LED RGB Strip - Addressable, 1m (APA102)

These are addressable 1-meter-long 5V RGB LED strips that come packed with 60 APA102Cs. APA102 LEDs are very similar to WS2812s with a few caveats: APA102s can be controlled with a standard SPI interface, and they have an extremely high PWM frequency. There is access to each APA102 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 4-pin connectors, as shown in the pictures.

LED RGB Strip - Addressable, 1m (APA102) Product Help and Resources

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Resources and Going Further

Try checking out our Lumenati Hookup Guide that uses the APA102-based LEDs. There is an Arduino and Raspberry Pi example.


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Customer Comments

  • APA102 APA102C APA105 APA107 are great to work with, they work on 5V so each meter consumes around 18W or 3.5A, i know one factory named NEWSTAR can make 12V pixel led strip with 1LED/1IC, link: newstar-ledstrip.com

  • It worked out of the box on a Raspberry Pi. I like it.

  • APA102 are great to work with. Only problem I found is that they work on 5V so each meter consumes around 18W or 3.5A. if you want a long chain you must add a thick cable for the power as the strip itself can’t carry so many amps without a large voltage drop. They should make these strips work on 24V or even 48V.

  • It should be normal practice, when offering a product with connectors, to either stock the mates or provide a link to a source or at least an industry part number. I can’t use this without the mating connectors, delaying a purchase from you.

  • is there a recommended JST 4 pin connector with flying leads assembly that will connect to the input side of this ?

  • Are there Arduino and RPi libraries for these? If so, where can they be found?

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No problems

I used a picaxe to drive it, worked great.

LED 60 RGB addressable strip - Great product

This is a well made and easy to use product. The inclusion of the connectors and 5 volt taps at each end make it easy to connect. This strip works perfectly with either the Adafruit dotstar library, or the FastLED library. I am using it to illuminate a small train layout diorama. It is perfect for simulating sunrise, sunset, lightning and anything else you can think of. Enjoy!