RGB LED strip mood lighting

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  1. GAVLAD

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    Hi

    Has anyone ever fitted the LED strip mood lighting?
    I'm fancying the multi colour type which can be changed (think its RGB?) - may take us back to the disco years!
    Would look at fitting above the eye level cupboards to provide mood lighting onto the ceiling.
    My questions are;
    Appreciate that they come in strips which can be cut and a connector fitted to the end. Does it have to be a special connector with it being RGB/multi colour lights?
    Is there a limit to the length of connector wire from the end of the LED strip to the controller box?
    Does the controller box have to be in view for the remote to work?
    Anyone recommend any supplier?
    Thanks!
     
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    I can only answer one question
    My box is out of site and the remote works

    Mel
     
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    I found that it causes high pitched interference to the TV when dimmed? don't know if it's from the LED's or the dimmer function. ( just white lights though, no colours)
     
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    There are two main types, smd 5050 and the cheaper 3538; 5050 are 5mm x 5mm chips and each chip has 3 LEDs which can be used to create millions of different colours and are often brighter than the 3538 chips.

    The smaller 3538 chips contain one LED each and are better for single colour applications.

    I have both; the 3528 do not look as good when trying to create different colours.

    I have one set of LEDs to go under our awning and another set for inside the van. I have used the remains of a poorly constructed set to illuminate the door and mh entry area with red light to make it easier to get in and out without disturbing the boys in the bed above the door.

    I bought my sets from Amazon - they vary in quality with one set literally falling apart where two strips had been joined together. The remains can still be used but it was annoying to see how fragile they can be.

    I bought a few cheap controllers and remotes from Amazon and can hide the control boxes out of site with must the "eye" visible for the remote control.

    Strips normally come in 5m lengths and can be cut (following the instructions) and can be joined using straight or 90 degree joiners.

    Be aware that the 3M sticky backed mounting tape will not hold the LEDs in place and that the waterproof versions are supposedly denser than the non-waterproof options, although I haven't noticed much difference in weight.
     
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    Hi -i have the RGB LED strip mood lighting in my sundance lounge area-its very effective-. fitted it under the top lockers so we could also use it at night for reading etc and general illumination. Currently I have it wired to 2 x 6v alarm batteries that are recharged with a small solar panel . but i do need to wire it in to the main 12 v circuit

    The little box is out of sight in one of the lockers where the wire connections are and the sensor hangs down behind the locker so we can activate it with the remote. Mine came with all the bits -it was really cheap I used a full 5m length under the lockers and its stuck reasonably well to the underside behind a metal lower rail-out of sight unless you lay on the lounge seats and look up -but then it sill looks tidy-give it a try you cant lose at the prices of these kits . you can always fix it up temporary till you find the right location

    ps buy the waterproof ones
     
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    Come clean there are ulterior motives behind that set up :rofl::rofl:
     
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    Have you every tried to stump up the cash for a CC site? Having sold the kids for the first night, we were struggling to pay for the second ....
     
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    Well If you are not musical or can't get an interview as the monkey, I guess it is any port in a storm. Don't offer the services too cheaply as you will only encourage a poorer class of clientele. :whistle::whistle: You don't want a vets bill afterwards ;)
     
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    I would like a strip of white lighting in my seating area
    Questions
    Is it multi colours
    And if it is can you just choice what colour you want to light up eg Monday white, Tuesday blue etc
    Also where is the best place to buy and what would one need
    Sorry what would I need besides the lighting itself
    Oh and it can be cut to size am I right in my thinking
    Think them are my questions
    Thanks
     
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    I have a 1.0m long strip at the top of the cupboard it has a touch control with a wheel like an old iPod. It's a RF controller so doesn't need to be exposed - mine's at the back of a cupboard behind a wooden panel.

    Don't stress about the type of chip. RGB strips are only for decoration and I can't imagine anyone still produces strips or holds stock of anything that's rubbish.


    WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW...
    My company designs and supplies lighting. Colour changing lighting looks great in bars but everywhere else is a waste of time and money. Why? Because anyone who has ever insisted (against our advice) to use RGB LED strips will admit they NEVER use them.
    Worse still the white light given as a result of each chip emitting Red Green & Blue at full output is a dirty white with very poor colour rendering.

    So go for white LEDs. You really are not missing anything.

    I put mine in to see if I'd use it.

    I don't!!!
     
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    Nah, just keep drinking the wine.
     
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    Bloody hell, how high is your van ?
     
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    It's a minefield out there

    Colour,
    waterproof or not,
    Length
    Size,
    Voltage
    And the other bits you need
    :confused:(n)(n)
     
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    They sleep in the drop-down bed :)
     
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    We use ours as background lighting when watching TV or relaxing. Use different colours and intensity depending on mood, often green but rarely use white. Ours were cheap from Amazon.
     
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    Sadly, my first purchase of led strip lights was a disaster - the strip appeared to be made up of lots a number of short lengths and they fell apart.

    Our slightly more expensive lights are better (£30) and give good mood lighting in the van - it would be nice if they could be made even dimmer but generally they work well. However, the white is too white and the nearest to tungsten is too yellow so unless we are reading and using the warm led spot lights, wetend to use a light colour (yellow, green or pink) for general use and red for nighttime.
     
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    You can get 5mt with controllers from a few quid on Fleabay. Same package ect from shows which is a lot more expensive.

    Have a look at Horse Race led strip multi function and more colour variations from static to chaser lights.
     
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    I would suggest not getting this type - the LEDs are in separate sections so when the light changes colour, you still see more of them composite colours. I would suggest getting 5050 led strips / 5m rolls - each section is made up of three colours but as they are smaller, the colour given out is more even and there are many more colour options to choose from, using the remote control.
     
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