Basic 16x2 Character LCD - Black on Green 5V

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This is a basic 16 character by 2 line display. Black text on Green background. Utilizes the extremely common HD44780 parallel interface chipset (datasheet). Interface code is freely available. You will need ~11 general I/O pins to interface to this LCD screen. Includes LED backlight.

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  • Dimensions: 3.15" x 1.425"


Works on either 4 bit or 8 bit mode. For Arduino LCD library, Please refer to

Connections to Arduino

The circuit:

  • LCD RS pin to digital pin 12

  • LCD Enable pin to digital pin 11

  • LCD D4 pin to digital pin 5

  • LCD D5 pin to digital pin 4

  • LCD D6 pin to digital pin 3

  • LCD D7 pin to digital pin 2

Parallel LCDs run off of +5V so you can just solder the Vcc (pin 2 in LCD)wire to 5V and the ground (pin 1 in LCD) wire to GND.

  • 10K resistor:
  • ends to +5V and ground
  • wiper to LCD VO pin (pin 3)

How to run Arduino examples



How to buy

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