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Flexible RGB LED Strip (aka DotStar, APA102, SK9822) – 60 pixels per metre

These individually-addressable RGB LED strips are great for all sorts of uses: custom desk lighting, music or data visualisation (an LED thermometer?), or art installations. They come in three different pixel-spacings.

Addressable LEDs, like these DotStar-compatible ones, let you individually set each LED in the chain to a specific RGB colour. You can use a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, micro:bit, or other microcontroller to code them, and there are tonnes of different Python, MicroPython (or CircuitPython), Arduino, and more code libraries available.

These LED strips come in three different spacings—30 , 60, or 144 pixels per metre—and in metre lengths, so if you order a quantity of 1 then you'll get 1 metre, a quantity of 2 is 2 metres, and so on...

Please note!  Our 30 and 60 pixel per metre LED strips come on 5m reels. If you order less than 5m you'll get a partial reel - this means you're not guaranteed to get a connector on the data in end. We sell suitable solder and no-solder connectors separately - check out the extras tab! The 144 pixels per metre strips come ready-made in 1 metre lengths, so you'll always get a connector on both ends of those strips.

The strips come with a flexible silicone waterproof sleeve, but this can be easily removed, if you like. If your metre length doesn't have a connector on one or other end, then you can use a little blob of hot glue or silicon sealant to seal the flexible sleeve.

The wires are as follows:

  • Red: 5V
  • Green: data
  • Yellow: clock
  • Black: ground

Why not try it with Yukon?

Looking for a controller for your project? Yukon is a high-power modular robotics and engineering platform, built around RP2040 and designed to drive the most ambitious robots, props and devices.

Yukon is a standalone controller that can be equipped with up to six interchangeable modules capable of driving high-powered hardware - this is made possible by the unique pin capabilities of Raspberry Pi's multitalented RP2040 chip. This flexibility means you can drive many unique combinations of motors, servos, steppers, speakers, LED strips and more, all from a single Yukon host!