I just bought this led light strip and i already have an arduino uno, a 5v power supply, and the female power supply adapter. I need to know how to connect the lights to the arduino, and also would like code for a few simple programs. Ive gotten this far but im not sure what to do next
The information on manufacturer or link to supplier of the strip may help.
It may draw too much current to be driven directly from the Arduino so you may need to use transistors or logic level MOSFETs to drive it. This depends on the way it is controlled. If the 3 remaining wires are control only, it can be driven directly.
What do you want it to do?
The description for the strip says:WS2811 WS2812 5050 RGB led strip Light Waterproof Individually Addressable 5V. all i would like to do for now is make a certain led on the strip turn on, wait a few seconds, then turn off.
Identify your strip. http://www.tweaking4all.com/hardware/arduino/arduino-ws2812-led/ Some strips can be controlled directly by the Arduino, others need additional parts. Post a picture of a section of the strip (3 LEDs) if you're not sure. Leo..