Where to buy LED strip lighting and transformers?

I need some like this: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QQ1YOM/ref=s9_simh_gw_p60_t3 to make 6ft strips of ultra bright white lights. And I need some transformers to power the lights.  What is the best and cheapest? Thanks!

Posted by superjames 8 years ago


I Need Some Lighting Help

I've hit a little speed bump. I need a bright, preferably diffused, soft white light for high speed videography. It cannot be florescent or a CFL (see why below). I can't seem to find any lights that fit these standards that aren't florescent, but I know they exist. Can you help me find a suitable light?

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 9 years ago


emergency lighting system

We're planning to do an emergency lighting system and we want to add some twist on it. What do you think should we add? (it's like making it also charger or such) Plsss, help us. :)

Posted by imatrianidar 3 years ago


Motion sensitive, people tracking light

So I stumbled across a really neat lighting project on yanko design and I'd love to make one so I'm trying a two pronged approach: I'm emailing it's developers to ask nicely what they've done to do it, and conferring on this idea with the community here as I'd love to work on it to make more effective/ directive lighting. No need to light my whole reading room if I can make it smart. Here's a link to the project to see what I'm yammering on about: http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/05/30/cup%E2%80%99o-lights/

Posted by incase 7 years ago


portable fish house led lighting

Hello, I am looking for help on how to figure out what I need to construct a couple of led strip lights for a portable fish house. I what to make them out of 4ft tubes and connect them to a 12volt, 9 amp deep cycle battery. How do I go about figuring what to use to get as much light with least amount of draw on battery. 

Posted by 58fern 3 years ago


Sequential Lighting

I am looking to create a string of LED's that can be programed to turn on and off sequentially over 100 meters that can show the speed of a runner over that distance. ex: 100 meters in 9 seconds. any ideas, also re-program the same to different times.

Posted by ScottR148 2 years ago


LED Light box help

I am wanting to build a LED light box. This requires a LED filled pannel. The pannel consists of  15 rows of 20 LEDs each. This is a total of 300 LEDs to be in a pannel 24 in by 12 in. My concern is how to make this compatible with a normal 110 outlet and what kind of transformer I may need.  I have considered using a shop flourescent lighting transformer but I think that may be more than I will need based on voltage usage.  Thus I thought i would ask someone here if they know of a better way to create such a pannel.  The Pannel will have Red, White and Blue LED lights on it. So its necessary for the full effect of the 300 individual lights.  Just want to make sure I do not over kill but also not make a fire hazard by under designing as well.

Posted by pablom 9 years ago


Modular Lighting - help please!

Hullo! For my school project, I am manufacturing a modular lighting unit but I'm a bit lost on the whole electronic side of it. Basically, I can make anything as long as it's vaguely connected to the theme "modular lighting". At the mo, the idea I'm continuing with is flowers in a vase - the flowers are the light source and when it is stuck into the vase, it recharges. I've never done anything remotely related to electronics before so any help as to how I would make this is welcome! :) [or any new ideas] I would just buy a charger to make it easier for me, but I don't know whether I can buy one where, instead of inserting the batteries in, there's wires coming out? Almost like a phone charger or something, so I can connect it to the vase somehow. Thanks!

Posted by jemily 10 years ago


Lighting powered by an AC to 12V DC 4pin Molex adapter?

Hello  I'm making a gift out of a traffic light that I'm going to snazz up (paint red, replace lenses with stained glass, new lighting) And I'm going to use computer case lighting as I am familiar with it. As I don't want to use a psu just to power molex connectors I'm going to use this www.crazypc.com/products/7410.html AC to 12V DC 4pin Molex adapter I'm going to have a set up something like this; adapater-www.pctoys.com/840556088547.html molex on/off switch-www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx molex splitter-www.crazypc.com/products/neon_wire_red-8430R.html Red EL Neon Wire-www.crazypc.com/products/82520U.html LED Meteor UV lights-and another light of some kind maybe a liquid cold cathode www.crazypc.com/products/8230B.html I believe the adapter will be able to power this, however I'm not sure as I've never used one before so any input is greatly appreciated. I also need to know whether the on/off switch will be able to control the whole string? Thank you

Posted by suitaroh 8 years ago


LED lighting help?!

