For advanced users needing fully customized designs, discrete DotStar components are available. You’ll need to provide your own PCB and surface-mount soldering skill.

SMT DotStars

Surface-mount “5050” (5 millimeter square) DotStars are available in a few varieties:

Approximate color temperature:

  • Cool white: 6000–6500K
  • Warm white: 3000K

Tiny surface-mount “2020” (2.0 millimeters square) DotStars are available in RGB (no pure white option):


The manufacturer’s product datasheets refer to these as “APA102” LEDs, though in reality the 5mm parts are SK9822 LEDs — “APA102 compatible” both in pinout and protocol.

This guide was first published on Dec 24, 2014. It was last updated on Dec 24, 2014.

This page (Individual DotStars) was last updated on Oct 07, 2018.

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