author
2CommentsJoined February 14th, 2009

Tell us about yourself!

Complete Your Profile
  • chalackd commented on happydupa's instructable Inexpensive Garage Lights From LED Strips4 months ago
    Inexpensive Garage Lights From LED Strips

    I've had poor luck trying this in the past. With the 5050 type LED strips running at their rated 12v there was far too much heat being generated in any long term use, leading to severe yellowing (browning eventually) and loss of brightness. Running single strips in aluminum housings improved their lifespan slightly, but with still disappointing results.I double, and triple checked my power supplies, which were indeed running cleanly and accurately within a couple points of 12v. I suspect that some of these cheap LED strips are simply being over driven at their 'rated' voltage, in order to maximize their brightness.Meanwhile, I have many meters of RGB 5050 LED strips which sometimes run for long periods at full white/full brightness, and I have never had the issue of them running hot....

    see more »

    I've had poor luck trying this in the past. With the 5050 type LED strips running at their rated 12v there was far too much heat being generated in any long term use, leading to severe yellowing (browning eventually) and loss of brightness. Running single strips in aluminum housings improved their lifespan slightly, but with still disappointing results.I double, and triple checked my power supplies, which were indeed running cleanly and accurately within a couple points of 12v. I suspect that some of these cheap LED strips are simply being over driven at their 'rated' voltage, in order to maximize their brightness.Meanwhile, I have many meters of RGB 5050 LED strips which sometimes run for long periods at full white/full brightness, and I have never had the issue of them running hot. Perhaps due to the additional controller between the strips and supply...

    View Instructable »