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Description: These circular LED displays are a lot of fun. Essentially, these are what you would get if you could 'wrap' one of our LED bargraphs around a circle. They consist of 16 green LEDs arranged so that each quarter of the circle has a common ground and four anode pins, resulting in 20 pins total on the device. Because they're simply a bunch of cleverly packaged LEDs, they're just as easy to use as our LED bargraphs. These are great for indicating the position of a rotary encoder!


  • 16 Green LEDs
  • Max Forward Voltage: 3.6V
  • Dominant Wavelength: 535nm
  • Continuous Forward Current: 25mA


Comments 16 comments

  • SO I wonder, are we ever going to see a version of this with RGB LEDs installed? For example, make a temp gague or something, and as it heats up colors shift from blue to green to yellow to red to flashing or other silly things like that.

  • Is there EVER going to be a 12 led version?

    • As per Mike’s.. just use 2 LEDs (appears as 4 bars), or 1 of 2, for e.g. the 3, 6, 9 and 12 hours, you can place a custom mask over top to make it appear as being 12 segments. (As it is, this mask has 32 segments)

      I did start design on a circular LED assembly once, allowing various configurations (multiples of 3, 4 and 5, specifically) and an open center (space for uC, rotary encoder, etc.) to be soldered by hand, but never finished it. My backlight just died, so I’m not likely to finish it now, either :) Getting it manufactured in quantity would be a bigger challenge.. Soldering teensy SMD LEDs by hand gets tedious. Maybe once things are up and running again.

      There’s probably some cheap 12-LED watches available for cheap somewhere that you might be able to yoink the display from, too.

    • Not unless we find that part. :( But these do work nicely for clocks, they just are on 16 divisions instead of 12.

      • What about something like this one by Seeed? (24 white SMD leds, no mask)

  • holly ROCK AND ROLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

  • Someone tell me how to right one of these up to a mini photocell or lilypad light sensor so that it roughly measures the amount of light coming in. Is it possible?

  • What is the current draw of this with all the leds on, does each led add 25ma draw? aka, would all of them on draw 400ma?

  • I really wish the pins were breadboard compatible. If there are pcbs with the zig-zag
    kind of hole arrangement, please let me know.

  • This is awesome! I like the fact that the LEDS are individually addressable - I’ve been wanting to make a solid-state version of a tuning eye tube.

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