When you buy a pack from Adafruit, it comes with the fully tested and assembled backpack as well as a 7-segment display in one of the colors we provide (say, red, yellow, blue or green). You'll need to solder the matrix onto the backpack but its an easy task.
Remove the parts from packaging and place the LED matrix OVER the silkscreen side. DO NOT PUT THE DISPLAY ON UPSIDE DOWN OR IT WONT WORK!! Check the image below to make sure the 'decimal point' dots are in the same location as the ones on the silkscreen.
Turn the backpack over so its sitting flat on the matrix and ready to solder.
Then solder each pin. There are 8 on each end for a total of 16.
That completes the basic assembly. For use on a breadboard, you will want to also install a 5-pin header on the edge of the board.
Clip the long pins close to the board.
Cut the header strip to length if necessary and insert LONG pins down into the breadboard.
Then solder all 5 pins.

This guide was first published on Jul 29, 2012. It was last updated on Sep 28, 2022.

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