How to connect LED Strip

​Dear sir, i have purchased a 5 Meter LED strip with adaptor today in online. can u just instruct me how to connect the strip? the 12V adaptor will work for 5 Meter strip or can i use it the strip by cut in to pieces? kindly help me in this regard.

Posted by shiva_nalla 4 years ago


how to stripplarge copper wire effortlessly

I have about 100 pounds of electrical copper wire, and I need to strip it for scrap I was wondering if anyone out there has a quick easy way to strip the wire with a power tool? would a dremel with a cutter do the work.

Posted by renaye 10 years ago


led strip needing help :D

Ok so I saw some of those led tube sorta deals that are in a plastic tube. i figured that i could make some for cheaper and better i have soldered before and have some knowledge of electrical circuts but have never made anyhing that plugs into a wall ive made it all either for a computer or battery powered. i was wondering weathere i would need anything special to connect it to a wall

Posted by prailone 9 years ago


Walking/Marquee effect for LED Strip

I'm trying to achieve a "walking-type" effect also called marquee-effect using individually wired LEDs, so that it seems the lights are moving from one end to the other. Here's a video for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4g2NFQps1g It is easy enough if we have repetition every 3 LEDs. But my restriction is that I have repetition every 2 LEDs. The circuit is something like the one in the diagram(pardon my MS Paint skills): Every other RGB LED is connected together.  One simple way to provide the effect is to show color1 in LEDs at odd position and color2 in LEDs at even positions and then switch them. This is different from a similar effect in cheap fairy lights as I can set the color and intensity of the LEDs besides just on/off... Here is a GIF of my attempt of simple color switching with an addressable LED strip for now: In this, I cannot set any direction of travel and the effect depends on using a bit of imagination... Although it might seem difficult to provide a good effect with just 2 color channels, I want an opinion if it is possible or not?

Posted by Antzy Carmasaic 3 years ago


Remove insulation from wires

Hey folks, need some ideas to build a simple wire insulation removal system. Has to be so I can peel the inulation off wire from 10 gauge to the ribbon wire in computers as the only way to do it now is burn at that is not a good idea.

Posted by wisconsinjimmy 7 years ago


connecting a breakout board to a strip board

Hi.  A basic question; I need to connect a breakout board to a strip board. What is the best method?  PCB Latch plug header? I have tried putting a wire through the strip board, through the breakout board and then soldering into place, but I do not get good connectivity.  Any help is much appreciated.

Posted by NathanDavey 4 years ago


Can these led strips be made to work off batteries?

These led light strips look awesome. My question is can these be made to work off a battery system that would be portable enough to carry while roller skating. Here is the site of the product http://www.oznium.com/thin-led-strip I did post this on the end of an old question but not exactly sure people would see it at the end. Thanks for any suggestions

Posted by rsfaze 11 years ago


LED Strip lighting.(current rating question)

Hi I want to install RGB LED Strip and a sound activated controller to make them flash with music in my room. i want to know that if LED Type (3528) 15m strip will run on the sound controller (link given below)? If yes then which power supply will i have to use to power them up?  As far as i know we hve to use 12v 6a power supply for 15m LED Strip. and this sound controller need only 2a. will it burn the controller if we put 6a or 12v 2a will b fine? LED Strip:  http://www.aliexpress.com/item/5m-300-LED-3528-SMD-12V-flexible-light-60-led-m-LED-Strip-Light-white-warm/1944353158.html?spm=2114.30010308.3.1.n2vARj&ws;_ab_test=searchweb201556_6,searchweb201602_3_10036_10035_301_10034_10033_507_10032_10020_9912_10017_10005_10006_10021_10022_401_10018_10019_2020014,searchweb201603_9&btsid;=d80d8c75-095f-4af1-a5dd-64091b8c69a5 Sound Controller: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-20-Key-Music-IR-Controller-Black-Sound-Sensor-Remote-For-RGB-LED-Strip-High-Quality/32641647397.html?spm=2114.13010208.99999999.279.eIlE8o

Posted by FaisalZ1 2 years ago


Arduino Controlled LED "Aircraft Runway" lights?

Excuse me Please: I have a project with a specific need, which I "think" an Arduino and LED strips can meet. The effect I would like is to have the LEDs all dimly lit, and have a single/few run along the length of the strip with increased brightness and returning to the dim intensity once past. think: aircraft runway lights. also, which I think may overly complicate the project, I need like ten strips all running concurrently, each with singular/few brighter LEDs running the length and randomly repeating. does what I explain make sense?

