LED strips are amazing when it comes to adding substantial, controllable light to any situation. Applications increase two-fold when a silicone "waterproofing" is added, allowing these little strips to withstand abrasion, splashes, and handing that would otherwise damage the copper and kapton-based strip.

The one downfall to this wonderful coating becomes apparent when high power LED strips are used for extended periods of time. Under heat, this silicone yellows and hardens until the once bright and white strips are yellow and brittle. LEDs soon die under the heat trapped in this crusty coating.

So what to do when this coating is no longer needed? Remove it!

*Warning: Do not perform this method in an oven you plan to make food with. Do not leave the LED strips in the oven unattended.

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Step 2: Coil it!

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Coil the led strip until it fits into your toaster oven or other heating device and place on a small tray.

Step 4: Let it bake!

Let the oven (and the strip) heat up for 3 or 4 minutes depending on the power of the oven. If your oven actually reaches above 180F, you have already waited too long and should take the strip out.
selp1 year ago
Why removing waterproofing ?

Why removing waterproofing when there's non-waterproof ledstrips ??
brainiac27 (author)  selp1 year ago
Because I had already spent $20 on waterproof strips not realizing they self-destruct over time. Not having 4 weeks to kill waiting for shipping, this was the easiest answer.
ringai1 year ago