The great thing about these NeoPixel strands is that most of the wiring is already done for you, we just need to make some connections at the ends.

We'll show making an adapter for the microcontroller, then attach the NeoPixels with their included connector. Power connects at the opposite end of the light strand. That’s something frequently overlooked with NeoPixel projects: while color data must travel in a specific direction from “in” to “out,” power can go either way. In the diagram above, a 5V power supply is connected at the end of the strand, and we tap off this at the start of the strand to power the microcontroller, where the strand’s data input is also connected.

You can easily chain multiple light strands together with their included connectors.  Just remember that if you have more than a few strands chained together, you may need a beefier power supply.  A modest 2 Amp supply is good for a couple strands, or the 4A power supply listed in the sidebar should work for at least 5-8 strands, depending on how you set the brightness level.

This guide was first published on Dec 22, 2017. It was last updated on Jul 09, 2024.

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