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Fairy Lights - Addressable RGB (5m)

Affectionately dubbed "Fairy Lights" for their similar appearance, these addressable RGB LED string lights are a great way to light up any project with no soldering required. The insulated strings come in 5m lengths with one RGB LED every 5cm for a total of 100 LEDs. These LEDs have an IP65 waterproof rating to protect your LEDs.

The string of lights terminate on either side with a locking 3-pin JST connector, one male and one female. The wiring and pinout is listed below.

  • Red Stripe = 5V
  • "White" (Middle) = DAT
  • "White" (The Other Side) = GND (wire appears to be connected closest to the LED's dotted polarity marker side)
  • Color: RGB
  • LED Quantity: 100
  • Operating Voltage: 5 VDC
  • Control IC: SPI
  • Light Spacing: 50mm
  • String Length: 5m
  • Wire Color: Silver
  • IP Rating: IP65

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WS2812-Based Protocol

Our catalog has the red/green/yellow wire JSM-SM pair [ CAB-14575 ] to mate with the connectors on the Fairy Lights. The bag that holds it has information about the wiring and pinout.

  • Red Stripe = 5V
  • "White" (Middle) = DAT
  • "White" (The Other Side) = GND (wire appears to be connected closest to the LED's dotted polarity marker side)

The "male" housing receptacle with (female pin sockets) like the one shown below is the DIN side. The datasheet indicated that the LEDs communicated with "SPI". We tested the LEDs and it uses the WS2812-based protocol. You could use the Neopixel or FastLED library to control the LEDs.

"Male" Housing Receptacle with female sockets


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  • do you have a part number for the connector?

    • Unfortunately, that information isn't readily available from the manufacturer.

      I could possibly this LED connector; however, with the COVID restrictions in place, I can't easily verify that for you.

    • I have not seen a clear, sheathed JST-SM connector before. However, our catalog has the red/green/yellow wire JSM-SM pair [ CAB-14575 ] as "Santa Claus Impersonator" explained. I was able to get a hold of the LEDs and the bag that holds it has information about the wiring.

      • Red = 5V
      • "White" (Middle) = DAT
      • "White" (The Other Side) = GND (wire appears to be connected closest to the LED's dotted polarity marker side)

      The "male" housing receptacle with (female pin sockets) like the one shown below is the DIN side. I tested it using the FastLED library and these seem to be using the WS2812-like protocol.

      "Male" Housing Receptacle with female sockets

  • will that thin wire really hold with 6 amperes (100 leds * 60mA each when full white) flowing through it?

    • The datasheet from the manufacturer seems to be lacking on that information. However, I don't think that the LEDs will be capable of drawing the amount of current you are estimating (60mA). As you mentioned, the wire looks fairly thin and will most likely act like a "current limiting resistor".

  • This seems a little short of documentation. How do you control them? The "data sheet" (more of a brochure really) says SPI, but with only one non-power pin, it can't actually be SPI …

    • Hi,

      Yeah, we were wondering about that as well with the datasheet. The datasheet provided by the supplier did not make sense. We tested the LEDs and it uses the WS2812-like protocol. You could use the Neopixel or FastLED library.

  • What addressable LED type are these compatible with?

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