I am in the process of building a jewelry armoire / box / chest (whatever you wish to call it) and I am wanting to add just two LED's that will come on when the door is opened on the jewelry box and they will go off when the door is closed. Having novice skills in electronics and handyman skills in woodworking I was wondering what I would need to accomplish this and if it could be battery powered...

Posted by bigbadjohn81 10 years ago


Computer Controled Lighting

Ok.. I am going to apologize now to everyone if this is a repost of someone else's question.. but for the life of me I cant find what I am looking for... I am considering doing a project that will allow me to voice command a HTPC for other things then the normal HTPC stuff... for instance.. and yes i kow this is kinda out their on the geeky side.. but my brothers and sisters here would approve... I want to be able to walk into a room and tell the "ships computer to go to Red Alert" and have a red LED rope light hidden behind a false crown molding start to turn on and off.. and also play the infamous star trek red alert sounder..... This would be only one of many things i want to do with it.. but the only example i could come up with at the moment... If you can point me in the right direction for the lighting control done on the cheap that would except commands from lets say a batch file or what ever.... Charles

Posted by lifelineafety 7 years ago


Overhead Projector

I have 2 overhead projectors that blow their bulbs. At $18-20 apiece I don't have the money to experiment with them anymore to figure out why. Has anyone got an idea how to convert one to use something like a standard Halogen or Xenon light? I would also need to keep the fan functional as well since any strong light is going to get very hot. I use them in my fiber art studio to project ideas onto paper for patterns.

Posted by CrystalDyes 10 years ago


I'd like to challenge everyone here that makes useful things.

I'd like to challenge everyone here that makes useful things.  I'm rebuilding an old light fixture and I'm focusing on efficiency.   My challenge is to get the highest amount of lumens with the lowest number of watts.  I'm stuck and I'd be willing to put a cash prize on this. I'd like for everyone that gives this a try to stick to DC voltage.

Posted by 00MrNotWrong00 8 years ago


Using Edge-lit LCD's LED array

Hi everyone! Recently, a friend of mine managed to crack the LCD of his laptop. While he got a replacement, I took his old LCD screen apart and salvaged the LED array which edge-lit the screen. Now my question is, is there a way I can power this on? There's no information printed on the LED array about its power requirements and I'm looking for any hints / clues I can get. I've attached a few closeups of the LED array, hope to get a lead on this. Thanks in advance!

Posted by jagtesh 8 years ago


Battery powered 120V light bulb

I'm trying to build a steam-punk costume and wanted to use a motorcycle battery to power several edison squirrel cage style bulbs. Fortunately these blubs look better if they are dimmed, but what I'm having a problem with is a schematic and what type of transformer to use.

Posted by Deepeyes 7 years ago


EcoDimmer: New hardwired/DC LED lighting for DIYs

Hello everyone,My name is Mark Gilmore, and I am the owner/president of Omnipotence Software.We have been developing automation software since 1990, our primary product being "ECS"(http://OmnipotenceSoftware.com/wpr.htm).We have been closely following the trend towards LED lighting for a few years now.But when we looked for systems that could be automated, we found a void in the market.So we decided to make our own:Our "EcoDimmer" controls up to 16 low-wattage (DC) lights or appliances with push-buttons,keypads, and/or automation software (like ECS).To our knowledge, this is the only direct-wired/DC lighting system that can be automated.The EcoDimmer is intended for installers and DIYs.It does not include buttons, lighting, or the dimmer's power supply, as these will varygreatly for different applications. So with the exception of the optional/pre-installed keypad,these must be purchased separately and wired to the unit. But as only 2 connections are required for each, anyone can perform this task with a screwdriver and a knife. For further details, please see http://OmnipotenceSoftware.com/wpe.htm.We welcome any feedback (esp as this is a new product) !Regards,Mark Gilmoresupport@OmnipotenceSoftware.com

Posted by MarkGilmore 10 years ago


Laminar Flow

Thanks for all the help with making my laminar flow, I am nearly there but would really like to add a light so it can be seen at night. Is there a simple way of doing this. I cannot quite understand a couple of sites I have seen. This is such an exciting project I never believed it would be possible after seeing it at Bellagio but being able to interrupt the flow and also light it - simply- would be great.

