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December 14, 2015 AT 12:30 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2015: LEDs (strips, kits, individual)

Adafruit holiday guides 2015 blog

We’ve had a heck of an LED filled year here at Adafruit! We’ve acquired some incredible new products, some of which are featured below alongside a selection of our seasoned favorites. Check our gift guide and let there be LED light this holiday season!


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Flexible Adafruit DotStar Matrix 8×32 – 256 RGB LED Pixels: For advanced DotStar fans, we how have a bendable, flexible 8×32 DotStar LED Matrix! Control all 256 ultra-bright LEDs using only 2 microcontroller pins, set each LED as you wish to scroll messages or draw little images. This matrix has a thick flexible PCB backing that can be gently bent and curved around surfaces

These are the same integrated LEDs that are used in our new fancy DotStar strips. This tiny 5050 (5mm x 5mm) SMD LED is the most compact way possible to integrate multiple bright LEDs to a design. Rather than NeoPixels, this matrix uses DotStar LEDs, which use a 2-wire protocol that is less timing-specific and has high-frequency PWM for smoother color blending.(read more)


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LED Video Wall Controller Set/Programmed for Adafruit LED Panels: Ever looked at a wall in your apartment and thought “hey this could really use some art, or maybe an eye-blistering LED wall”? We do every single day! Then we finally did something about it, building our own full LED video wall using the 16×32 LED matrix panels in the shop. The magic sauce required is this driver set, which converts standard DVI video to an Ethernet datastream. The transmitter can decode/drive up to 1280*1024 pixels. The receiver can control 8 strings of panels, up to 32 panels long. (read more)


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36mm Square 12V Digital RGB LED Pixels (Strand of 20) – WS2801: RGB Pixels are digitally-controllable lights you can set to any color, or animate. Each metal ‘pixel square’ contains 4 RGB LEDs and a controller chip soldered to a PCB. The pixel is then ‘flooded’ with epoxy to make it water resistant, however we cannot say 100% waterproof you may need to apply additional epoxy for some applications/needs/use. These are fairly large pixels but they have a lot of nice mounting options, such as two metal flanges on the side and a 0.15″/4mm diameter hole in the middle so you can screw them directly onto a surface. They’re typically used to make outdoor signs. Compared to our other LED dots, these are much bigger and much brighter, good for larger scale installations. (read more)


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Cool White LED Weatherproof Flexi-Strip 60 LED – (1 m): These LED strips are ultra bright, fun and glowy. There are 60 cool white LEDs per meter, and you can control the entire strip at once with any microcontroller and a power transistor. The way they are wired, you will need a 9-12VDC power supply and connect directly. If you want to dim the strip, use any NPN or N-channel MOSFET (although the big powerful kind is good for a large strip) and PWM the input. (read more)


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RF Touch Wheel Controller for Analog RGB LED Strips: This touch controller set is a quick and easy way to control a bunch of our 12V analog RGB LED strip. The box part contains power driver circuitry and an RF receiver. The handheld remote contains a capacitive touch interface and an RF transmitter. By wiring the analog strip to the box you can easily adjust the color from across the room. Since it is RF you don’t need line-of-sight like you would with an IR Remote.(read more)


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Octolively Kit – Warm White – Tileable Interactive LEDs: Octolively modules are tileable, digital interactive LED surfaces filled with ultrabright LEDs that respond in complex and gentle ways to stimulus provided by human interaction.

Each Octolively module is 4 X 8 inches (10.16 X 20.32 cm) in size, and features eight huge (10 mm) ultrabright LEDs, spaced along a two-inch grid. Each Octolively module also has eight infrared proximity sensors– one for every LED –to detect nearby motion, even in total darkness. The modules can be tiled edge-to-edge, seamlessly, in any size or shape of rectangular array. You can cover a full wall, or just make a long strip as narrow as 4 or 8 inches wide. (read more)


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Super Bright Yellow 5mm LED (25 pack): Need some really bright LEDs? We are big fans of these clear yellow LEDs, in fact we use them exclusively in our kits. They are very bright! They go easily into a breadboard and will add that extra zing to your project. (read more)


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Novelty PTH LED Brick Variety Pack: This product from Evil Mad Scientist has such a great, quirky look to it. The perfect gift for an LED lover looking to vary his or her build aesthetic.

From Evil Mad Scientist:

Through-hole brick shaped LEDs for your circuit board! Use them as novelty indicator lights in your latest PCB!
10 LEDs per package, 2 of each color: red, yellow, green, blue and white. (read more)


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L3D Cube Kit – Original Size (8x8x8): The LED cube has long been a favorite in the maker community and it’s easy to see why! It’s absolutely gorgeous – we imagine that any LED devotee would be thrilled to to get this as a gift.

From Maker Shed:

Light up your life with the new L3D 8x8x8 Cube! In just 30 minutes of assembly with no soldering required, the L3D cube is ready to start the illumination with its 512 points of LED lighting. Measuring 7″ x 7″ x 9″, its size makes it easily portable and can be displayed as a show piece. Whether you choose to make it simulate fireworks, act as music bars for music, react to sound, or whatever you decide, the L3D Cube is the ultimate light show. (read more)


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RGB LED: Super cute RGB LED – from littleBits:

The RGB LED (or “Red-Green-Blue Light-Emitting Diode”) Bit is a special light whose color you can adjust. Use the included screwdriver to adjust each of the color channels to get almost any color. Use the RGB LED when you want to match the light to the color of your creation! (read more)


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We’re excited for the Holiday Season here at Adafruit, and we can’t wait to share that excitement with you! Stay tuned into the blog where you will find new, handpicked gift guides five days a week from November 9th through December 24th, 2015 alongside holiday themed tutorials and builds!


Free Deals

Adafruit offers exciting deals and free items when you shop with us. As of October 13th, 2015 we are currently offering:

Some restrictions apply


Adafruit Holiday Deadlines 2015

Here are your 2015 shipping deadlines for ordering from Adafruit. Please review our shipping section if you have specific questions on how and where we ship worldwide for this holiday season.

The Adafruit Shipping Department works hard to get your orders out as quickly as we can, but once they’re in the hands of our carriers they’re out of our control.

Carriers have been struggling to keep up with the sharp rise in online orders. UPS, FedEX, and USPS all experienced delivery delays over the last few years.

So all the Adafruit Shippers say: Please be sure you get your gifts early! Order as soon as you can! Once you place your order we’ll ship like the wind!

UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 11, 2015 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive by December 24.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 17, 2015 – Arrive by 12/24/2015.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 18, 2015 – Arrive by 12/24/2015.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 21, 2015 – Arrive by 12/24/2015.

Please note: We do not offer Saturday or Sunday service for UPS or USPS.

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, New Year’s Day, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority (USA orders): Place orders by Friday– December 11, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2015 or sooner.

USPS First class mail international (International orders)): Place orders by Friday – November 20, 2015. Can take up to 30 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/25/2015 or sooner, but not a trackable service and cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/2015.

USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 5, 2015. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2014 or sooner.

Gift Certificates are always available at any time.

When in doubt contact us!


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