What is APA102?
APA102 is a 6-pin smart LED light control chip built into a 2020 or 5050 RGB SMD LED or 5050 white SMD LED, each LED can be individually controlled and programmed for brightness and color. LED strip and modular light panels controlled by SuperLED APA102 IC chip have signal and clock lines, are capable of 19KHZ update rates and 30mHZ transmission rates, so the APA102 LED is virtually flicker-free.
APA102 vs WS2812 Series: APA102 has an additional clock line than WS2812B, allowing data to be transferred at a faster rate, with a smoother and more detailed LED effect. The clock line also allows APA102 to achieve precise timing synchronization, ensuring that both color and brightness changes of the LEDs are performed accurately. Thanks to the clock line, APA102 is somewhat more resistant to interference.
APA102 vs SK9822: APA102 and SK9822 are the same data+clock LED control type, but the way of updating data and global brightness control are different; APA102 updates data staggered, while SK9822 updates data at the same time, and the chip size of APA102 is bigger.
APA102C is a replacement for APA102 in order to reduce costs and meet market demand at a more competitive price. Our APA102 and APA102C led strips are available in a variety of densities and waterproof options to meet the needs of engineering projects and DIY projects.
How to control APA102 LED strip lights?
APA102 addressable LED strip, support DC5V low voltage input, single LED cuttable, individually addressable. APA102 LED strip can achieve ultra-narrow, high density or single white color, work with Dream Color LED controller or Raspberrypi / Arduino UNO / WLED development board can achieve addressable strip color, mode, control mode of dynamic adjustment. Meanwhile, we can customize the strip length, waterproof level and different color temperature of the APA102 LED strip for you.