Posted by Kiwi girl 5 years ago


Lightning lighting

OK I got one for you all! What I would like to achieve is a realistic lightning effect for Halloween displays. I've tried some different ideas, but none can give me a realistic effect. Most produce a timed effect (2 sec on, 2 secs off, 2 on, 2 off etc...) What I think I would need would be a circuit board or something like that, that would produce a random current to a strobe light source (ie. 1 sec on, 3 secs off, 2 on, 6 off, 1 on 5 off etc...) Could this be done? I've searched all over the internet and haven't been able to come up with anything. Thanks! Wes

Posted by tat2dwes 10 years ago


Powering LEDS with mains power.

What if you made a voltage divider with high-value  resistors, and then rectify the signal?  Is that dangerous?

Posted by flagrantfouler 8 years ago


Powering LEDS with mains power.

The idea is to use a voltage divider with high value resistors and then rectify the signal.  Is this dangerous?

Posted by flagrantfouler 8 years ago


Wiring a 3 bulb lamp

I know this is basic, but I'm not familiar with wiring anything that could potentially burn the house down so I feel its better to ask. I'm wanting to wire up three lights to go over my basement workbench to all work on the same switch. The image shows what I planned to do, was just wondering if there an expert out there who could tell me if this is going to be safe? Would 60 watt bulbs ok?

Posted by REDnumber5 8 years ago


[REQ] A physical switch for a remote LED bulb with removable parts to break the circuit

I realise that this might seem like it doesn't have a lot of practical applications but I am trying to replicate a typical puzzle from video games, the 'Fuse Box Puzzle' whereby the lights are off and the hero must solve a puzzle replacing the fuses to illuminate the room. I have an LE A60 B22 LED bulb which is controlled by a remote control and I would like to create something similar to the attached image whereby the three fuses must be inserted and the switch thrown to light the room. I would rather not install an actual fuse box for this however and would like this to control only the LED bulb. Does anyone have any idea where I should start with this?

Posted by GazzHayes 2 years ago


converting lighting fixture to portable battery operated

Ok I've done many searches but do to this being a bit unique I haven't found a solution thats spot on. So here's the story!  I found this cool bathroom, above the sink, multi bulb lighting fixture by the trash. (Oh like you don't shop the same places? He he) I really want steampunk looking lighting for a convention booth I am setting up in march. Tricky part is no power. So, I grabbed the fixture, blasted with a base coat of paint and am posting here for guidance on making this battery operated. Anything is possible I know but in this case I would like a few requirements to be met 1. I'm a maker, and a broke one at that, I don't want to spend $250 on a battery go anywhere plug in device ...its expensive plus if I can make my own I'm happier, mmo cheaper I'm even more happy, mmo with more "found" parts I'm even more happiest! ;-p  2. I'm a lil thing, 90lb soaking wet... I had to hump 120 pound packs w heavy radios back in my USMC days, however I'm not in the corps so I don't want to pack a 120 pound battery thru a convention center for my Lil display. Light as possible battery solution for my light please!;-p 3. I can't use solar at this location, I do have limited space and finally 4. If possible I'm trying to keep this looking nice. This is for my display table. The broke part...I need to make money and that means slick looking booth that people will be drawn towards, handing over their hard earned money for amazing well lit steampunk treasure. I love duct tape, even mentioned it on my dating profile...but it doesn't scream style. Just saying ;-p I'm not surrounded by fellow makers or tools so me chatting ideas out with friends and fine tools isn't happening...so I'm here i n hopes my fellow interweb maker family can help me out here. I have basic electrical knowledge, basic tools, color blind but I think were OK with these few colors here. I took photos to assist the visual and stir creative juices.  Mahalo for taking time to read and inspire! 

