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November 15, 2017 AT 12:23 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2017: LED Matrix Panel, NeoMatrix, and NeoPixels!

From Neopixels to LEDs, Adafruit has your needs covered!


32×32 RGB LED Matrix Panel:Bring a little bit of Times Square into your home with this sweet 32 x 32 square RGB LED matrix panel. These panels are normally used to make video walls, here in New York we see them on the sides of busses and bus stops, to display animations or short video clips. We thought they looked really cool so we picked up a few boxes of them from a factory. They have 1024 bright RGB LEDs arranged in a 32×32 grid on the front on a 6mm grid. On the back there is a PCB with a set of dual IDC connectors (one input, one output: in theory you can chain these together) and 12 16-bit latches that allow you to drive the display with a 1:16 scan rate. These displays are technically ‘chainable’ – connect one output to the next input – but our Arduino example code does not support this (yet). It requires a high speed processor and more RAM than the Arduino has! Read more or find more RGB Matrices here!


Adafruit NeoPixel NeoMatrix 8×8 – 64 RGB LED Pixel Matrix:Put on your sunglasses before wiring up this LED matrix – 64 eye-blistering RGB LEDs adorn the NeoMatrix for a blast of configurable color. Arranged in an 8×8 matrix, each pixel is individually addressable. Only one microcontroller pin is required to control all the LEDs, and you get 24 bit color for each LED. Wiring it up is easy: there are two 3-pin connection ports. Solder wires to the input port and provide 5VDC to the +5V and ground pins, then connect the DIN pin to your microcontroller. If you’re using our NeoPixel Arduino library, use digital #6. You’ll also need to make a common ground from the 5V power supply to the microcontroller/Arduino. Since each LED can draw as much as 60mA (thats up to 3.5 Amps per panel if all LEDs are on bright white!) we suggest our 5V 2A power supply. For most uses, you’ll see about 1-2A of current per panel. If, say, you need MORE blinky, you can chain these together. For the second shield, connect the DIN connection to the first panel’s DOUT. Also connect a ground pin together and power with 5V. There you go! You can chain as many as you’d like although after 4 or more panels you may run low on RAM if you’re using an UNO. Watch your power usage too, you may need a 5V 10A power supply for so many of these! Read more. Check out our other NeoPixel boards here!


NeoPixel 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Driver Chip – 10 Pack:Make your own smart LED arrangement with the same integrated LED that is used in our NeoPixel strip and pixels. This tiny 5050 (5mm x 5mm) RGB LED is fairly easy to solder and is the most compact way possible to integrate multiple bright LEDs to a design. The driver chip is inside the LED and has ~18mA constant current drive so the color will be very consistent even if the voltage varies, and no external choke resistors are required making your design minimal. Power the whole thing with 5VDC and you’re ready to rock. This is the 4 pin LED chip version, not 6. It is code compatible and the same over-all shape and functionality but not the same pinout so you cannot use these to replace an ‘S chip. If you are designing a new PCB we suggest going with the B, since it has built in polarity protection. Other than that, B and S are the same brightness, and use the exact same code interface. Read more. Check out our other NeoPixel options here!


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