While you can drive a few thousand LEDs from a Pixelblaze (note that you’ll need to think carefully about your power supply setup if you’re planning on using this many LEDs), the rate at which you can update the pixels goes down as the number of pixels goes up, so if you want large numbers of pixels and smooth animations, you may want to consider the output expander add-on, which has eight outputs for you to split your LEDs between. We’ve used and enjoyed the Pixelblaze V2 previously, and the V3 looks like it includes a great set of improvements – the biggest one being the boost in processing power from an ESP8266 to an ESP32. While we haven’t had a chance to get our hands on it yet, it looks like an evolutionary increase in specs rather than a revolutionary new product. Given that the Pixelblaze V2 is already a great device, we’re excited to see what the new processor capabilities mean for this device.
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