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November 10, 2010 AT 12:54 pm

NEW TUTORIAL – RGB LED Strip tutorial

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NEW TUTORIAL – RGB LED Strip tutorial – We love some good LED blinking as much as the next person but after years of LED-soldering we need something cooler to get us excited. Sure there are RGB LEDs and those are fun too but what comes after that? Well, we have the answer: LED Strips! These are flexible circuit boards with full color LEDs soldered on. They take a lot of LED-wiring-drudgery out of decorating a room, car, bicycle, costume, etc. The ones we carry are also waterproof (although not all are).

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There are two basic kinds of LED strips, the “analog” kind and “digital” kind. Analog-type strips have all the LEDs connected in parallel and so it acts like one huge tri-color LED; you can set the entire strip to any color you wan, but you can’t control the individual LED’s colors. They are very very easy to use and fairly inexpensive.

The Digital-type strips work in a different way. They have a chip for each LED, to use the strip you have to send digitally coded data to the chips. However, this means you can control each LED individually! Because of the extra complexity of the chip, they are more expensive.

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You can buy waterproof analog-type RGB LED strips by the meter at the Adafruit shop!

AND read the rest of the tutorial here!


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3 Comments

  1. will you be offering the digital strips at any point?

  2. keep checking the site each week 🙂

  3. Can these cut cut to shorter lengths than the 1m that’s in the spool?

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