These are addressable 5-meter-long 5V RGB LED strips that come packed with 300 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 5m segments on a reel. They are preterminated with a 4 pin JST-SM connector that has 2.5mm pin spacing, as shown in the pictures.
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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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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.
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Excellent work of sparkfun. Very fast shipping. The strip is high quality and works good. No issues with getting it work. LEDs are very bright and PWM works good. I'm very satisfied with this LED strip.