Addressable RGB LED Strip!
These are high quality Addressable RGB LED strips.
What does addressable mean? It means that you can individually address each LED on the strip. For instance, you can tell each led exactly what brightness it needs to be. What color it should be. And if the LED should be on or off.
This lets you do cool things like create custom patterns and brightnesses along the strip, in exactly the place you want that to happen.
To use these strips you MUST have a micro-controller like an Arduino or Raspberry Pi 1/2/3/Pi0. Or build your own custom logic circuit. Don't be scared though. We have Arduino Uno R3's and Arduino Pro Micro's for factastic prices!
Need help? The internet is a massive wealth of help with these addressable strips and NeoPixels. HERE is a link to a wonderful article that someone wrote on the website "Random Nerd Tutorials". In fact, this is the tutorial that I used to set up our in-store display for our addressable RGB strips.
All you need to hook one of these strips up to an Arduino is 3 wires. Yep, 3. Thats it. Ground, 5+ and Data. You don't even need to run seporate power to the Arduino. It will pull power off the GND and +5 from the strip.
These strips use the very common "ws2812 IC" and the strips can be found when searching "WS2812B".
They also use the very common "5050 RGB LED" package size, allowing 300 of the 5050 LEDs in this 16 foot roll.
Download the addressable LED strip library HERE from GitHub.
"Installing the FastLED library
After downloading, you should have a .zip folder. Unzip the .zip the file and you should get FastLED-master folder. Rename your folder from FastLED-master to FastLED. Move the FastLED folder to your Arduino IDE installation libraries folder. Finally, re-open your Arduino IDE After installing the needed library, upload the following code to your Arduino board (this is an example sketch provided in the library examples folder). Go to File > Examples > FastLED > ColorPalette or copy the code below.".
You need a minimum of a 5VDC, 2 AMP power supply to run an entire roll of these. And make sure that you don't try to power these directly off of your Arduino or Pi's 5V bus. You may damage your micro-controller. (very likely). Always use an external 5VDC power supply.
NOTE: These are NOT a "standard" 12VDC RGB strip. You can not use these by just applying power. You MUST use a micro-controller and you MUST only supply 5VDC. See out suggested products below for "standard" RGB LED strips.
Package Quantity: One, 16 foot roll.
Some instructions borrowed from "Random Nerd Tutorials" and may have been paraphrased, or edited to better fit the instructions. Full article available in link above.