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Adafruit NeoPixel 8x8 LED Matrix

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About this product


  • LED matrix with 64 vibrant RGB LEDs
  • Cable soldering required
  • Perfect for stylish and growing LED displays

Product overview

• LED matrix with 64 vibrant RGB LEDs
• Cable soldering required
• Perfect for stylish and growing LED displays
• Can be easily controlled and dimmed using an Arduino
• Uses a single digital pin
• 3v – 9v powered
• Support page available here.

Why pick the NeoPixel matrix?
If you’re looking for a simple but effective, easy to control RGB LED panel look no further than the ultra-bright NeoPixel matrix. With 64 magnificent LEDs you can create very vibrant lighting effects and can be easily controlled and managed by an Arduino board from a single digital pin. You can effortlessly tile these side by side so your 8x8 matrix could very quickly become a 16x8, making it perfect for scrolling text. You can keep adding to this even to a 16x16. In addition to this there is also a data out pin which allows you to connect more NeoPixels in series that aren’t matrices.

If you want to use more than four panels, an Arduino controller with more RAM than an UNO would be highly advised. A 5V, 10A power supply would also be recommended.

What is a NeoPixel?
A NeoPixel is a 5mm by 5mm square LED that can host 24-bit colour. To put that in perspective that’s 16,777,216 different shades of colour available to you with each LED, mixing red, green and blue. They use built-in drivers so there’s minimal preparation and next to no coding required to get going.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you can speak to all the LEDs individually, telling them what colour and brightness to display. They also ensure no matter how many LEDs are active or changing, you will always get the same quality of colour, and the same brightness throughout.

These NeoPixels only require 3v – 9v to power and at full brightness use 60mA per LED. In addition to this you only need to use one digital pin to control a range of NeoPixels, making it very easy to implement into any project. You can find out even more about NeoPixels and best practice here.

What library will I need to use?
NeoPixels can be easily controlled using Adafruits NeoPixel library available here. An Arduino library allows quick and easy programming for a vast range of projects. In the case of the NeoPixel library, it allows you to quickly manipulate any number of NeoPixel LEDs individually.


Input Voltage 5 V DC (External)
Connection Soldered
Communication 1x PWM Digital I/O
# of LEDs 64
LED Colour RGB
Addressable Yes
Mounting Holes M2
Dimensions (W x D x H) 71.17 mm x 71.17 mm x 3.28 mm

Hi, What are the physical dimensions of the panel? (Apologies if I am being blind, but I can't find them in the description/details).
Asked by: Andy Catherall
Dimensions: 71.17mm / 2.8" x 71.17mm / 2.8" x 3.28mm / 0.12"; Weight: 24.21g.
Answered by: rs
Date published: 2015-07-17

Hiya, If I buy this, is everything included to make it work?
Asked by: Anthony
this is purely the LED display, you would need to connect it to your existing Arduino controller and program it for it to do anything
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2015-07-17
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