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Hands-on look at Adafruit’s Neopixel RGB LED Strip

Hands-on look at Adafruit’s Neopixel RGB LED Strip.

Adafruit’s Neopixel lights up Charles’ lab as he puts them to the test to see if they really are as easy to use as Adafruit claims. Let’s take a look.

…when you compare the Neopixel strips with the cheap Chinese LED strips I have purchased on eBay in the past, the Neopixel blows them out of the water. This is the first strip of individually addressable RGB LEDs that I have actually gotten up and running within five minutes of opening the package. The strip is extremely bright, and the colors are quite vibrant and well saturated. I did not notice any flickering or random dimming as I have seen on cheaper off-brand strips. The fact that Adafruit has an entire micro-site resource available for free is worth the extra few dollars you spend on Neopixels alone.

At the end of the day, I cannot recommend Neopixels from Adafruit enough. They are simple enough for even the most novice maker to get up and running, and for the advanced maker, the sky is the limit on what you can do with Neopixels. For that reason, the Neopixel strips from Adafruit have gained the honor of being my first perfect product review here at TweakTown.

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