Blinded by the light? Tell “The Boss” not to worry, especially with this ultra thin Side Light NeoPixel LED PCB Bar! Fancy side light LED strips are a great alternative for folks who have loved and used Adafruit NeoPixel strips for a few years but want gorgeous, glowy light emitting at 120 degrees.
We already have flexible LEDs, so these bars are more on the rigid/firm spectrum of LED strips. They’re made on a single long FR4 PCB, so they’ve got some mechanical stability, you can run them along a thin edge. They look fantastic as accent lighting, back lighting, edge lighting, etc! Note that the FR4 is rigid but requires support so it doesn’t droop and crack. It’s not intended to be bent or curved at all, and if you do so you may crack the copper traces.
This LED Bar is half a meter long (50cm / ~19.5″) with 120 LED/meter pitch, and features 60 addressable NeoPixel LEDs. You can use any ‘NeoPixel’ compatible library or microcontroller to drive these LEDs just like you expect.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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