Adding a 28 RGB LED pixel strip to your Pi without soldering?! Yes, it’s possible! Pimoroni’s LED SHIM for Raspberry Pi is fantastic for displaying sensor readings, status updates, measuring voltages, whatever you want to show with a colorful LED light bar.
Instead of waiting for your soldering iron to heat up, just slip the SHIM over your Pi pins with the fancy new, friction-fit header! The SHIM is nicely thin at just 0.8mm, so you can multi-task with other HATs and pHATs. Works with any and all Raspberry Pi computers with a 2×20 connector, from the Pi 1 B+ to the Pi 2, Pi 3 and even Pi Zero!
Of course, you can solder LED SHIM to a female header, if you so like. And, if you have a soldering iron handy, we recommend it since it will make the connection nice and sturdy.
If you’ve already played around with Blinkt!, coding the LED SHIM will be just as easy as lights, camera, action!
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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.