I have a WS2812B RGB LED strip that I want to use with an Arduino. The directions state that it's best to use a capacitor and a resistor in order to have smooth operation.
So I bought a 600pcs 30Value 20pcs Each 1% 1/4W Metal Film Resistor Assortment Kit, not knowing that the directions pointed to a kit that was titled Resistor Kit - 1/4W (500 total) Carbon Film 5%.
I hooked up the 1000 µF Capacitor to the power line and grounded the other end (which worked just fine), and also added a 470 Ω resistor to the digital pin on the Arduino.
I added the code and uploaded it to the Arduino, and nothing happened. I fiddled around with it until I found the cause of the issue: the resistor I was using. So I tried 220 Ω and it also would not allow the LED strip to light up.
I then decided to take out the resistor altogether, and things worked just fine.
Now my question is: what is the equivalent of a 470 Ω metal film 1% resistor, since it seems they are using a carbon resistor for this project?
I really do not want to have to purchase another bag of resistors just so I can have some carbon film resistors.
Any information/knowledge would be great! Thanks!