (way more than the eye can easily discern). Once you set the brightness level for the LEDs, your microcontroller can go off and do other things, no need to continuously update it, or clock it. The best part is that compared to the WS2801 which can only run one LED at a time, this chip can drive 2 RGB LEDs which means the price stays the same as the older HL1606 strip, nice!

The strip is made of flexible PCB material, and comes with a weatherproof sheathing. You can cut this stuff pretty easily with wire cutters, there are cut-lines every 2.5"/6.2cm (2 LEDs each). Solder to the 0.1" copper pads and you're good to go. Of course, you can also connect strips together to make them longer, just watch how much current you need! Adafruit have a 5V/2A supply that should be able to drive 1 or more meters (depending on use) and a 5V/10A supply that can drive 5 meters (or more, if you are not lighting up all the LEDs at once) You must use a 5V DC power supply to power these strips, do not use higher than 6V or you will destroy the entire strip

They come in 5 meter reels with a 4-pin JST SM connector on each end. These strips are sold by the meter! If you buy 5m at a time, you'll get full reels with two connectors. If you buy less than 5m, you'll get a single strip, but it will be a cut piece from a reel which may or may not have a connector on it.

To wire up these strips we suggest picking up some JST SM plug and receptacle cables. If you want to connect to the input of a 5 meter cable (to wire it to power and a microcontroller) please use the plug connector. If you want to connect to the output, use the receptacle cable. If you are getting a less-than-5 meter strip, you'll probably want one plug and receptacle set to make it easy to connect and disconnect.
 
Technical Specifications
Technical specs (newer LPD8806 type):
  • 16.5mm (0.65") wide, 4mm (0.16") thick with casing on, 62.5mm (2.45") long per segment
  • 32 LEDs per meter
  • Removable IP65 weatherproof casing
  • Maximum 5V @ 120mA draw per 2.5" strip segment (all LEDs on full brightness)
  • 5VDC power requirement (do not exceed 6VDC) - no polarity protection
  • 2 common-anode RGB LEDs per segment, individually controllable
  • LED wavelengths: 630nm/530nm/475nm
  • Connector: 4-pin JST SM
Technical specs (older HL1606 type):
  • 19mm (0.75") wide, 4.5mm (0.18") thick with casing on, 62.5mm (2.45") long per segment
  • 32 LEDs per meter
  • Removable IP65 weatherproof casing
  • Maximum 5V @ 120mA draw per 2.5" strip segment (all LEDs on full brightness)
  • 5VDC power requirement (do not exceed 6VDC) - no polarity protection
  • 2 common-anode RGB LEDs per segment, individually controllable
  • LED wavelengths: 630nm/530nm/475nm
  • HL1606 LED controller chip with 'SPI'-like protocol (Chinese Datasheet) They also have a link to the english datasheet but since the pinout is incorrect Adafruit don't know how trustworthy it is. YMMV
Arduino library for the NEWER LPD8806-based strip
Arduino library for the OLDER HL1606-based LED strip (on/off only)
Arduino library for the OLDER HL1606-based LED strip (basic PWM control)

HL1606 LED controller chip with 'SPI'-like protocol (Chinese Datasheet) They also have a link to the english datasheet but since the pinout is incorrect Adafruit don't know how trustworthy it is. YMMV. Remember, this is for the OLDER LED strip! Adafruit will try to get a LPD8806 datasheet up as soon as Adafruit can (we have to translate it from Chinese!)

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Documentation and Resources:
  • What Are NeoPixel LEDs?
  • So in case you haven’t heard yet, digital LEDs are the go-to solution for any project that uses RGB LEDs and you want to avoid the rat's nest that ensures when using multiple RGB LEDs, each colour requiring its own connection. Digital...
  • What Are DotStar LEDs?
  • So in case you haven’t heard yet, digital LEDs are the go-to solution for any project that uses RGB LEDs and you want to avoid the rat's nest that ensures when using multiple RGB LEDs, each colour requiring its own connection. Digitally address...
  • All About LEDs
  • Hello and welcome to our tutorial where we a look at all things LED. Now first of all, what is an LED? LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and is an electronic component used to convert electrical energy to light energy. This process is called electr...

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