Description: This is the breakout board for a Piranha LED. The Piranha is a high power RGB (red-green-blue) LED. An RGB LED can, in it's basic form, can light up in either red, blue or green. You can also mix the colors to create other colors!
Due to the Piranha's square shape it does not play nicely with breadboards. This where our Piranha breakout board comes in handy. This breakout board makes the Piranha breadboard compatible.
- Breakout PCB
- Piranha LED
- 3x 470 ohm Resistors (optional)
- 4 pin Male Header
- Mounting holes
The resistors are optional. If the lines going in to this led are being pulsed, or already have resistors in your project, all you need to do is solder in the LED, and connect. If you need to use the included resistors, you need to score the connections underneath the resistors on the bottom side (see photo). Use a utility / hobby knife to cut the small trace between the pads on the bottom. Test with a multimeter to make sure the trace gets cut.
Here is a video of what RobotGrrl did with her pre-release samples:
The Piranha included in this kit is a common cathode model, this means that you connect ground (0 volts) to the "C" pin and +5 volts to the R,G or B pins to light the LED.
Kit requires: Soldering iron, solder and (optional) hobby knife.
Note: The Piranha LED Breakout Board, is just that, a breakout board, it does not control the LED, it just makes it easy to connect your the LED. If you are looking for something that can be chained together to run many LEDs take a look at Macetech's ShiftBrites. ShiftBrites only use four pins on your micro-controller and you can chain 100's of them together.