This Neon Flex Rope is a 2m long (~6.5 feet), LED strip that simulates the neon effects you see in storefronts at night. Each rope is packed with 120 5050 RGB LEDs (60 LEDs/m). Though this flexible LED rope does not actually utilize any neon gas, the waterproof (IP65) silicon housing provides a diffused glow similar to those “Open” signs.
Each of these strips needs a 24VDC supply and includes all the connectors and mounting parts you need. The LEDs in the Neon Flex Rope are not individually addressable but there are 10 UCS1903 ICs each meter providing you with 20 addressable segments. You will be able to control the whole LED RGB rope to achieve cool lighting effects for outdoor and indoor uses including in hallways and stairs, holiday lighting and more!
Note: When powering up while only using the VCC and GND wires, the LED Neon Flex Rope will enter Demo Mode.
The pinout for the LED Neo Flex Rope:
Vcc (RED) = 24V Clear (middle wire) = DAT Clear (side) = GND
The LED neon flex rope comes with a demo. When powering the flex rope with only power, it will display a demo.
24V Power Supply <=> LED Neon Flex Rope Center Positive <=> Vcc (RED) = 24V <=> Clear (middle wire) = DAT GND <=> Clear (side) = GND
By connecting only to the power pins, the LED Neon Flex Rope will run the demo mode.
To control the LED Neon Flex Rope, you could use a 5V Arduino-based microcontroller and the FastLED library.
| 24V Power Supply | LED Neon Flex Rope | Arduino Uno (5V) | 5V Power Supply | | :-----------------------: | :-------------------------: | :------------------------------: | :-------------: | | 24V Center Positive | Vcc (RED) = 24V | | | | | | 5V | 5V | | | Clear (middle wire) = DAT | Pin 5 (or whatever is defined) | | | GND | Clear (side) = GND | GND | GND |
When using the FastLED library, the
LED_TYPE would be defined as the
UCS1903 chipset. There are 16 segments per LED Neon Flex Rope to control so the
COLOR_ORDER appears to be
red = blue green = red blue = green
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These are not quite what I expected. They are very pretty and quite bright, but they are much much thicker than a normal LED strip or even a rope light. The suggested FastLED library works great. I adapted the included Cylon sketch to produce a quick video demo. https://youtu.be/wTi-pQ5de3Q Some notes: The red stripe wire is +24v, the middle wire is 5v data, the other end wire is ground. Be sure to tie the 24v ground to arduino ground. Be careful to limit how tightly you bend these. The data line seems to be sensitive and some LED’s can get stuck if the bend is too tight, see the video for an example of this effect.
These things have 16 addressable segments, not 20. But that’s not very important. What is important is that out of the 7 I bought, two of them have a dead segment in the middle. And not just dead LEDs, they also stop passing data at the bad spot, so the whole rest of the chain is unusable. I’m also concerned about the “IP65” housing, which appears to be scuffed and cracked in places, and the ends where the wire comes out are closed with a token amount of hot glue that I’m not sure I would trust to outdoor use.
They light up real purty, but they’re way too expensive to have this poor quality control.
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