RGB IC Pixel Types and compatibility

This page will be expanded over time as new IC types become popular in Christmas lighting.


Always check the labels on your RGB pixels. V+/GND may be reversed, i.e. GND top and V+ bottom.
Connecting V+ from your power source incorrectly to your lights will likely damage them.


WS281X

WS2811, WS2812: Three wires, no clock. 8-bit.
Pixel Pinout
V+
DATA
GND

WS2818, WS2813: Four wires, no clock, data backup. 8-bit.
Pixel Pinout
V+
BACKUP
DATA
GND

+ works with...
WS2811
INK1003
UCS1903
GS8206

INK1003

DC5v: Three wires, no clock. 8-bit.
DC12v: Four wires, no clock, built in 5v regulator every 50cm or 100cm. 8-bit.
Pixel Pinout
V+ (12v)
V+ (5v)
DATA
GND

+ works with...
WS2811
INK1003
UCS1903
GS8206

GS820X

GS8206, GS8208. Four wires, no clock, data backup. 8-bit.

+ works with...
WS2811
INK1003
UCS1903
GS8206

WS2801

Four wires, with clock. 8-bit.

+ works with...
WS2801

LPD6803

Four wires, with clock. 5-bit.

+ works with...
LPD6803
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