Posted by feeorin 3 years ago


Need help with shadows

I've been working on a few black and white pieces, and I seem to be having issues with shadows and illuminations. The ones I already have in place make the image distorted and even more eerie than their supposed to be. I know that I do use grey in the pieces, but I want shadows to be a pure black and lighting to be a pure white. Can anyone give me some advice on how to fix this issue? The man with the umbrella is the most troublesome. I cant quite figure out how to illuminate the umbrella, and the shadow he makes is first off, the incorrect shape, but secondly, in grey. I did that to try and distinguish the difference between his feet and his shadow, but I would still like an actual black shadow in the finished product. (help!) The children have a really creepy feeling to them. I want to lighten up the whole mood of the piece by just a notch, and I think the way of doing that would be to add more light to the shadows on their clothing. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

Posted by rowdyrosiepiper 7 years ago


Mushroom Lamps!

Fungi are kind of fascinating in general and everyone should be able to appreciate a good lamp. This combination offers both in one awesome place! The home site for the artist is in Japanese but we found it via a blog post on Tokyobling's Blog.  "Someone" should do an Instructable! 

Posted by Culturespy 8 years ago


DIY LED Growlights from LED Xmas bulb strings

I just got an Aerogarden for Xmas and it is a pretty neat little unit, but it has some annoying and expensive problems. The biggest one is that it uses CF bulbs that are on 16 hours a day, and they say that you need to replace the bulbs every 6 months, because the spectrum of the bulbs change as they age, making the plants grow less well. I did some research and found that the Weed industry has created a solution: LED arrays with a combination of red and blue LEDs (the color frequencies plants thrive on). These arrays are very long lived and use less than 1/2 the power of the CF bulbs in the Aerogarden. The problem is that even the cheap ones (200 LEDs) are $50, and you would need 2 for complete coverage in the Aerogarden. Then I had a brainstorm! LED Xmas Lights. They are already wired, ready to mount on a panel, and you can get Red and Blue strings of 100 on ebay for about $10 incl shipping. I don't know if they are the right Red and Blue, but it is an interesting experiment. Even if it does not work, you are set for Xmas lights for next year.

Posted by macrumpton 10 years ago


lights, blue lighting? help?

Hey, i need help with lighting for a shed, but its a place to hang out so not just regular lighting, like some blue lights or something, no usb or anything around, so should i use a computer power supply? i want LED's or something similar

Posted by Yerboogieman 10 years ago


Automated Lighting?

Hi there, I am renting a place for my new office for 3D animation and I wanted to make an automatic lighting system to turn on lights when I'm in a room and off when I move to another room. How easy/hard is it to do that? And what do I need to make my light switch on and off slowly? Cheers, Shawin.

Posted by beatoven 11 years ago


Home made strobe light

I've made a couple led strobe lights, well put assembled from kits really, and I was wondering if anyone has any suggests for sites etc. that might help me design a more customizable strobe light. It's really for costumes and the like.

Posted by Bearch 8 years ago


Reactive Lighting

Has anyone seen the LED lighting in some grocery store freezers that comes on only when you stand near it? I'm wondering if anyone knows of a circuit I could build that i could line my hallways with LEDs and have them come on as I walk down the hall?

Posted by tfrost1980 7 years ago


Lighting to USB pinout

Hello forums! I am having an issue and I desperately need help. It's easy enough to find a USB to lighting connector with the breakout already done for you on the PCB, but I can't for the life of me find the actually 9 to 4 pin diagram for conversion. Can any help me????

Posted by jfrost11 2 years ago


LED Question

I am putting a wire under my porch with LED's placed periodically along the length of it. It will light up a small garden just below/behind the porch, about 2 feet below the bottom of the porch. I am going for the effect seen in the attached picture. I have been looking online (esp DigiKey) for LED's and they give brightness ratings in millicandela, but I cannot for the life of me find a reference as to how bright 1mcd is vs 1000mcd (1 candela). I am looking for something that will give a mild, path-lighting like effect, but won't be so dim that it can only be seen when all other lights (i.e. the light above the porch) are off. These will only be on at night, and will most likely be a warm-white color. I will most likely rough-up the surface of the lights to make the beam more diffuse. Thank You!

Posted by wond3rbread1991 7 years ago


Help with LED's

I would like to set up some ambient lighting with about 60 white LED's. What would be the best power supply? Parallel or series circuit? Resistors?

Posted by pmac93 10 years ago


Got a LED light bar, what to do...?

