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Gone are the days that you have to worry about silicone weather proofing splitting and breaking on you! These are sealed addressable 1 meter long 5V RGB LED strips that come packed with 60 WS2812s per meter. Each of these strips are enclosed by a flexible silicon jacket with an IP65 waterproof rating to protect your precious WS2812 LEDs. You will be able to control each LED RGB individually giving you the ability to create cool lighting effects for your car, fish tank, 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.
These are approximate dimensions. The flexible PCB is about 9.99mm wide and 1.83mm in height from the bottom of the flexible PCB to the top of the LED. With the LED RGB strip in the sealed silicon weather proof material, it is about 11.93mm wide and 3.48mm in height.
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We're using these strips for a Bike wheel POV lighting system and we have had no problems so far. Only thing that would be nice is a way to ensure waterproofing after cutting the strips, since we couldn't use them at their 1M length for this project. The neopixel library in combo with an arduino work great, very satisfied.
These LEDs are awesome! They are bright as hell and the code to control them is pretty straight forward. Fun!
The lights worked great (the package said to use 5V but that was too much, 3.3V works). Used the neopixel library which was already ported to the spark pixel. Very professional. Plenty of examples and explanations on how to use the code.
you can program the individual led units however you want. the strip is very flexible. i haven't tested it in rough environments but the weatherproofing does seem to be of good quality. note: the strip i received had a 3m adhesive backing (glue already on with peel-off), which can be either a big plus if your project requires it or a big minus if your project is better off without it.
I just love this chain of lights with fantastic colors. Beautiful and easy to use, especially with the hookup tutorial that comes with this product!
Works exactly as I expected and is very easy to program with an Arduino, especially when using the available libraries.
Minimum needed to get this working: 1) LED strip 2) Arduino 3) 3-pin Connectors sold for the LED strip 4) 6 or 7V battery pack (I used a slighly out of spec 7.2V NiMh, although two 3V Lithium batteries would work well) 5) Connectors for the batteries that terminate in a connector pin that will fit into the Arduino header
Hardware setup: Connect the battery to the Arduino Vin and Ground. Connect the LED's yellow wire to ground, the red to the battery source (not the Arduino +5V), and the yellow to an available DIO pin on an Arduino (the example library uses pin 6).
Install the Adafruit library whose link is given in the lighted shoes tutorial and load the example code supplied with the Adafruit library. Change the number of LEDs to 59 if you have the 1m LED strip. That's all there is.
Gotchas: 1) Be careful not to try to power the strip from the regulated +5V output of the Arduino like I did or you will fry the Arduino power supply...also like I did. It will take a few minutes, but it will happen. At 20mA per LED x 50 LEDs, it uses 1A when all the lights are on! 2) My suggested hardware wiring pipes in power from the battery to the Arduino Vin. That input is not diode-protected; if you accidentally reverse the battery polarity (easy to do with the non-standard yellow for ground), the Arduino will instantly toast.