RGB Panel Hookup Guide

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Resources and Going Further

Now that you know how to make use of these beautiful RGB LED matrices, what nifty project are you going to create with them? Here are some more resources, if you need them:

SmartLED Shield for Teensy

Looking for a faster processor and more memory to drive RGB LED matrices? Try looking at the SmarLED Shield for Teensy.

Getting Started with the SmartLED Shield for Teensy

November 9, 2018

In this tutorial, we will connect different RGB LED matrix panels to PixelMatix's SmartLED shield and Teensy.

Try making a hover pong game with the 32x32 RGB LED Matrix using a gesture sensor and the SmartLED Shield. The example code can be found in the GitHub repo HoverPong.

Need some inspiration for your next project? Check out some of these related tutorials:

RGB Panel Jumbotron

This tutorial will show you how to combine a webcam, a 32x32 RGB LED panel, and a Teensy 3.1 to stream video from the webcam, pixelate it, and display it on the LED panel - LIVE.

Hackers in Residence: The Sound Visualizer

A fun project that uses a Raspberry Pi and a custom Java app to create your own sound visualizer using a RGB LED matrix.

Hackers in Residence: The Sound Visualizer Pt. 2

An addition to a previous project, this time using a PC and a custom Java app to create your own music visualizer using a RGB LED matrix.

Live Spotify Album Art Display

Learn how to turn our 64x64 RGB LED Matrix Panel into a display for your current Spotify album art using an ESP32.

If you're looking for even more inspiration or more stuff to learn, check out these tutorials:


Light is a useful tool for the electrical engineer. Understanding how light relates to electronics is a fundamental skill for many projects.

Serial Graphic LCD Hookup

Learn how to use the Serial Graphic LCD.

LED Light Bar Hookup

A quick overview of SparkFun's LED light bars, and some examples to show how to hook them up.

Graphic LCD Hookup Guide

How to add some flashy graphics to your project with a 84x48 monochrome graphic LCD.

SparkFun LED Array (8x7) Hookup Guide

Getting started with the Charlieplexed 8x7 LED array.

Marquee Party Bag

This tutorial provides everything you need to know to make your own Marquee Party Bag!
Or check out this blog post for ideas. Remember, since the 1:8 scan rate 32x32 RGB LED Panel is a SparkX product, support is limited. There is a useful modified Arduino library specifically for a panel with 1:8 scan rate.