This version of the APA102 (or “DotStar”) is an astoundingly tiny, 2020-sized (2x2mm) SMD LED. With an integrated control circuit embedded, the APA102-2020 is incredibly bright and colorful. If you look really closely, you can see the tiny gold chip hidden in there, along with minuscule gold wires connecting the chip to the LED. This miniaturized version of the APA102C LEDs found in our Lumenati line is perfect for applications needing a bit of color while not possessing a lot of real estate.
Each APA102-2020 in this strip of 10 contains three even smaller LEDs, hence RGB (Red/Green/Blue). It is important to remember just how small these LEDs are. They can be extremely difficult to solder, so we do recommend that you have good SMD soldering skills before incorporating the APA102-2020. But, hey, that’s why we give you these in strips of 10!