LED Strip HAT Mini
Linux Format|August 2020
LED Strip HAT Mini
Les Pounder, unlike Gremlins, loves bright lights. So when a new board offered easy access to controllable RGB LEDs, he built a new gizmo!
Les Pounder


LED Strip HAT Mini is a Swiss Army knife for LED projects. It provides an excellent external power input solution and works with WS2812 (Neopixel) and APA102 (DotStar) addressable LEDs. Designed for the Pi Zero range, but compatible with other Raspberry Pis, this is a solid board with power monitoring and reverse polarity protection.

Making lights flash with a Raspberry Pi is a rite of passage for any budding maker. There are many ways to do this, the most simple being the humble LED. But for some makers the lure of controlling a long string of programmable, addressable RGB LEDs is too much. The LED Strip HAT Mini from Pimoroni is made to fit on top of all 40-pin models of Raspberry Pi, but is also designed to match the footprint of the Pi Zero range. The board fits above the GPIO pins, and can be secured in place using M2.5 standoffs.


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August 2020