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PiGlow 18 LED Breakout Board for Raspberry Pi

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About this product


  • 18 coloured LEDs with adjustable brightness
  • Add some light and colour to your Raspberry Pi
  • Use it as a feedback indicator for your projects

Product overview

• 18 coloured LEDs with adjustable brightness
• Add some light and colour to your Raspberry Pi
• Use it as a feedback indicator for your projects
• Fits within inside the Pibow cases
• Individually addressable LEDs
• Example code included
• Compatible with all Raspberry Pi models

What will the PiGlow add to my Raspberry Pi?
Your Raspberry Pi, by itself, is not designed to communicate easily to people in its surroundings. Many choose to have their Raspberry Pi running an application whilst not plugged into a screen, such as for applications outdoors or somewhere away from a screen. Your PiGlow adds immediate visual capability to your Raspberry Pi, whether you want to practise programming real-world objects or simply add some decorative lights to your Raspberry Pi. The PiGlow is very compact and connects to your board, even enclosed in a transparent case, all without the need for a soldering iron.

This breakout shield supplies your Raspberry Pi model with 18 individually controlled, dimmable LEDs that come in one of six colours. You can adjust the brightness through Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) which switches the LED on and off so quickly that, to the human eye, it appears dimmer or brighter accordingly. This allows you to select 256 different levels of brightness for each LED.

What can I use the PiGlow for?
With a selection colours to choose from, the PiGlow can be used for atmospheric mood lighting. For electronic projects, it can be used to communicate the status of current system load and/or environmental changes detected by components connected to the Raspberry Pi. For software projects, it can be used to communicate download status, show incoming notifications, as a countdown timer or to display the volume level of a media player. You can even use traffic light colours to quickly display information.

What is compatible with my PiGlow?
The PiGlow is compatible with all versions of the Raspberry Pi. It connects via the GPIO header and communicates using the I2C protocol. This means it can interface with all 18 of the LEDs, sending complex instructions to each without the need for a large number of physical connections.

Even if you are new to programming hardware, this breakout shield for the Raspberry Pi is supplied with some example code in the Python programming language, allowing you to control the LEDs.


Type of devices LED add-on board
Compatible with which Pi's? B, B+, A, A+, 2
Pin outs n/a
Sockets GPIO
Voltage Manufacturer not specified
Current Manufacturer not specified
Switching current n/a
Assembly required None
Soldering required None
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