Wires & Cables for NeoPixel Strip

Use the following wires and cables for the NeoPixel strips.

  • 2x 3-Wire Silicone Cable – 25cm long
  • 2x 3-Pin JST-PH Cable – 17cm long

Solder Cables to Strips

Tin the pads on the first pixel in the NeoPixel strip. Attach the first 3-wire silicone cable to the first pixel in the strip.

Flip the strip over and solder the second cable to the NeoPixel strip.

Leave some space in between the two LED strips to avoid bridging solder.

Insulate Exposed Pads

Add pieces of heat shrink tubing to the insulate the exposed pads and wire. Slip the pieces over the cables and use heat to shrink the tubing. Repeat this process for the second NeoPixel strip.

Solder Wires to 3-Pin JST Cable

Measure, cut and tin the wires on the 3-pin JST cable.

Add pieces of heat shrink to the JST cable before soldering wires.

The wires from the two silicone cables are soldered to the ends of the wires on the 3-pin JST cable.

Use two helping third hands to keep the wires together while soldering. 

Solder the two voltage wires from the strips to the red wire on the 3-pin JST cable. Solder the ground wires to the black wire. Then, solder the data wires to the white wire.

Insulate Exposed Wires

Double check the solder joints are solid in each set of wires. Slip the pieces of heat shrink over the exposed connected. Then, apply heat to the tubing to shrink them. 

Wired NeoPixel Strips

The double-sided back-to-back NeoPixel strip is now ready to test out.

Test NeoPixel Strips

Connect the 3-pin JST cable from the strip to the NeoPixel port on the PropMaker FeatherWing. Apply power to the Feather by connecting the battery.

The code, libraries and sound files should already uploaded to the Feather board.

This guide was first published on Jan 19, 2021. It was last updated on Jul 21, 2024.

This page (Wiring the NeoPixel Strips) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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