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LED Pixel Protocol WS2811


This pixel protocol was designed by World Semi in China. WS2811 offers many of the benefits the WS28xx series is famous for, in a form factor of a SOP package. Typically, users will choose WS2813 or above for higher quality, however WS2811 is still one of the most common protocols for pixel lighting displays. The control circuit comes in a SOP8 package, allowing for more flexibility with LED choice.

WS2811 pixel protocol - Advatek Lighting

WS2811 pixel protocol


PixLite Mk1

PixLite Mk2

PixLite Mk3

Clock Type


Color Resolution


Current Control

Physical Package




Input Voltage


Output Pixel Voltage


PWM Rate


Suitable Camera

Unsuitable for cameras 

Data Transfer Rate


Redundant Data Line

Considerations for Use


  • Up to 12V, allowing for long cable lengths


  • Data-only restricts refresh rates to be limited by the speed of the protocol, which can be slow
  • Low PWM rate makes theses pixels unsuitable for cameras
  • Only 8 bits of data for each color makes dimming curves less smooth
  • No redundancy in data

PixLite Support

Are you looking for WS2811 pixel drivers that work with Art-Net or sACN?

All PixLite Mk1, Mk2, and Mk3 products support WS2811 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.

Note: Depending on the manufacturer your pixels are sourced from, your pixels may be WS2811 V1.4 or WS2811. Contact us if you need assistance in determining this.

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