DotStar Digital LED Strip – 30 LED / Meter

$29.95

DotStar Digital LED Strip – 30 LED / Meter

$29.95


Description

Move over NeoPixels, there’s a new LED strip in town! These fancy new DotStar LED strips are a great upgrade for people who have loved and used NeoPixel strips for a few years but want something even better. DotStar LEDs use generic 2-wire SPI, so you can push data much faster than with the NeoPixel 800KHz protocol and there’s no specific timing required. They also have much higher PWM refresh rates, so you can do Persistence-of-Vision (POV) and have less flickering, particularly at low brightness levels.

Like NeoPixels, DotStar LEDs are 5050-sized LEDs with an embedded microcontroller inside the LED. You can set the color/brightness of each LED to 24-bit color (8 bits each red green and blue). Each LED acts like a shift register, reading incoming color data on the input pins, and then shifting the previous color data out on the output pin. By sending a long string of data, you can control an infinite number of LEDs, just tack on more or cut off unwanted LEDs at the end. The PWM is built into each LED-chip so once you set the color you can stop talking to the strip and it will continue to PWM all the LEDs for you.

However, unlike NeoPixels, these LEDs have 2 wires (input and output) for sending data – one clock pin and one data pin. That means you need two pins, not one, to control DotStars. Because the clock and data is separated, you can use any processor speed or type to control these strips, and you don’t have to worry about being careful with the timing. Hardware SPI support is handy but not required. This makes them excellent for use with any microcontroller or microprocessor, including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Propeller, SparkCore, and any ‘raw’ microcontrollers/microprocessors. It’s very easy to port the library, and you can send data to the pixels at up to 32MHz clock rate!

Another nice thing about DotStars is their high PWM rate. You only have to set the 24-bit color data for each pixel LED once, and then the LED+built-in-chip will handle the PWMing of the red, green and blue. On NeoPixels, this PWM rate happens 400 Hz, which works well but is noticeably at lower brightness’s and if the strip is moving in any way. DotStars have a 20KHz PWM rate, so even when moving the strip around, you won’t see the pixilation, the color blending is very smooth.

Each meter of DotStar can draw up to 1.8A so a fairly beefy power supply is required to run anything over a meter. We have 2A, 5A, and 20A 5V power supplies available depending on the size of your installation.

Please Note: Depending on the length of piece ordered, there may be a connector on one end. For orders of 5 meters a single 5 meter piece will be shipped with connectors on both ends.


Features

  • Width (with weatherstripping): 14mm / 0.55″
  • Thickness (with weatherstripping):  4mm / 0.16″
  • Operating temperature: -40°C – 40°C
  • Voltage: 5VDC
  • Width (w/o weatherstripping): 10mm / 0.4″
  • Pixel pitch: 33.3mm / 1.3″ between LEDs
  • 30 LEDs per meter
  • Peak Draw: 1.8A / meter


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