Addressable Through-Hole 8mm RGB LED with Diffused Lens, WS2811 Driver (10-Pack)

This 10-pack of 8 mm through-hole RGB LEDs offers an easy way to add colourful and complex lighting effects to a project.

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A chain of addressable RGB LEDs (#2535 and #2536) on a breadboard, controlled by an A-Star 32U4 Micro

These LED 10-packs are an easy way to add colourful and complex lighting effects to a project. Each RGB LED contains an integrated WS2811 driver that allows it to be controlled with a high-speed one-wire interface (see the bottom of this page for sample code, including an Arduino library for controlling these LEDs). Multiple LEDs can be connected together to form a chain of RGB LEDs, and the entire chain can be controlled from a single microcontroller pin. These are very similar to the LEDs in our addressable RGB LED strips, but with these discrete LEDs you have far more flexibility in how they are arranged. The picture on the right shows a chain of 10 LEDs in a breadboard controlled by an A-Star 32U4 Micro.

We offer these LEDs in two different sizes: 5 mm and 8 mm.

Features and specifications

  • One-wire digital control interface
  • Can form a chain of individually-addressable RGB LEDs
  • 24-bit colour control (8-bit PWM per channel); 16.8 million colors per pixel
  • 5 V operating voltage
  • Draws approximately 50 mA at 5 V with red, green, and blue at full brightness
  • Colour ordering: red, green, blue
  • Example code available for Arduino, AVR, and mbed

Using the LED


The LED has 4 pins, as shown in the diagram below:

Pinout of 5 mm and 8 mm addressable RGB WS2811 LEDs with diffused lenses

The pins can be identified by the length of the leads or by looking for the flat side of the LED.

Connecting the LEDs

The DIN pin is the input signal pin. The DIN pin of the first LED in the chain should be connected to an I/O line of a microcontroller.

The 5V pin supplies power to the LED, and should be connected to a suitable 5 V power supply. The power supply should be capable of supplying enough current for all the LEDs it is powering. Each LED draws approximately 50 mA with all three channels at full brightness.

The GND pin should be connected to the ground pin of the microcontroller that is controlling the LEDs and also the negative terminal of the power supply.

The DOUT pin is optional and allows you to chain multiple LEDs together. It can be connected directly to the DIN pin of the next LED in the chain.

We recommend taking several precautions to protect these LEDs from damage:

  • Never supply more than 5 V to the LED.
  • Connect a capacitor of at least 10 μF between the ground and power lines.
  • Avoid making or changing connections while the circuit is powered.
  • Minimise the length of the wires connecting your microcontroller to the LED.
  • Follow generally good engineering practices, such as taking precautions against electrostatic discharge (ESD).
  • Consider adding a 100 Ω to 1000 Ω resistor between your microcontroller’s data output and the LED to reduce the noise on that line and to avoid accidentally powering the LED through its data input.

Warning: These LEDs can explode if they are pushed beyond their limits. For example, we were able to make an 8 mm LED explode by powering at 6 V and setting it to full brightness for about a minute (though we could not subsequently replicate that result). We strongly recommend you avoid powering these LEDs at voltages over 5 V.

Default Colour

After power is applied to these LEDs, they will emit bright blue light until the first colour command is received.


These LEDs can be chained with each other and also with other LED products that have a similar protocol. In particular, they can be chained with any of our WS281x-Based Addressable RGB LEDs. Even though these LEDs use a different colour ordering than the WS2812B (RGB instead of GRB), they can still be chained to WS2812B-based products.


These LEDs are controlled by a simple, high-speed one-wire protocol on the input signal line. The protocol is documented below.

The default, idle state of the signal line is low. To update the LED colors, you need to transmit a series of high pulses on the signal line. Each high pulse encodes one bit: a short pulse (0.35 μs) represents a zero, while a long pulse (0.9 μs) represents a one. The time between consecutive rising edges should be 1.25μs. After the bits are sent, the signal line should be held low for 50 μs to send a reset command, which makes the new colour data take effect.

WS281x RGB data timing diagram.

The colour of each LED is encoded as three LED brightness values, which must be sent in RGB (red-green-blue) order. Each brightness value is encoded as a series of 8 bits, with the most significant bit being transmitted first, so each LED colour takes 24 bits. The first colour transmitted applies to the LED that is closest to the control source, while the second colour transmitted applies to the next LED in the chain, and so on.

24 bits in RGB order represent the color of one LED

To update all the LEDs in the chain, you should send all the colors at once with no pauses. If you send fewer colors than the number of LEDs in the chain, then some LEDs near the end will not be updated. For example, to update 10 LEDs wired in a chain, you would send 240 bits encoded as high pulses and then hold the signal line low for 50 μs.

The high-speed protocol of the driver allows for fast updates; our library for the Arduino below takes about 1.1 ms to update 30 LEDs. However, constant updates are not necessary; the LED can hold its state indefinitely as long as power remains connected.

Implementing the protocol on a microcontroller

Two addressable RGB LEDs (#2535 and #2536) on a breadboard, controlled by an A-Star 32U4 Micro

Since this LED does not use a standard protocol, a software bit-banging approach is usually needed to control it from a microcontroller. Because of the sub-microsecond timing, the bit-banging code generally needs to be written in assembly or very carefully optimised C, and interrupts will need to be disabled while sending data to the LEDs. If the interrupts in your code are fast enough, they can be enabled during periods where the signal line is low. It is generally not possible to generate the required control signals directly from older, slower microcontroller boards, like the Basic Stamp, or from processors that run full operating systems and can experience multithreading delays, like the Raspberry Pi.

Sample code

To help you get started quickly, we provide sample code for these microcontroller platforms:

Additionally, the Adafruit NeoPixel library for Arduino should work with these LEDs since the NeoPixels are based on the similar WS2812B driver.



LED diameter: 8 mm

General specifications

Typical operating voltage: 5 V
LEDs: 10
Colour: RGB
Maximum current draw: 50 mA1


Measured at 5 V with all three channels at maximum brightness (i.e. full white). Can vary some from unit to unit.


Recommended links

Arduino library for addressable RGB LED strips from Pololu

This library allows you to control an arbitrary number of WS281x-Based Addressable RGB LEDs from an Arduino.

Adafruit NeoPixel library
This Arduino library from Adafruit is as an alternative to our library and should work for controlling our WS281x-Based Addressable RGB LEDs.
Adafruit NeoMatrix library
This Arduino library from Adafruit makes it easy to control matrices of NeoPixels (which are based on the WS2812B) and should also work with any chain of WS281x-Based Addressable RGB LEDs arranged in the correct grid pattern. Note that this library requires the Adafruit NeoPixel and Adafruit GFX libraries.
Example AVR code for addressable RGB LED strips from Pololu
This example AVR C code allows you to control WS281x-Based Addressable RGB LEDs with an AVR microcontroller.
PololuLedStrip mbed library
This library lets you control our WS281x-Based Addressable RGB LEDs from an mbed microcontroller board.

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