8 LED Breakout Board "Pi 8 LED "

February 24th 2016

An 8 LED breakout board for your Raspberry Pi (models B and B+) . A version made especially for the B+ (with larger LEDs) is available here.
Give your Pi the power of light! This board contains 8x 3mm LEDs that are driven by a single shift register. Controlling them is easy with the source code, available below.
8 LEDs, but only 3 of your Raspberry Pis precious GPIO pins are used.
Usage Suggestions
The example Python source code contains programs for using the Pi8 board as a CPU usage monitor, CPU temperature monitor, free memory usage monitor, or just make pretty animations!
Makes a great status display for when you're monitor is turned off.
Latest build instructions here (PDF).


  • 8 LEDs on a small breakout board
  • Useful for testing and debugging, use it as CPU/Mem usage bar graph!

Kit Contents

  • High quality printed circuit board, 23.8mm x 23.4mm (PCB)
  • 8x 3mm LEDs (many colour options)
  • 8x 100 ohm resistors
  • 1x 74HC595 shift register
  • 1x 16 pin DIL socket
  • 1x 0.1uF capacitor
  • 1x 26 pin header





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