LED RGB Strip - Addressable, Bare (5m)

These are bare addressable 5 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 5m 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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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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  • divegeek / about 7 years ago / 1

    I'd like to find 90-degree angle headers that I can clip the three-pin connectors into. Does anyone know where I can find some? I haven't been able to find them anywhere. I want to solder the header to a custom PCB and clip the strip into it.

  • nerkles / about 8 years ago * / 1

    What's the exact width of the strip, in mm? I just need to know if it's <= the pitch of the pixels, to determine whether it's possible to make a grid of square pixels.

  • chrisallick / about 10 years ago / 2

    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 / 2

      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

  • jjinno / about 11 years ago / 2

    Interesting. You can buy 5 of the 1-meter sections (at $19.95) for $99.75... but the 5m section costs $99.95... plus you get more connectors with the 1-meter sections. Hmmm...

  • Member #685748 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Do these have anything to do with adafruit? Their site seems to claim they make them, but I see addressable led's available in a variety of places and can't tell if everyone is a reseller or if someone in the US is actually manufacturing them.

    • M-Short / about 9 years ago / 1

      I know Adafruit uses the same LEDs (WS2812/WS2812B) in their Neopixel line which I believe they did design. I'm not sure if they designed a similar strip to this or not. We do not get these from Adafruit and as far as we know there is no affiliation with these strips. Also, these do not seem to be manufactured in the US.

  • liger / about 9 years ago / 1

    I like to connect these leds with 4 or 5 meters of spaces between them in 550 groups. each group containing two led's. So in total 1100 leds will be connected to each other. Do you think I will have signal loss over somewhere?

  • Member #108405 / about 11 years ago / 1

    How much current is safe to run through the strip? If I get a 20A power supply to run a 5m strip, how often (how may meters) should I connect power?

    • Adafruit have a lot of content on how to deal with these (they call them 'NeoPixels'). They recommend powering them in 1m lengths, so connect every metre. 20A will be fine driving 5m of these at peak.

  • Member #484922 / about 11 years ago / 1

    What battery pack, volts and amp, is ideal to run 5m length? I will primarily be cycling between blue and purple lights only,.. any idea how long the battery will last on one charge per amp?

    • Kamiquasi / about 11 years ago / 1

      The typical driving voltage of these strips is 5V. The drive current varies based on colors and I/O. I/O is nearly negligible, and for colors you mention blue and purple. If I assume the latter to be magenta at full brightness, that's about 36mA per pixel.. let's roll with 40mA to be on the safe side. 40mA times 300 pixels, gives 12A. Yes, 12Ampère. Even the beefiest of battery packs SFE carries isn't going to cut it. These strips are basically not made to be battery-powered - at least not at the full 5 meter length :)

      What were you hoping to accomplish with this? There may be more suitable alternatives - and if not, further discussion on powering it can always be had :)

  • EliTheIceMan / about 11 years ago / 1

    As asked on the waterproof ones, if you turn all on full you get 18A. This obviously won't support that so what would the limit be?

    • jjinno / about 11 years ago / 1

      As for the "this obviously wont support that", you have to remember to jump in additional current every couple meters. With that in mind, I have personally driven various WS2801/WS2811/WS2812 modules & strips up to >60A... no issues at all.

      Other than frame-rate issues, I see no reason you cannot go for creating a Ultra-HD display with these things. I mean shoot for the stars, right?

      • You would pay about $3331 for a 100x100 matrix. So, $300 grand or so for a 1280 x 720 matrix. Looks like Kickstarter numbers. :-)

  • Fulg / about 11 years ago / 1

    What are the restrictions for cutting these? From the pictures it seems you can cut them at any length (not limited to sections of three LEDs). Also, the link for the Product Video doesn't work (video was removed).

    • jjinno / about 11 years ago / 1

      You can cut them down to single LEDs. Basically they provide two sets of pads that you can cut between. Or on the flip side, if you want to put them back together, the pads are close enough to just use a solder-bridge for re-connection.

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Works as Expected.

Very Bright at Maximum Brightness. Requires about 5v@20A~100Watts to drive the strip. Make sure you have a capable power supply. The strip will fade to red (low power) if you power it from only one side. You will have to run power from both sides or to multiple points along the length due to resistance. The logic level ground is critical. Especially at 3.3v. Make sure you run a common ground between the LED power supply and the Logic board you are using to drive the color data. The two best libraries available for driving these strips are the Adafruit NeoPixel library and the FastLED Library.

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Mistakenly received the GRB variation by accident, but it great enough to overlook.

I was shipped the GRB variant by mistake, and had to do some minor tweaks to my code to compensate. Normally, I'd dock a star for that, but I'll give a pass because of how robustly designed the strip is. I accidentally connected it backwards (5V to GND and vice versa). My power supply was shot of course, but the strip is still in perfect working condition. Sure, a couple unnecessary lines of code may be annoying, but not nearly as annoying as having to replace a $100 purchase.