LilyPad Pixel Board Hookup Guide

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Contributors: Gella , MikeGrusin
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Introduction

Tired of having to stick with one LED color choice on your LilyPad LED projects? Using addressable LilyPad Pixel Boards allows your project to showcase a variety of colors with less wiring - several of these breakouts can be chained together and controlled by one pin on a LilyPad Arduino. The pixel board is equipped with a WS2812B which is actually an RGB LED with a WS2811 built right into the LED! So set aside some time (and alligator clips) to prototype along with us and then brainstorm how to implement it into a wearable project.

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Unlike LilyPad LEDs, which will light when connected to a power source, LilyPad Pixel Boards need to be connected to a microcontroller in order to illuminate.

Suggested Reading

This is an intermediate LilyPad project, so we assume you are comfortable with sewing with conductive thread and uploading code to your LilyPad Arduino. Here are some tutorials to review before beginning this project:

If you have not worked with WS2812 LEDs (also known as Neopixel LEDs), we recommend visiting this tutorial first:

WS2812 Breakout Hookup Guide

July 24, 2013

How to create a pixel string with the WS2812!