Addressable LED Strip Hookup Guide

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Light Up Your Life

Nothing looks as festive as a bunch of bright, colorful lights concentrated into a tight space. And for that, I heartily recommend an addressable LED strip. It's very bright, super vivid, and easy to hookup. This tutorial covers all of the wiring and code necessary to light up a single string of addressable LEDs with just a RedStick and a AA Battery Pack.

LED RGB Strip - Addressable, Bare, 1m (APA104)


Covered in This Tutorial

Required Materials

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need the following parts:

You will also need to following tools:

Suggested Reading

If you've never worked with addressable LEDs or with the RedStick, we recommend checking out these other guides first.

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