An Implementation of Adafruit's DotStar Library for the Spark Core
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A library for manipulating DotStar RGB LEDs for the Spark Core, Particle Photon, P1, Electron, and RedBear Duo.

Implementation based on Adafruit's DotStar Library.

DotStar LED's are APA102: Datasheet

Components Required

  • A DotStar digital RGB LED (get at
  • A Particle Shield Shield or breakout board to supply DotStars with 5V (see store at

Example Usage

Adafruit_DotStar strip = Adafruit_DotStar(NUMPIXELS, DATAPIN, CLOCKPIN);
void setup() {
void loop() {
  // change your pixel colors and call again


  • Make sure get the # of pixels, clock and data pin numbers (SW SPI can be any pins, HW SPI can only be A3 (clock) & A5 (data))

  • DotStars require 5V logic level inputs and the Spark Core/Photon/P1/Electron only have 3.3V logic level digital outputs. Level shifting from 3.3V to 5V is necessary, the Spark Shield Shield has the TXB0108PWR 3.3V to 5V level shifter built in (but has been known to oscillate at 50MHz with wire length longer than 6"), alternatively you can wire up your own with a SN74HCT245N, or SN74HCT125N. These are rock solid.

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