Addressable LED Neon Flex Rope Hookup Guide

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Introduction

The addressable LED Neon Flex Rope adds cool lighting effects for outdoor and indoor uses including in hallways and stairs, holiday lighting and more! In this hookup guide, you will learn how to connect, power, and control the LED segments with an Arduino.

LED Neon Flex Rope

LED Neon Flex Rope

COM-14555
$39.95
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Required Materials

To follow along with this project tutorial, you will need the following materials. You may not need everything though depending on what you have. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary. If you are just looking at powering up the LED neon flex rope and using its demo mode, you will need the following.

DC Barrel Jack Adapter - Female

DC Barrel Jack Adapter - Female

PRT-10288
$2.95
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Power Cable - 10A IEC C13 - 2m

Power Cable - 10A IEC C13 - 2m

TOL-14935
$5.95

Power Supply - 24V (5A)

TOL-13758
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To test and control the segments, you will need the following materials listed below.

SparkFun RedBoard - Programmed with Arduino

SparkFun RedBoard - Programmed with Arduino

DEV-13975
$19.95
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SparkFun USB Mini-B Cable - 6 Foot

SparkFun USB Mini-B Cable - 6 Foot

CAB-11301
$3.95
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Alligator Clip with Pigtail (10 Pack)

Alligator Clip with Pigtail (10 Pack)

CAB-14303
$6.95
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USB Wall Charger - 5V, 1A (Black)

USB Wall Charger - 5V, 1A (Black)

TOL-11456
$3.95
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Hook-up Wire - Black (22 AWG)

Hook-up Wire - Black (22 AWG)

PRT-08022
$2.50
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Tools

Depending on the application, you may need a soldering iron, solder, and general soldering accessories for a more secure connection. Otherwise, the following tools will suffice for hooking up and testing.

SparkFun Mini Screwdriver

SparkFun Mini Screwdriver

TOL-09146
$0.95
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Wire Strippers - 30AWG (Hakko)

TOL-12630
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Suggested Reading

If you aren't familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.

What is an Arduino?

What is this 'Arduino' thing anyway? This tutorials dives into what an Arduino is and along with Arduino projects and widgets.

Installing Arduino IDE

A step-by-step guide to installing and testing the Arduino software on Windows, Mac, and Linux.