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APA102/SK9822 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Driver Chip - 10 Pack

SKU 1683
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Original Price £3.59 inc VAT
Current Price £0.94 inc VAT
£0.78 ex VAT
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Make your own smart LED arrangement with this tiny APA102/SK9822 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Driver Chip (5mm x 5mm), easy to solder and the most compact way possible to integrate multiple bright LEDs into a design.

These LEDs use generic 2-wire SPI and are able to transfer data much faster than previous versions (800 kHz protocol) like the WS2812S RGB LEDs. They also have much higher PWM refresh rates, and improved Persistence-of-Vision (POV) with less flickering, particularly at low brightness levels.

The APA102/SK9822 LEDs are 5050-sized with an embedded microcontroller inside the LED. You can set the colour/brightness of each LED to 24-bit colour (8 bits each red green and blue). Each LED acts like a shift register, reading incoming colour data on the input pins, and then shifting the previous colour 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 colour you can stop talking to the strip and it will continue to PWM all the LEDs for you.

The APA102/SK9822 has a high PWM rate. You only have to set the 24-bit colour data for each pixel LED once, and then the LED+built-in-chip will handle the PWMing of the red, green and blue. They have a 20 kHz PWM rate, so even when moving the strip around, you won't see the pixelation, the colour blending is very smooth.

Please note:

  • The exact LED chip can vary between APA102 and SK9822 depending on the batch. Feel free to contact us for confirmation on what our current batch is.
  • Comes in a package with 10 individual LEDs.
  • ***This item is sometimes sold under the made-up name 'Dotstar' - but this is just a name. Our APA102/SK9822 strips come from the same factory and are exactly equivalent****