Http://www.ccs-grp.com/s2_ps/src/pro_item/1/1/3/114/1053/e.html So I got a a couple of these that I found at work...  Planning to use them for my fish tank.  Kinda worried that they will be TOO bright. Can I buy a dimmer to wire them up to?  I know very little about all this, I have a coworker that knows far more. But I was hoping to pick your BRa--IIA-NS!!!

Posted by benjaminleebates 4 years ago


Floor lamp(s) that can be controlled from a remote control

I live in an old historic apartment building that only has over-head lights in the kitchen and bathroom. My living room, and both bedrooms have just floor lamps and bedside lamps. The problem is, if you come home when it's dark, you have to fumble through int eh dark to get to the floor lamp. I would like to have a remote control that I can fix to the wall just inside the door, so I can walk in, and basically switch on my lights, without having to grope for them in the dark.   There may already be a product on the market like this, but I cannot find one. So, I'm willing and excited about making one. Anyone got any ideas?

Posted by Dolmetscher007 3 years ago


LED powered party

So me and some friends a month ago got together and threw a party together last minute. Well it was more then just a hit, people turned around and begged us for more. So now that we have cred for this "epic" party which really was just random shit tossed together in a house in an hours time. So this time around we are going to go all out and spend our budget fully. But my job is to do his house like my room: I only have LEDs for lights. But the LEDs I used for my room I bought at radio shack and thus paid top dollar for them. Which was fine, for my room, but a house? I need bulk. Bulk LEDs, bulk resistors, bulk wire. But that's only half the problem, I was told my deadline was the 23rd. Well even with this short time frame I still need some good bulk dealers. Does anyone have any good links to places that sell LEDs in bulk? I'm looking to spend around 50 bucks or so on the lights. As I do this project though I will either make an inscrutable out of it or the very least a slide show!*

Posted by Vicious 10 years ago


water-based kinetic LED lamp

I want to mak a kinetic light using high-powered LEDs to produce glitter line through a thin layer of agitated turbulent water in a wall mounted shelf. So, this gives me a few questions, but let me start with the idea I've got. I want to seperate a shelving unit (preferably solid wood not particleboard with some decent HxDxW) into two compartments. A glass sheet would be slid into grooves onto the side supports. The upper portion of the shelving unit would then be wood, waterproofed with some thin styrene plastic sheets. The bottom would then be composed of a large aluminum sheet (recessed slightly upwards for astheatics) which would house several LEDs in addition to the power adapter and voltage regulator. This would likely follow the "powering high powered LED" tutorial's alternate power source to the pucks. At this point a small pump would be placed into the upper compartment along with just enough water to submerge the pump to a safe level. Perhaps a small recess would be included in the top to allow instant colour shifts by using stained clear plastic sheets (this would reduce total illumination, but these are to be mood/ambient accents not primary lighting source) to avoid any of the more expensive/complex colour shifting lamps. The big question I have at this point is how thermally safe this would be, and how much LED I would actually need to achieve decent brightness. Also, I would prefer if the bottom was modular enough I could remove and work on it without dissasembling the entire assembly, but this may not be possible. Finally, I was wondering if I could run the heatsink material up the ront of the shelf, past the glass, and into the water (this should give great heat dissipation) and have a SAFE and STABLE waterproof join between a flush glass-metal joint with possible use of epoxy and/or silicone caulking. Anything not specified in here I'm uncertain of how to do exactly. So! If anyone has any ideas, suggestions, or awareness that this is pure madness (or has a better way t oget those glitter lines i lust for) please let me know.

Posted by JRGumby 11 years ago


Chemistry set DIY gas mantle?

I'm looking for some help tracking down a chemistry experiment I tried as a child and would like to replicate.  As I recall it involved dissolving a solid (perhaps limestone) in a liquid (possibly vinegar), soaking some cloth in the resulting solution and burning it over a flame when it dried.  The idea was that the cloth would burn away and leave a mesh of whatever it was, probably lime, that acted as a mantle.  I tried it as a child and had limited success (I was too impatient to get some appropriate cloth or wait for it to dry properly) and would like to try it now that I'm older and wiser older. If it does have to be limestone, any ideas how I can hold of small quantities without having to go to the local chalk quarry?

