How much power do addressable LEDs use?

There are lots of different digitally addressable LEDs out there, the more popular one’s are WS2812b and SK6812 for instance. But how much do all these LEDs use? What’s the advantage of using 5v or 12v LEDs? Is there a difference in power usage? Let’s test this to find out!

Make sure to also watch the video at the bottom of the page to understand the sheet better!

If you want to learn how to apply the below values to calculate everything you need, watch this livestream

Buying LEDs?

Check out my guide on selecting the right LED strip for your project, then use the below sheets to calculate their power draw! All strips linked in the LED guide article are the versions tested below!

Digitally Addressable LED Sheet

Because the sheet is getting more complex, I have split the sheet in a 5v,12v and 24v version! Please read and compare all to do comparisons! All tables are aligned so you can also compare the types of LEDs you want directly in excel!

5v sheet

To download the most recent version of the 5v sheet in excel format, click here: LED power table_5v_v1.04

To download the most recent version of the 5v sheet in PNG format, click the picture!

12v sheet

To download the most recent version of the 12v sheet in excel format, click here: LED power table_12v_v1.03

To download the most recent version of the 12v sheet in PNG format, click the picture!

24v sheet

To download the most recent version of the 24v sheet in excel format, click here: LED power table_24v_v1.01

To download the most recent version of the 24v sheet in PNG format, click the picture!

Calculate Voltage drop

With the above numbers you can now also calculate voltage drop for the wires you ae going to run. I like using this calculator!

Video part