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LED Strip
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LED Strip

by MrsKaminski on Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:45 pm

Hi,

I ordered a 5 meter LED strip, thinking that it was 5 separate LED strips, with 30 LEDs each, that my students could use with their Arduinos. I wanted 5 separate students to be able to program the LED strips. Now that I have one large LED strip, I would still like to figure out a way for my students to to use them with the Arduinos. How can I cut the LED strips so that each student has a piece to use? Also, how do the students connect the strip to their breadboards/Arduino?

Thanks,
Cassie

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Re: LED Strip

by adafruit_support_bill on Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:47 pm

What kind of LED strip did you purchase? Please post a link to the product. Most strips can be cut. But the details vary depending on the type of strip.

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Re: LED Strip

by MrsKaminski on Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:50 pm


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Re: LED Strip

by adafruit_support_bill on Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:01 pm

OK. Neopixels are easy. You can cut them at the solder-pads between any two pixels. In the photo below, you can see a line with a little scissors icon across the middle of the solder pads.

Instructions for connecting and powering Neopixels can be found here: http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-neopixel-uberguide

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Re: LED Strip

by MrsKaminski on Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:23 pm

Do you have any suggestions for connecting these to the Arduino without soldering? Also, why is a capacitor necessary?

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Re: LED Strip

by adafruit_support_bill on Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:32 pm

You could use alligator clips on the solder pads. https://www.adafruit.com/?q=alligator
But they can move around and cause short circuits. If possible, soldering some short wires to the pads before you give them to the students would give the alligator clips something better to grip.

The capacitor is mostly to protect the pixels from damage from power-on spikes from the power supply. If you are powering short strips directly from the Arduino, you don't really need the capacitor.

Also, if you keep your connections reasonably short (less than a foot or so) you don't really need the recommended resistor on the signal line.

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