Pimoroni Unicorn Hat for Raspberry Pi 8x8 RGB Bright LEDs

Price match guranteePrice match guarantee

We can price match this item if found elsewhere. Call us on:

0333 400 9500

Quoting product code: N53EA


About this product


Product overview

• A small board with an array of bright, 24-bit colour LEDs
• Add brightness and colour to your Raspberry Pi
• A compact and slim unit to fit neatly into electronics projects
• Programmable lights can convey information and simple graphics on 64 LEDs
• Use the scrolling text function to see tweets and incoming emails
• Example code available for beginners
• Compatible with all Raspberry Pi models that have 40 pins or above

How will the Unicorn Hat enhance my Raspberry Pi?
The Unicorn brings colour and light to your Raspberry Pi with an 8x8 array of bright LEDs. This is a Raspberry Pi Hat, which means it sits on top of your Raspberry Pi and is plugged into the GPIO pins.

The Unicorn Hat is very slim. When plugged into the Raspberry Pi, its entire profile sits below the USB sockets on the B+ board. With the ability to instantly add communication to your Raspberry Pi, the possibilities of what you use this for are only limited by imagination.

What can I use the Unicorn Hat for?
The Unicorn Hat allows you to display patterns, graphics and scrolling text on your Raspberry Pi. It contains 64 LEDs, each of which are 24-bit coloured RGB lights capable of radiating a very bright beam. It is advised not to look at them directly when on their brightest setting to avoid discomfort.

You can leave the shield on and have the Unicorn Hat as a notification centre to inform you on matters from weather updates to whether someone has emailed or tweeted you. The Raspberry Pi platform is great for educational development in electronics and software. In using the Unicorn, you have an excellent device to learn and see your progress with.

You can adjust the brightness of the LEDs and use the Unicorn Hat for projects that include synchronising it with music, or playing a basic computer game.

You can see examples of code for your Unicorn Hat on this Github repository.

What is compatible with the Unicorn Hat board?
The Unicorn Hat board is compatible with all Raspberry Pi models that have 40 pins or above. However, if you have not yet purchased a Raspberry Pi, it is worth noting that the Unicorn Hat looks flush with the model A+ as they have the same footprint area.

It is recommended that the Raspberry Pi is powered by a 2A USB supply if you wish to use the Unicorn hat at full power on it brightest setting.

WARNING: These bright lights may cause epileptic seizures on a strobe setting.


Type of device RGB LED HAT
Compatible with which Pi's? Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, B+ and A+
Pin outs n/a
Sockets GPIO
Voltage Powered through the Pi
Current Manufacturer Not Specified
Switching current Manufacturer Not Specified
Assembly required No
Soldering required No
Package Contents
Unicorn Hat

Hi, what is the power output of the led lights equivalent in watts or lumens ?

Asked by: Shahid
Unfortunately that information is not readily available . This service is for frequently asked questions and does not allow two way communication, In order for us to best assist you with your technical issue please contact us on the details below: 0333 400 9500 or email technical@maplin.co.uk
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-06-12

is the case included , if not what is the part code?

Asked by: james
No case is included, and the part code would vary as we sell many cases for the RPI.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2015-11-14
  • y_2017, m_10, d_16, h_22CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_2.0.3
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_2
  • loc_en_GB, sid_N53EA, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=LAST_APPROVED_ANSWER_SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_maplin-en_gb