I have been trying to get my LEDs setup with a WLED and a D1 mini. My lights power on but they don’t respond to the controller. I have tried different boards and different lights but no luck. Is this some setting I have wrong? The lights light up with a yellow blue white and red random rainbow pattern. I tried to adjust the gpio pin but nothing. Any ideas?
It looks like you’re trying to power your entire strip via a USB connection.
That’s not going to work, USB won’t be able to supply enough power for more than 30 LEDs (at best).
Try using a separate dedicated 5V supply for the LEDs.
Can’t see the top side of your ESP32 to know for sure, but I’d guess you don’t have a levelshifter on board so you may need one.
Additionally make sure you’re feeding your data to the Data In side of the strip, there is a direction for data flow.
If you powered 5v LEDs from a 12v power supply you likely killed 1, some, or all of the strip. More likely you just killed the first LED. I would cut that one off and try from the 2nd one. Or if you don’t want to cut it off try just scraping the coating off the Data solder pad that is before the 2nd LED and pressing your data lead to it to see if you get anything to happen.
Doesn’t bode well, a brief (less than 5 seconds) connection to 12V for a 5 strip will definitely kill some of the first LEDs, longer will kill more or all of the strip. You’ll probably have to cut the strip in 1/2’s or more to test. My experience has been (when I’ve made that power supply mistake myself) that some of the damaged LEDs will jam up the input of the following (hopefully) good LED so you can’t tell without disconnecting the previous output.
Sad to say you’ll likely have to write off that strip to experience.
“Experience is the thing you get just after you need it…”