LED RGB Strip - Addressable, Bare (1m)

These are bare addressable 1 meter long 5V RGB LED strips that come packed with 60 WS2812s per meter. As these are bare LED strips that have no protective coating, your project won't be water proof but there is access to each WS2812 LED and each strip length can be easily modified. You will be able to control each LED RGB individually giving you the ability to create cool lighting effects for your car or perhaps under cabinet lighting in your kitchen!

Note: These come in 1m segments on a reel. They are preterminated with 0.1" spaced 3-pin connectors as well as a 2 wire power connector, as shown in the pictures.

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  • Hapticuff / about 10 years ago / 3

    Can you clear up some confusion regarding the wiring. The note in the product description indicates there's a separate 2 wire power connector in addition to the 3 wire data/control connector. However, the 2 wire power connector is not clear from the photos or individual LED silkscreens, and the example circuit in the WS2812 datasheet shows VCC and VDD sharing a +5V power rail through a 150 ohm resistor to VCC. If the individual LEDs can be "cut free", then only the 3 wire connector would seem plausible according to the photos...

  • Hapticuff / about 10 years ago / 2

    Can these be cut into individual LED units? The photos show silkscreen solder pads at each LED as if they can.

  • Sciguy / about 11 years ago / 2

    Would it be possible to make these slightly longer than a meter? Because 64 LEDs would be such a nice number.

  • kzadar / about 9 years ago * / 1

    Does sparkfun sell a mating connector to this? (3 pin female 0.100" keyed with latch) seems to be similar to the retired 4-pin part# PRT-11182. The LED strip I just received has this connector which is not a JST PRT-09915 mate. How about a vendor and series name to find this connector elsewhere? Thanks

    FOUND THEM at ebay from yongqinghuang "5 pairs of 3 pin JST SM connectors for WS2811 WS2812B LED strips" ships from US, regular mail 5 days to get to me from order. http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-pairs-of-3-pin-JST-SM-connectors-for-WS2811-WS2812B-LED-strips-/221625198228?

  • Member #343782 / about 10 years ago / 1

    So, I have been reading the comments beneath all of the addressable LED Strip variations. Am I missing something? I have not found any actual guidance on programming/connecting these using an Uno.

    I am not sure if it applies but I found what appears to be a similar product over at pololu site with tutorial on uploading a sketch, etc. I haven't tried it yet, I would rather get the info here, if possible.

    Can anyone offer guidance on powering and programming these using an UNO?

    • Kamiquasi / about 10 years ago / 1

      Have you looked at the Hookup Guide?

      • Member #343782 / about 10 years ago / 1

        Yes, however I had not seen the Firmware page until shortly after posting. I looked for it but perhaps I just missed it the first time. I will see if it does the trick, tonight.


  • Member #537901 / about 10 years ago / 1

    I just received my order of these, and the package says they are WS2811. I'm not sure if they are really 2812's as advertized or 2811's...

  • Gerardo Pellicer / about 10 years ago / 1

    Can you connect 27 of these in chain?

    • simias / about 10 years ago / 1

      I don't think there's any particular limit as far as the serial communication protocol is concerned. You'll have to figure out how to power the LEDs however (you won't be able to power several meters of LEDs through the ribbon alone).

  • Rodrinauta / about 10 years ago / 1

    Each RGB led is addressable independently? Can I just turn some leds on and play with their colors? I only need to control 12 leds rgb (bottom, middle, and at the end of the strip). Thanks

  • Dean6 / about 10 years ago / 1

    What is the part number for the connector on each end of this strip of LED's?

    • Kamiquasi / about 10 years ago / 1

      The hookup guide suggests that they're 3-pin JST SM connectors, used for wire-to-wire connections. No idea if you can plug them into the EH or XH board connectors reliably. Push comes to shove, I'd just crimp a new connector onto the cable, or replace the cable altogether.

  • Eric R / about 10 years ago / 1

    Can these strips be bent into a C shape? I need to outline a semicircle with a 2-ish foot radius, but I'm not sure if these strips will have enough sideways flexibility. Anyone have any experience with that?

