These are bare addressable 1 meter long 5V RGB LED strips that come packed with 60 WS2812s per meter. As these are bare LED strips that have no protective coating, your project won't be water proof but there is access to each WS2812 LED and each strip length can be easily modified. You will be able to control each LED RGB individually giving you the ability to create cool lighting effects for your car or perhaps under cabinet lighting in your kitchen!
Note: These come in 1m segments on a reel. They are preterminated with 0.1" spaced 3-pin connectors as well as a 2 wire power connector, as shown in the pictures.
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Excellent LED strip. It lacks an adhesive backing, but as long as you plan for that, then it's fine. BTW, a GREEN wire for data and YELLOW for ground? Seriously??
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These LEDs were really easy to use with Adafruits NEOpixel library. It made it wildly easy to get up and running in all sorts of ways. The LED's themselves are stupid bright. Almost a bit much when you're looking at them, but that's not a bad thing. I used them in a project where the spacing tolerance was super critical and since they were soldered together at one point it threw my spacing completely. I ended up having to cut a new piece of acrylic to make up for the solder joint. It would be nice if the 1m lengths were sold as one solid non broken segment.
Used to like the single RGB LEDs right up until I had to use almost 100 of them and then I started looking for an easier fix. I do recommend getting the mux/demux or https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9056 if you want to do multiple short strings. This is purfect for my project.
I bought this strip because I was making an embedded project that needed to run off of a battery and I wanted addressable strips to make cool blinking patterns. Due to size restrictions, I wanted to use the arduino pro mini to control the LEDs. I also ended up wanting to control over 100 LEDs. Needless to say, this draws a fair amount of current (I'm trying to limit it to about 2Amps by not putting the LEDs at full brightness), which is more than the pro mini's voltage regulator is rated for. If you also want to use this for an embedded application, then you will need a lot of current, and you may need a separate power supply board to supply that current.
Used 2 of these in a wordclock project. Even with cutting into smaller strips and soldering together, worked fine. Not a single bad LED out of 120! Compatible with the Adafruit neopixel library out of the box and I love that you only need 1 pin to control it! Crazy good :)
They work very well. No problems at all.