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WS2812 PLCC-6 Superbright 5050 RGB LEDs w/ Built-In WS2811 LED Driver IC

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WS2812 superbright 5050 RGB LEDs w/ built-in WS2811 LED driver IC for simple, customized addressable color applications.
SKU: 100567
  • Buy 10 for US$0.39 each and save 21%
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Each of these neat little PLCC-6 (5050) RGB LEDs are controlled by an WS2811 PWM LED driver IC die located inside--nifty, right? These are excellent for low-cost DIY pixel projects! Just string them together and you have yourself a fancy-pants addressable string or array to control to your liking.

The WS2811 employs a 1-wire serial data connection. ICs are chained together which means whole strings can be controlled using just 1 pin on your microcontroller. For more information we recommend reviewing the datasheet above or contacting us for further details.

If you prefer a lower-friction approach, we have simple controllers which help you get up and running even faster! Even if moving forward with a custom controller you may want to consider purchasing a low-end controller for debugging purposes. The prices are very reasonable for the simplest units.

For you Arduino users we highly recommend the open-source fastspi library as a jumping point for your own code. Current versions support the WS2812 (WS2811) directly.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a more-current version of this LED, WS2812B, which is also available in our store. The main differences are increased brightness and reverse-polarity protection. In most cases we recommend the WS2812B since pricing is similar, even though the WS2812 is not EOL. The most important thing to note, however, is that the WS2812 (AKA WS2812S) is 6-pin, and WS2812B is 4-pin. Therefore, though they are code-compatible, they are certainly not PCB compatible.

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