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Adafruit NeoPixel Ring – 16 RGB LEDs

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About this product


  • Vibrant ring of 16 RGB LEDs
  • Can be sewn or soldered
  • Great for all light projects and wearables

Product overview

• Vibrant ring of 16 RGB LEDs
• Can be sewn or soldered
• Great for all light projects and wearables
• Can easily be controlled and dimmed using an Arduino
• Uses a single digital pin
• 3v – 9v powered
• Arduino library available here

Why pick the NeoPixel Ring – 16?
If you love RGB lights and want to make a wearable project that sticks out among the rest then the NeoPixel Ring – 16 is the one for you. With 16 individually controllable LEDs assorted in a ring that uses a single data pin you can fashion your own LED glasses by daisy chaining two together using the data in and data out pins. You could even pair this with a GPS sensor to use as an LED compass.

In addition, a Adafruit Gemma will fit inside the Ring – 16.

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.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pixels work perfectly, quick delivery Hard to know what to add to to a review, the neoPixel rings are a well known component. How they perform is to a great extent down to your code and soldering skills. Delivered quickly after order and now working well in situ. The only down side is these are web only so you can't call into a store and get them.
Date published: 2016-08-25
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Input Voltage 4 - 7 V DC (External)
Connection Solder / Sew
Communication 1x PWM Digital I/O
# of LEDs 16
LED Colour RGB
Addressable Yes
Mounting Holes None
Height 7 mm
Outer Diameter 44.5 mm
Inner Diameter 31.75 mm