Posted by PKM 7 years ago


Indoor Plant Lighting Solution Needed

I'm planning on making a Instructable for the Indoor Gardening Contest, I was wondering whether normal LED lights will serve the purpose of mimicking sunlight OR power optimal/decent photosynthesis. I have normal white & blue led lights. Will they do?| If normal LED's won't work? Which lights should I use?

Posted by Jonathanrjpereira 2 years ago


Help! My low voltage, outdoor lighting wont light up - transformer error codes?

I bought a Portfolio 300watt transformer for low voltage outdoor lighting and hooked up a 100' 12 gauge cable (outdoor rated lighting cable) to it. Then I hooked up 4 low voltage lights (12volt 20 watts each). I plugged the transformer in to a gfi outlet that I ran out from the house. And turned it on. The little display flashes "E" and then "1" . The instructions say that the E means that there is a fire hazard so check the circut. So I unhooked every light except one. Same error. I hooked on a different light and unhooked the first one. Same error. Instructions say the cable needs to be under 250'. And the load less than 300w. I am there, except it won't run. Do I have a bad transformer or is there something that I am missing? Oh, and this is to light my haunt in my front yard, so I am running out of time! Thanks for any advice! Matt

Posted by mckeephoto 9 years ago


Arduino or Raspberry Pi Controlled Lighting scemes for Lightstrips

Hello I'm trying to make a lighting setup like Star Trek Voyager, With custom lighting scemes for allert modes etc I will have to control 8 induvidual lightstrips with an arduino or raspberry Pi. And have some sort of control mechanisme to set the individual modes. I seen some examples online but they all used wifi connections, And I like a different option. Any help would be very appriciated. Regards, Ronald van Erp

Posted by Ronaldv37 1 year ago


Lighting with RGB LEDs

Hi all. I am wanting to get into using led lighting for long exposure photos (for the purpose of thermal imaging) and I am looking at RGB LEDs for providing the colour. My question being, should I try finding LEDs that have similar light output in mcd or stick with RGB LEDs? The reason I am asking is when I am looking at specs, the green seems to be 2 to 4 times as bright. Is this an issue?  Also, the RGB LEDs seem to have a much wider viewing/ lighting angle.  I am not sure where to go from here. Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you all very much for the time.  Professorred

Posted by professorred 5 years ago


120V LED Under Cabinet Lighting

Hello everyone. I recently purchased a new home, of which has some nice Under cabinet lighting. But they are extremely hot when I use them. Heat = wasted energy right? I want to be as Green as possible in my new home. The problem is, the Bulbs are these weird straight 120V Bulbs from Westek.http://www.servicelighting.com/Westek-00862-LB25B-25W-120V-HALOGEN-Double-Ended-Halogen-Incandescent-Light-BulbSo, the question is, Can I some how make an LED replacement Bulb? Each housing has 2 of these bulbs, and I have 4 of the housings. I can't read schematics, but any info would rock. Thanks everyone.

Posted by Leejin 9 years ago


Color changing stage lights?

I'd like to make a light that will accommodate 2 or three light bulbs/spotlights/floodlights so that one comes on, and ideally fades into the other. It would be used in haunted houses. I am pretty sure this is a simple build, but I'd appreciate direction or advice.  Or a full on Instructable. A simple setup with a switch (foot pedal?) that simply shuts off one color and turns on another would do.  A button that begins to fade one color out and another in would be better.  One that can be set to fade from one to another automatically at a predetermined interval would be awesome. Such a setup can be used to create a transformation effect as simple as Jekyll into Hyde or as elaborate as girl into gorilla. The reason I would prefer it to be automatic is so it can be "plug and play" with only one actor, and work even if it's a different actor each night. Probably something like this exists commercially, and A), I don't know what it is called B) I'm doing it for the Boy's and Girl's club, which has no budget, which means I'm paying for it, which means it needs to be as low cost as possible. C) If I can build it well and inexpensively, I'd like to play with variations on the theme.

