WS2812 Surface Mount RGB LED

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  • Jameco Part no.: 2245239
  • Manufacturer: Jameco Valuepro
  • Manufacturer no.: WS2812-SMD
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  • This item is discontinued and is not
    recommended for new designs.
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WS2812 Surface Mount RGB LED

The WS2812B RGB LED is a small size with BIG color. The chip has a special LED on board that contains three separate LEDs (red, green, and blue) as well as a smart IC that can individually control each LED. Each color has 256 intensity levels which allows the LED to produce 24-bit color (more than 16 million colors). Each LED is instructed by using a special serial protocol which allows many LEDs to be daisy-chained together so one microcontroller can control the whole chain with a single data signal. Any number of these LEDs can be chained together by connecting one LED's data-out (DO) pin to the next LED's data-in (DI) pin.

Caution - these LEDs are extremely bright! You might want to avoid looking directly at them up close when lit.


  • String many together to make an array of individually addressable lights
  • 24-bit color - each LED can display more than 16 million unique colors of the rainbow
  • Small size 5050 SMD component
  • Control all LEDs in a chain with a single I/O pin


  • Holiday decorations
  • Multi-color status LED for your project
  • Color-changing robotic eyes
Note: This LED requires a +5V power supply to work. Devices that interface at 3.3V can still communicate with the module, but the module will need to be supplied with 5 volts on the 5V pin. Additionally, the serial communication protocol the module utilizes relies heavily on strict timing constraints. Thus, the BASIC Stamp modules cannot reliably communicate with the WS2812B RGB LED.


  • Voltage requirements: 5 V
  • Current requirements: Up to 50 mA
  • Communication: Custom asynchronous serial
  • Operating temperature range: -13 to +172 °F (-25 to +80 °C)

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