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Adafruit DotStar LED Strip - APA102 Warm White - 144 LED/m - ~3000K - One Meter

SKU: ADA2437

$125.95 AUD, inc GST
$114.50 AUD, exc GST

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Adafruit DotStar LED Strip - APA102 Warm White - 144 LED/m - ~3000K - One Meter
125.95 AUD

SKU: ADA2437

$125.95 AUD, inc GST
$114.50 AUD, exc GST
In stock, with a short lead time. 111 units dispatch in 4 to 7 days (in addition to the shipping method you choose). Our timing and stock is accurate. Delivery to you by Mon, 30th of Oct with Express Post within Australia.

Move over NeoPixels, there's a new LED strip in town! These fancy new DotStar LED strips are a great upgrade for people who have loved and used NeoPixel strips for a few years but want something even better. DotStar LEDs use generic 2-wire SPI, so you can push data much faster than with the NeoPixel 800 KHz protocol and there's no specific timing required. They also have much higher PWM refresh rates, so  you can do Persistence-of-Vision (POV) and have less flickering, particularly at low brightness levels.

Make your own smart Warm White LED arrangement with the same integrated LED driver that is used in Adafruit's new fancy DotStar strips.  Unlit, the color resembles an egg yolk. Lit up these are insanely bright (like ow my eye hurts) and can be controlled with 24 bit high-frequency PWM. The phosphor helps diffuse the 3 white dies inside together for a very bright but consistant light, compared to what you get by trying to mix RGB to make white (which never quite looks right)

However, unlike NeoPixels, these LEDs have 2 wires (input and output) for sending data - one clock pin and one data pin. That means you need two pins, not one, to control DotStars. Because the clock and data is separated, you can use any processor speed or type to control these strips, and you don't have to worry about being careful with the timing. Hardware SPI support is handy but not required. This makes them excellent for use with any microcontroller or microprocessor, including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Propeller, SparkCore, and any 'raw' microcontrollers/microprocessors. It's very easy to port the library, and you can send data to the pixels at up to 32MHz clock rate!

They're also a great upgrade for people who have loved and used NeoPixels for a few years but want to use the same kind of technology for monochromatic lighting. DotStar LEDs use generic 2-wire SPI, so you can push data much faster than with the NeoPixel 800 KHz protocol and there's no specific timing required. They also have much higher PWM refresh rates, so you can do Persistence-of-Vision (POV) and have less flickering, particularly at low brightness levels.

This is a full meter of the 144 LED-per-meter version of Adafruit's DotStar strips, on white flex PCB. We also have this in Cool White and RGB full color

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 1 LED. 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 4A power supply that can drive a half meter or meter, a 5V/10A supply that can drive a couple meters (depending on use) You must use a 5V DC power supply to power these strips, do not use higher than 6V or you can destroy the entire strip

This strip comes as a single full meter with a 4-pin JST SM connector on each end. If you buy multiples, you will get multiple 1 meter strips, they will not come on a continuous strip! To wire up these strips we suggest picking up some JST SM plug and receptacle cables for the signal wires  For the power wires, you will also probably want a 2.1mm DC jack to wire in so you can connect one of Adafruit's 5V wall adapters to power it.

Adafruit have a tutorial showing wiring, power usage calculations, example code for usage, etc. Please check it out!

Technical Details

The manufacturer of the APA102C smart LED used in this strip used to be GRB order, and has changed in 2015 to have BRG color order. This means if you are using Adafruit's DotStar library, you'll need to change the initialization to tell it which you are using. Check the tutorial for details on how to do this! The LED colors are otherwise identical, you just have to pipe the data to it in a slightly different order.

  • Width (with weatherstripping): 14mm / 0.55"
  • Width (w/o weatherstripping): 12.7mm / 0.5"
  • Thickness (with weatherstripping):  4mm / 0.16"
  • 144 LEDs per meter
  • Pixel Pitch: 7mm / 0.3"
  • Operating Temperature: -40°C - 40°C
  • Storage Temperature: -10°C - 50°C

APA102C Datasheet 

Note: Strips come with 4 solder points per segment, but the arrangement may vary depending on the supplier, so please check when soldering/powering!

  • Single LED: 5mm x 5mm / 0.2" x 0.2"
  • Adafruit don't have any more specifics about this particular LED other than it is ~3000K color temp and seems to have 3 white LEDs in place of the normal Red/Green/Blue
Documentation and Resources:
  • 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...

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