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Good tips for powering any kind of LED strips from the Adafruit NeoPixel Überguide | Adafruit Learning System

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/10/22

Read these tips before playing with any kind of LED strips: [WayBack] Powering NeoPixels | Adafruit NeoPixel Überguide | Adafruit Learning System.

There are more, but these are the most important:

  • When connecting NeoPixels to any live power source or microcontroller, ALWAYS CONNECT GROUND (–) BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE. Conversely, disconnect ground last when separating.
  • Adding a 300 to 500 Ohm resistor between your microcontroller’s data pin and the data input on the first NeoPixel can help prevent voltage spikes that might otherwise damage your first pixel. Please add one between your micro and NeoPixel.
  • Before connecting a NeoPixel strip to ANY source of power, we very strongly recommend adding a large capacitor (1000 µF, 6.3V or higher) across the + and – terminals. This prevents the initial onrush of current from damaging the pixels.
  • Be extremely cautious with bench power supplies. Some — even reputable, well-regarded brands — can produce a large voltage spike when initially switched on, instantly destroying your NeoPixels!
    If you use a bench supply, do not connect NeoPixels directly. Turn on the power supply first, let the voltage stabilize, then connect the pixels (GND first).

Via: [WayBack] Bouw je eigen ledtafel – Tot slot – Achtergrond – Tweakers

–jeroen

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