Posted by justjimAZ 6 years ago


LED strip light wire issue

Hello everyone. Sorry for no diagram, but all multi color led strips are all pretty similar, 4 contact points at each cut point. A year ago I bought a 5 meter roll of LED lights. The RGB ones with a 14 button remote, 3m backing, and covered by a jell. Yesterday I bought another 5 meter roll to wire up with my old roll, as the controller (little white box that the 12V plugs into and has the IR reciever) came with leads to connect 2 strips. I plugged them in and they didn't work. So i got out my multi meter and tested my old controller and the new one. and the results came back opposite. One controller, I needed the red pin from the multi meter on the +12V line and the black to go on each color to show 12V. The second, I needed the black pin on the +12V line and the red on the colors to show 12V. So to me it looks like one sends the 12V up the +12V rail and back down the the RGB. While the other is sending 12V up each of the RGB and back down the +12V rail. The led strips that belong to each controller are wired the same. so they don't plug and play. So my question is, Is there a way to get these LED strips to work with one another or will they have to be run on 2 separate systems. Thanks in advance Ross

Posted by bo0mm 5 years ago


how to shoot in this style anyone?

Http://store.americanapparel.eu/x539.htmlhttp://store.americanapparel.eu/2445w.htmlwould anyone know how to replicate this style of photo at home without proffesional equipment? its just for fun, i have a digital canon ixus, photoshop and a white wall!

Posted by tastic82 10 years ago


LED Room Lighting with Ambient Music Change

Hi guys,  I have been reading through this site a lot and have wanted to get into a bit of electronics but I never really had a project that I wanted to start.  After months of deliberation I have decided on what I want to be my first project. The idea is to have light bars constructed with LEDs quite like the following Instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Light-Bar-Ambient-Lighting/?ALLSTEPS .  Where my project changes is I would like the lights to 'dance?' to the music.  Now my idea isn't dependant on music volume, for the LEDs to light up but colour change as well.  The only way I could describe it, is quite like the iTunes visualiser. Now both my electronic/programming skills are very basic.  The electronics bit is relatively simple it's more the latter part of the project.  If anyone could steer me in the right direction, it would greatly be appreciated.

Posted by onggie 8 years ago


Basic lighting set-up

I apologise in advance to all you keen photographers for my Absolute Novice status. I need to take photo's for my Instructables which are usually small-ish desk top items. Currently I am having problems with a dark (black paper) drawing in a glass frame, how do I get the details in the image without it bleaching out or flaring on the glass? I have a spacious work desk under a window, two cantilever lights, a centre room light, etc. I can only use whatever's available in my house because I never take pictures for any other reason. Any tips for a very grateful novice would be very welcome.( I'm a blank slate)

Posted by craftyv 7 years ago


I need help for my kids room

I am trying to figure this out and I am not very artistically inclined. I want to make an 8" globe look similar to the light bulb I have posted  a picture of. I am making a solar system that hangs from my sons bedroom because I am remodeling his room in a space theme. I will also be doing a fiber optic star ceiling above it, so it will have day/night modes if you will. I want the sun to be a hanging globe light that looks cool, and I remembered those spikey light bulbs they used to sell in the head shops when I was younger (much younger!). I have gathered that it is done with silicone, but I can't figure out the technique. And how do you get it colored? Any help would be appeciated and I would love to see if somebody could figure this out. Thanks!

Posted by silverfalcon81 7 years ago


Custom Fish tank stand

I am creating a custom fish tank stand from 2x4s and sheet wood. I plan to paint it black but I ran into 2 problems when I decided I didn't want the hood that came with the tank. 1) The lighting.     I have a pretty good history with LEDs so creating the lighting will not be too hard, only real issue I run into is sealing the lamp. I plan to use an acrylic sheet with holes drilled for the white and blue LEDs. White for day and a row of blue for moonlight on a 3 way rocker. I just dont want water to penetrate the holes from the ports for the light to damage the components. 2) The filter.    This is where I am at a loss. I plan on making something similar to this: http://tinyurl.com/fishtankdesign But I have no idea how to an external filter rather than one of the regular table top aquarium ones that would not look very pleasing on a nice stand. Any ideas questions comments or concerns please ask.

Posted by yours31f 6 years ago