RGB LED Strip - 30 LED/m - 1m

Replacement: None. We are no longer carrying the LED strip in our catalog. This page is for reference only.

These LED strips contain 30 RGB LEDs per meter. The strips have a self-adhesive backing that you can use to stick the strip to cabinets, enclosures or the dash in your car (probably not recommended). They include current limiting resistors, so just add 12 volts and you're good to go.

Oh, and did we mention they are waterproof? They are IP66 rated which means they can handle a pretty good soaking of water.

Note: These come pre-cut to 1m lengths. You will need to solder on your own wires.

Note: We just realized the green and blue labels have been swapped.

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  • I have 4 of these strips for underglow on my car. They have been on there for 8 months so far, and survived snow, ice, rain, and general road grime just fine. Here's my tutorial for using these with the touchscreen panel Sparkfun sells.

    • Sir. MiDri / about 11 years ago / 1

      Exactly what I wanted to know if they are good for, sweet! Thanks for posting.

  • Lou M / about 13 years ago / 2

    Ladyada has a great tutorial on these lights at http://www.ladyada.net/products/rgbledstrip/ It'd probably be a good link to include above.

  • Ocean Mj / about 13 years ago / 2

    Link for IP66 is broken

  • qwertymodo / about 11 years ago / 1

    Can anybody comment on the brightness of these LED's? Would they be at all useful for interior lighting? Specifically, I have a small room in the basement that originally had no lighting, and the lights that have been added to the room are rather dim. I think it would be neat to use a few of these to add mood lighting, but only if the full white setting would actually manage to actually light up the room (in addition to the existing, inadequate lighting, not necessarily all on their own).

  • Can the strip be cut smaller so it is only half a meter long?

    • yes, there are points for cutting it. You will need to solder your own wires to the contacts at the point you cut it.

  • Striker121 / about 12 years ago / 1

    Anyone know the candela brightness for the individual LEDs? The datasheet doesn't mention and it would be nice to be able to compare the individual lights versus if I made my own RGB panel type deal.

  • dimitristzortzis / about 13 years ago / 1

    Could this be cut in its separate pieces?

  • Garak / about 14 years ago / 1

    What are the power specs on these LED?

    • Lou M / about 13 years ago / 1

      Directly from the datasheet:
      Operating voltage:12V DC
      Current per 3 LEDs(separable every 3LEDs): 60mA
      Consumption watts per 3 LEDs: 0.72W
      I have put one of these strips on my bench and saw .50 A being pulled through the whole strip when it was white. I supplied 12V, but I have a very old linear regulating power supply which fluctuates a bit, so that's rough (+/ 200 mV). I seem to recall someone saying they got 50 mA through a 3-led segment (1/10th of the strand).
      What little I've found suggests that the LEDs used have a If of 60 mA when white (all colors). Since their Vf is 3-3.4 V in this state, I assume each section of three LEDs is in series, and the ten three-LED sections are in parallel. That makes the numbers add up, and 50 mA is in keeping with the typical current of 60 mA (once you account for resistor tolerance, safety margins and rudimentary color balancing).

      • TimFirebird / about 13 years ago / 1

        Yes LouM, you are right.
        There are 3 LEDs in series. With a resistor for each colour.
        It's about 10 cm (3.94 inch?) in length.
        So of you have 1 meter, that is 10 of these peaces parallel.

  • Member #136556 / about 14 years ago / 1

    Can you please provide the weight in gm or oz for a meter. Also for a meter of the 60 LED/meter. Herb

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