This pixel protocol was designed by APA Electronic Co. in Taiwan. Also known as “Superled”, APA109 is the RGBW version of APA104 and is one of the most common protocols for pixel lighting displays. The control circuit and LEDs are integrated in a 5050 SMD package, which provides a small physical footprint for each pixel.
|SMD5050 with integrated LEDs|
Output Pixel Voltage
|Up to 40fps|
Data Transfer Rate
Redundant Data Line
700 – 1000 mcd
620 – 630 nm
1500 – 2200 mcd
515 – 530 nm
200 – 400 mcd
460 – 475 nm
3300 – 5000 mcd
2700 – 7000 K
Considerations for Use
- High PWM rate allows for filming these pixels with cameras up to 40fps
- Presence of white LED allows for higher brightness and more color mixing options
- Data-only restricts refresh rates to be limited by the speed of the protocol, which can be slow
- Only 8 bits of data for each color makes dimming curves less smooth
- Limited to 5V, causing short cable lengths
- No redundancy in data
Are you looking for APA109 pixel drivers that work with Art-Net or sACN?
All PixLite Mk2 and Mk3 products support APA109 as an available Pixel IC type, so get in touch with us to find out how the lighting specialists at Advatek can support you in your pixel lighting project.