    • DelBOy / about 10 years ago / 2

      These strips do not really have any sideways flex to them at all. But it would be easy enough to cut out each pixel and add in wire between them to give you the flex you need

      • Eric R / about 10 years ago / 1

        That is a good point, I hadn't considered that. That will also solve the potential issue of not having enough length. Thanks!

  • chrisallick / about 10 years ago / 1

    Can anyone say the difference between the ws2182 and the ws2182b? The reason i ask is the 1m units are out of stock but i see ws2182b 1m units on other sites. Trying to figure out if they are same product. time is critical, otherwise i would wait for them to be back in stock.

    • Kamiquasi / about 10 years ago / 1

      The strips should work the same. From another user's comment:

      the WS2812B. It looks like the WS2812 but it has 4 pins instead of 6. The low-pass filter seems to be built-in now so it does not have seperate power pins for the LEDs and the logic

  • Hapticuff / about 10 years ago / 1

    What are the W x H dimensions of the strip? I'm considering an application where a low profile is important.

  • calella led / about 10 years ago / 1

    Is posible todo controle it with a t1000s?

  • Friday_Knight / about 11 years ago * / 1

    Has anybody had any luck driving these with a raspberry pi (Hardware version B). Some forms seem to indicate that the raspberry pi can not hand the timing requirements of the WS2812 and recommend using the ws2801 instead.

  • gskelly / about 11 years ago / 1

    Since these appear to be the same as Adafruit's 1-meter 60-NeoPixel strips (minus the coating I don't really need, plus it looks like these always have both ends pre-terminated, and for $5 less!), I assume the NeoPixel control code will work with these, too?

    • gskelly / about 11 years ago / 1

      Never mind, I just checked the hookup guide and my assumption was correct! Awesome.

  • Jasmine2501 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Do these work exactly the same as the TM1803 strips? Looks like they do, but the data sheet isn't super clear about that. I can see that the bit order is a bit odd, but I can deal with that. Do these work like the ones in my video???


  • Sciguy / about 11 years ago / 1

    NO WAY.

    Twice the LEDs. For like HALF the price of the old ones you had. (at least the non-sealed ones)

    holy crap, I need to find some way of incorporating this into my halloween costume.

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Simple to use and brite to boot.

Excellent LED strip. It lacks an adhesive backing, but as long as you plan for that, then it's fine. BTW, a GREEN wire for data and YELLOW for ground? Seriously??

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Super Bright

These LEDs were really easy to use with Adafruits NEOpixel library. It made it wildly easy to get up and running in all sorts of ways. The LED's themselves are stupid bright. Almost a bit much when you're looking at them, but that's not a bad thing. I used them in a project where the spacing tolerance was super critical and since they were soldered together at one point it threw my spacing completely. I ended up having to cut a new piece of acrylic to make up for the solder joint. It would be nice if the 1m lengths were sold as one solid non broken segment.

push that light.

Used to like the single RGB LEDs right up until I had to use almost 100 of them and then I started looking for an easier fix. I do recommend getting the mux/demux or https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9056 if you want to do multiple short strings. This is purfect for my project.

Good, but consumes lots of power if you drive more than 1 strip

I bought this strip because I was making an embedded project that needed to run off of a battery and I wanted addressable strips to make cool blinking patterns. Due to size restrictions, I wanted to use the arduino pro mini to control the LEDs. I also ended up wanting to control over 100 LEDs. Needless to say, this draws a fair amount of current (I'm trying to limit it to about 2Amps by not putting the LEDs at full brightness), which is more than the pro mini's voltage regulator is rated for. If you also want to use this for an embedded application, then you will need a lot of current, and you may need a separate power supply board to supply that current.

Works great!

Used 2 of these in a wordclock project. Even with cutting into smaller strips and soldering together, worked fine. Not a single bad LED out of 120! Compatible with the Adafruit neopixel library out of the box and I love that you only need 1 pin to control it! Crazy good :)


They work very well. No problems at all.