Description: We know this looks like a lot of our other LEDs, but it’s not! This is a PTH Addressable RGB LED with a WS2812 control IC built right into the LED. This PTH version is incredibly similar to its SMD cousin, except it is a lot simpler to solder into your project and is in a clear 5mm package. This RGB LED has the control IC moved into the actual LED, so we wanted to offer this amazing product to you! They’re great when you need a lot of color from not a lot of board space, now more so than ever.
If you are looking for a great addressable LED in the more common LED form factor, then this is the perfect choice for you.
Note: Comes in packs of 5.
Based on 1 ratings:
These LEDs work well with the NeoPixel library, are super bright, and a lot of fun to play with.
Theres one thing to know though, that can slip past you if you dont know about it:
The adafruit best practices list the following: a 300 - 500 ohm resister in line with the data pin (as close to the LED itself), and a 1000uf 6.3v capacitor or better across the power supply + and -.
I did not know about this at first, and wound up burning out an LED as a result. When I messaged Sparkfun about this they confirmed this was needed, and pointed out they mentioned this fact…in a hookup guide for the WS2812b. This hookup guide isnt linked here.
Im somewhat dissapointed that this isnt mentioned anywhere here on the page for this product, and the hookup guide isnt even linked here.
Without these in place, running example sketches with the NeoPixel library stands a HIGH chance of burning out the first LED in the string.
For reference, here is the hookup guide for the 2812b, and pretty much all the information also applies to these LEDS: https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/ws2812-breakout-hookup-guide
Overall, pleased with the product, a little let down that crucial information wasnt provided here.