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These are sealed, addressable 1-meter-long 5V white tri-color LED strips that come packed with 60 SK6812 5050 LEDs. Each of these strips is enclosed by a flexible silicon jacket with an IP65 waterproof rating to protect your precious LEDs. Unlike our other addressable LED strips, this version does not feature RGB LEDs. Instead, you will be able to change each LED to provide a unique warm white, cool white, or amber combination. You will be able to control each LED individually, which gives you the ability to create cool lighting effects for your car, fish tank, or perhaps under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen!
These LED strips use a data transmission frequency of 800Kbps with their refresh rate set at 30 frames per second.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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Based on 2 ratings:
So disappointed This is my first bad experience with SparkFun. My strip have defective 7000K LED (others temperatures LED works fine)
Recommendations: 1: Recommend a fast level shifter. This one might be too slow: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12009
2: Make it clearer that this is warm white, cool white or amber. Calling it white tri-color makes it sound like it is RGBW.
Both these issues cost me some troubleshooting time. I read lots about these LEDs in the process and somehow missed the description "warm white, cool white or amber".