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Offline phishdad42

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Newbie wiring help
« on: December 11, 2018, 10:36:24 AM »
I've got my Pi, the PiCap, software loaded, etc., power supply, etc.,
I purchased a 1m string of neopixels to get my feet wet, however, the string I got has 4 wires instead of 3 which I and the piCap are expecting? Is it possible to wires these into the piCap?


I've got my power supply feeding the pi power through the piCap at the moment, and boots just fine.

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Newbie wiring help
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2018, 10:38:09 AM »
Link the string of lights. You may have the wrong kind, that has a clock-line

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Re: Newbie wiring help
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 11:23:41 AM »
Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip - Black 30 LED - BLACK

https://www.adafruit.com/product/1460?length=1




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Re: Newbie wiring help
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2018, 11:31:50 AM »
There may be more than 3 wires, but those are "3-wire" pixels.

Look at the strip input end and you'll see +5v, Din and Gnd.  Whichever wires connect to those points are what you want. Din is "Data" input.

(the extra wiring is sometimes added to aid in power injection if you link several 5m strips together.)

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Re: Newbie wiring help
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2018, 11:32:18 AM »
Okay, those look fine.  Looks like they've just attached the pigtails a bit odd.


For the PiCap, you should only have V+ (make sure you're powering with the correct voltage), Data (DI-data-in) and Ground.

 

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