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LED Pixel Protocol WS2813


This pixel protocol was designed by World Semi in China. WS2813 offers many of the benefits the WS28xx series is famous for, as well as being the first in the series to offer both a redundant data line and a much higher PWM rate, making it one of the most common protocols for pixel lighting displays. There are multiple variants of WS2813, including A, B, C and D. These variants offer different brightness levels so that all budgets are met. The control circuit and LEDs are integrated in a 5050 SMD package, which provides a small physical footprint for each pixel.

WS2813 pixel protocol - Advatek Lighting

WS2813 pixel protocol


PixLite Mk1

PixLite Mk2

PixLite Mk3

Clock Type


Color Resolution


Current Control

Physical Package

SMD5050 with integrated LEDs 



Input Voltage


Output Pixel Voltage


PWM Rate


Suitable Camera

Up to 67fps 

Data Transfer Rate


Redundant Data Line



Brightness (A) 

Brightness (B) 

Brightness (C) 

Brightness (D) 



480 mcd 

360 mcd 

120 mcd 

100 mcd 

620 – 622 nm 


1500 mcd 

1150 mcd 

540 mcd 

420 mcd 

522 – 525 nm 


320 mcd 

220 mcd 

130 mcd 

110 mcd 

467 – 470 nm 

Considerations for Use


  • Up to 12V, allowing for long cable lengths
  • High PWM rate allows for filming these pixels with cameras up to 67fps
  • Redundant data line reduces chance of entire strip failure


  • 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

PixLite Support

Are you looking for WS2813 pixel drivers that work with Art-Net or sACN?

All PixLite Mk2 and Mk3 products support WS2813 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.

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