Connect Electronics

First we'll connect the electronics before we add the code and attach the strip to a bed frame (or another piece of furniture).

Because these specific NeoPixel strips come in 5 meter reels, if you order 1m of reel you may get a piece of reel in the middle and thus may have to solder to the pads of the strip. Here are the two possibilities of strip end you may get and how to connect to the PyPortal with each.

Connect without soldering

If the data in end of your neopixel strip looks like this, connect wires the following way.

The data in end of a NeoPixel strip is the end where the arrows on the strip are pointing away from.
  • Attach the JST connector to D3 on the back of the PyPortal.
  • Plug the white and black cables into the corresponding inputs on the NeoPixel strip.
  • Connect the alligator clips from the red JST cable to the red NeoPixel cable.

Connect by soldering:

Here's a great guide to soldering for your reference.

If the data in end of your NeoPixel strip looks like this, connect wires the following way.

  • Prep 3 wires, preferable a red, black and white.
  • Solder red to 5V, white to Din and black to GND on the neopixel strip.
  • Attach the JST connector to D3 on the back of the PyPortal.
  • Connect the female breadboard cables from the PyPortal to the NeoPixel strip.
This guide was first published on Aug 07, 2019. It was last updated on Aug 07, 2019. This page (Connect Electronics) was last updated on Sep 11, 2019.