arduino RGB led strip connection

hi,

i want to connect RGB led strip to arduino to control it. The strip contains 5 or 10 wires. How can i connect it to the board.

to controle the strip i need a program also, how can i start ?

thanks in adv....

Please don't cross-post.

Do you have a datasheet for the RGB strip ?

Usually they just have 4 wires, so "5 or 10 wires" sounds a bit strange.

yes it is having 4 wires only.

one way to do it is described on this page (scroll down a bit):

http://genericnerd.blogspot.com/search/label/LED

I have done it the same way and it works.

In stead of the ULN2003 IC you could use 3 transistors, but using the 2003 makes it easy to wire.

Edit:

You dont need the resistors and the stuff at the bottom of the diagram, but you must connect Arduinos ground to pin 8 of the 2003 IC