LED RGB Strip - Addressable, Sealed (1m)

Gone are the days that you have to worry about silicone weather proofing splitting and breaking on you! These are sealed addressable 1 meter long 5V RGB LED strips that come packed with 60 WS2812s per meter. Each of these strips are enclosed by a flexible silicon jacket with an IP65 waterproof rating to protect your precious WS2812 LEDs. You will be able to control each LED RGB individually giving you the ability to create cool lighting effects for your car, fish tank, 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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Dimensions

These are approximate dimensions. The flexible PCB is about 9.99mm wide and 1.83mm in height from the bottom of the flexible PCB to the top of the LED. With the LED RGB strip in the sealed silicon weather proof material, it is about 11.93mm wide and 3.48mm in height.


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Customer Comments

  • I’m trying to make a 1" interior diameter ring, does anyone know what the bend radius on this is?

  • Does anybody know where one can get the connectors on the ends of these strips? I’ve tried looking around here on Sparkfun, as well as some other component suppliers, but I can’t find the same 3-pin connectors that these strips have…

  • how many of these can you safely daisy chain together?

    • Theoretically, as many as your power supply can power and your Arduino has RAM for (if you’re using the NeoPixel Library).

  • What’s the width of the sealed strip?

  • Can anyone tell me why one end has an extra power and ground wire (in addition to the power, ground and data in the connector) and the other end does not?

    Is the end with the extra two wires the end that you connect to your microcontroller and power supply, or vice versa?

    • if you’re able to look closely enough, you will see arrows along the strip indicating which way the data flows along the strip (data can only run in one direction on this strip). you hook power and data from your microcontroller to one end of the strip only. the leads on the other side are for chaining to another strip or to single units. thus, you can leave one side unconnected to anything else if you’re using just the one strip. hope this helps.

  • Several questions come to mind: * Can these strips be used with the SparkFun PWM Shield? * Would using the PWM shield allow me to drive more/longer strips? * Would using the PWM shield rule out using the NEOPixel library?dd (I’m assuming the answer is yes)

    • No, the LEDs on here are WS2812, therefore you don’t need to drive them with PWM – they take care of all that internally. You simply send serial data down the string and they change colour and brightness automatically.

  • How flexible are these? Would they work in a wearables project, or would repeated movement break them easily?

    • They’re fairly fine if you don’t bend them too far, but the components might start to come off if they were bent too far.

  • Dimensions: The flexible PCB is about 9.99mm wide and 1.83mm in height from the bottom of the flexible PCB to the top of the LED. With the LED RGB strip in the sealed silicon weather proof material, it is about 11.93mm wide and 3.48mm in height.

  • What is the width of the strip, including the casing but not the endcaps? Thanks!

  • I just got these and I cannot seem to get them to work! Only the first “pixel” lights up and it is so dim that it is hard to see. What is my problem?

    • The timings on these can be a bit picky since they have no clock line. What kind of controller are you using? If it is an Arduino, give the Adafruit Neopixel guide and libraries a whirl (same IC as these)

      Also, be careful with power supplies, you can easily fry these guys when running off a mains power adaptor (The Adafruit guide covers that too) https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-neopixel-uberguide

  • I bought these so i can use them as a light in my garage. However i cant seem to get them to work. I have a solar charger providing 5v output, and i just need them to provide white light from that power source. What do i need to do without buying additional boards to get them to shine white light?

    • These need additional boards to produce white light.

    • In your code you should be able to write in something like this: void loop(){ colorWipe(strip.Color(255, 0, 0), 60); // Red colorWipe(strip.Color(0, 255, 0), 60); // Green colorWipe(strip.Color(0, 0, 255), 60); // Blue colorWipe(strip.Color(127,127,127),60); //White }

      You should be able to use the 127,127,127 to shine white light.

  • Would it be possible to use this strip in conjunction with an Arduino (and any additional ICs) to create a small POV display? Is there anything about it that would prevent it? like the speed etc?

    • We’re doing it on a bike wheel right now and it works perfectly fine for us, though there does seem to be a bug that randomly lights up some of the lights when the bike is stopped. We suspect it has nothing to do with the LEDs themselves, though.

  • Three questions, some of which were answered on an older page I can no longer find 1.) A linked video shows an Arduino powering an entire strip without an external power source. How many LED’s of how many strips could be powered by the Arduino without having to use an external power source? 2.) Which sparkfun product, if any should be used as an external power source, if one is needed. 3.) Will https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10363 connect to the connector for this product?

    • UH, the limit on most Arduinos is 140mA - each LED on the WS2812 can pull 20mA for a total of 60mA possible from each WS2812 - so, the limit is TWO LEDs. That might be why you aren’t finding the video any more, because it’s showing a great way to burn out your Arduino…

      • In the demo video they run a strip directly from an Arduino using the NeoPixel libs from Adafruit. I tried it at home with this LED strip and it worked fine. Am I going to burn out my Arduino? Demos and tutorials I’ve found for this strip use 5v, GND, and one data pin.

        • Remember that the 5V line going to the strip is not going through the Arduino, it’s simply drawing it from the same source as the Arduino (either USB or the power jack) so the individual pin limits have nothing to do with powering the LEDs themselves.

  • Demo Video: https://www.sparkfun.com/videos#all/lyXX5xsy1sA

  • Can these be cut and resealed into smaller strips?

    • Yes. If you look closely, there’s bare termination pads on either side of each ‘pixel’. Cut in between those to whatever length you require. If you’re going to use these outdoors or in some other humid environment, take care to properly seal it.. just a bit of heatshrink will not suffice.

  • Looks like the product video has been pulled.

Customer Reviews

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Very easy to work with

We’re using these strips for a Bike wheel POV lighting system and we have had no problems so far. Only thing that would be nice is a way to ensure waterproofing after cutting the strips, since we couldn’t use them at their 1M length for this project. The neopixel library in combo with an arduino work great, very satisfied.

I love these things

These LEDs are awesome! They are bright as hell and the code to control them is pretty straight forward. Fun!

Works Out of the Box

The lights worked great (the package said to use 5V but that was too much, 3.3V works). Used the neopixel library which was already ported to the spark pixel. Very professional. Plenty of examples and explanations on how to use the code.

seems to work very well

you can program the individual led units however you want. the strip is very flexible. i haven’t tested it in rough environments but the weatherproofing does seem to be of good quality. note: the strip i received had a 3m adhesive backing (glue already on with peel-off), which can be either a big plus if your project requires it or a big minus if your project is better off without it.

Much more awesome than I expected!

I just love this chain of lights with fantastic colors. Beautiful and easy to use, especially with the hookup tutorial that comes with this product!

Solid.

Works exactly as I expected and is very easy to program with an Arduino, especially when using the available libraries.