Flexible RGB LED Strip (aka DotStar, APA102, SK9822) – 144 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