SMD LED - RGB APA102C-5050 (Pack of 10)

This version of the APA102C (or “DotStar”) is the regular, 5050-sized (5mmx5mm) SMD LED. With an integrated control circuit embedded, the APA102C-5050 is incredibly bright and colorful. If you look really closely, you can see the tiny gold chip hidden in there, along with minuscule gold wires connecting the chip to the LED. This is the same APA102C LED found in our Lumenati line and is perfect for applications needing a lot of color without breaking the bank.

Each APA102C-5050 in this strip of 10 contains three even smaller LEDs, hence RGB (Red/Green/Blue). Since these require a bit of SMD soldering skills to get them attached to your board. it is recommended to have good SMD soldering skills before incorporating the APA102C-5050. But, hey, that’s why we give you these in strips of 10!

  • Red: 500–650mcd
  • Green: 370–530mcd
  • Blue: 120–165mcd
  • 6-pin design

SMD LED - RGB APA102C-5050 (Pack of 10) Product Help and Resources

Lumenati Hookup Guide

October 12, 2017

Lumenati is our line of APA102c-based addressable LED boards. We'll show you how to bring the sparkle to your projects!

Core Skill: Soldering

This skill defines how difficult the soldering is on a particular product. It might be a couple simple solder joints, or require special reflow tools.

3 Soldering

Skill Level: Competent - You will encounter surface mount components and basic SMD soldering techniques are required.
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Core Skill: Programming

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.

2 Programming

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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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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.

3 Electrical Prototyping

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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Customer Comments

  • I want to buy APA107 from Sparkfun, it is same with APA102, but cheaper…do you have it? the datasheet: https://www.element14.com/community/servlet/JiveServlet/previewBody/87739-102-4-376328/APA107%20RGB.pdf

  • I’d love to see a small board with just one of these on it, preferably “sewable”, something similar to Adafruit’s PID #1260 that uses NeoPixels.

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