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SparkFun Tri-Color LED Breakout Kit

This is a simple kit that allows the use of very large, very bright, 10mm red/green/blue LEDs. We cannot begin to describe how bright these are when fully illuminated! After assembling the kit, you can control the LEDs via the RGB pins. By pulse-width-modulating the pins any color can be created by mixing different amounts of red, green, and blue. Running from a 5V source, these LEDs are painfully bright.

This board is designed to run off 5V and put the max 80mA through each LED. Be sure to pay attention to the different resistor values and LED colors. Each is marked clearly on the PCB. You will need a coin cell battery or multimeter to briefly illuminate the LEDs to tell what color they are before assembly.

Note: Although this board is pictured with pin headers, pin headers are not included in this kit. If you need some, however, they can be found in the related items below.


SparkFun Tri-Color LED Breakout Kit Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Soldering

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Skill Level: Rookie - The number of pins increases, and you will have to determine polarity of components and some of the components might be a bit trickier or close together. You might need solder wick or flux.
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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.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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  • I am working on a project that uses this board and just in case anybody is doing the same, I thought I would just post the board's dimensions:

    Board Dimensions: 38.1mm x 33.02mm Hole Positions: 2.54mm from each side

  • I built the retail version of this kit to get my soldering hand back in. I hadn't touched a soldering iron in about ten years and thought I could use the practice. It went together easily thanks to the great instructions.
    This thing is bright!! That makes it useful as a teaching aid and fun way to test color blending algorithms.
    Thanks for the fine craftsmanship. Five stars. recommended.

  • Hey! I see LEDs connected to collectors! Cool :-) It looks like the links to the design files are still pointing to the v12 revision, though.

    I know this is a little late... but if you guys ever end up reving it again, consider rotating the LEDs 90 degrees, so they can be bent in and out. I put a similar design on Batch PCB a year ago, for Medusa DMX users. The ability to bend in and out makes it easier to converge the light from the 3 LEDs, especially if they're not soldered in quite straight.

  • Looks like the product shots are missing the rulers, but you can still find them in KIT-10111; the overall board layout hasn't changed, just the traces. You can read the reason for the change there as well.

    Speaking of which, the Eagle Files link points to a zip of gerber files, but you can compare the boards from the product shots anyway :) The Eagle Files can, however, be found in the github repository: https://github.com/sparkfun/Tri-Color_Breakout.

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