Posted by Ceyarrecks 1 year ago


Outdoor RGB LED Strip Failure

Hi all,  I've had quite a modest installation of RGB LED tape (45 meters ish, split into more manageable circuits) around the perimeter of my decking. This uses the commonly available 5050 RGB LED Strip light, the type with the epoxy covering the tape and also an outer sheath to protect it from water ingress.  I had heat shrinked the ends and also applied multiple layers of liquid electrical tape where a connection to a 4-core cable was needed. This has held up well for some time.  After about 2 years, I noticed that some of my RGB LED tape runs were sort of 'corrupting' where a small amount of moisture had got in, and shorted the RGB channels so that no matter what I feed into the tape, it always output white (or some other combinations or colours). Still, I ignored this, as it didn;t bother me too much.  These ran back to a central controller, which did the DMX control and amplification of the 12v single.  Anyway, to cut a long story short: Yesterday I smelt smoke.  I was walking around the garden and I noticed that one of the strips had caught fire, at a single point in the middle, and was burning a hole through my decking!  Again, long story cut short, I put this fire out and looked closer. The strip was so badly burnt that I can't determine what went wrong here.  I'm thinking maybe a resistor burnt out and caught fire? The tape has been running 'on' for quite some time (weeks) so this is a possibility.  Another possibility is that there could have been a short between 12v and ground, which caused heat. Now, there aren't any fuses on the 12v rail (fuse and circuit breaker protecting the 240v side) but I wouldn't have thought that this would protect me from a fire anyway!  I'm interested whether anyone else has had a similar experience or has any suggestions as to why this has happened.  I love these RGB LED strips, use them a lot in my house, but after seeing this, I'm not a little more dubious to keep using them.  I'm an electrical engineer (in the making, at University) and this has stumped me!  Thanks Joe

Posted by joearkay 1 year ago


RGB LED strip help

Hi guys so i'm buying a 5050 rgb led strip and i'm connecting it to my arduino UNO so my question is can the arduino power 2 meters long led strip

Posted by OmarB8 2 years ago


linear strip photovoltaic panels

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find strip PV (photo voltaic) panels. I have small pv panels 3in by 3in but i am looking for longer strip pv panels maybe an inch long by however thanks Jon

Posted by gwydionn 7 years ago


Help with powering 5.5 feet of 12V 3528 LED strip

Hi! I need help with powering 5.5 feet (~1.67 meters) of 12V DC, 60 LED/meter, 4.8W/meter, 0.4A/meter LED strip. It also comes with a DC connector. Link to product: http://www.amazon.com/OPOWAY-Flexible-Strip-Light-Ribbon/dp/B007SE2MM0/ref=sr_1_103?ie=UTF8&qid;=1372054019&sr;=8-103&keywords;=led+strip+lighting+warm I would like to run the strip for at least 4 hours before replacing the batteries.   How can I power this? (preferably using battery packs with NiMH batteries or cheap lithium batteries) I'm also open to using my laptop battery for the day if it is a good alternative. 

Posted by squkyshoes 5 years ago


Power strip measures energy use, costs much more than separate power strip and monitor

Again, anyone want to collaborate to make our own? This thing Cut down on energy costs and reduce your electric bill. Simply plug the easy-to-use Power Cost Controller with surge protection into the wall and connect your electronics to the power strip to see how efficient it really is. Large LCD display will count consumption and cost by the kilowatt-hour, same as your local utility. Monitor your electric consumption by hour, day, week, month, even an entire year. Also check the quality of your power by monitoring voltage, line frequency, and power factor. Measures 8-1800W appliances. Now you'll know how much your computer network or home media center really costs! Replaceable 1.5V battery included.

Posted by laminterious 10 years ago


Multi- 9v or 12v outlet setup?

Does anyone know how to make or where to find a single wallwort (120v outlet) that has multiple 9v or 12 v out plugs? I've got alot of little electronics (mainly things that light up/ glow) and I hate all the blocks and power strips that I've got to use. (I'm in the US btw.) Thanks for any help! The Atomic Soul

Posted by TheAtomicSoul 10 years ago


Prawn or Shrimp made from string

Very recentley i saw a prawn or shrimp made from knotted rope in three colours with a keychain attached, been having a look round the net and cant find anything similar...does anyone here have a pattern or idea where i can get the instructions for it? i keep getting recipes!

Posted by tartanthing 8 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


Connect three LED strips to AC

I have 3 led strips using 3 AA batteries each. The easy way would be to use dummy batteries and three separate 4.5v adapters. The ideal would be to connect them all together somehow and use only 1 adapter, maybe a 13.5v? Am on the right track here?

Posted by dmalamatenios 4 years ago


Controlling LED Strips in Parallel

I'm working on a project with LED strips Namely, these ones using a LPD8806 PWM. I'm using these because I really want the ability to assign each light individually. I was hoping I could hook up an Arduino to do the controlling. My problem is that I need to cut the strip into smaller sections, and then use the sections in different places. I could conceivably wire each smaller section of the strip to the next in series, but it would be easier to just run separate sets of wires to each and have a parallel set up. I'm just concerned that if I do this, the Arduino may not be able to still control each light individually. Thanks for any help! I gotz ta have my color-changing LEDs!

Posted by SteamEngenius 6 years ago


Diffusing led strip

I'm making my girlfriend's Christmas present. and part of it is using amber led strips wrapped around an oval to cast light out behind the object. What would be the best way to diffuse the leds to make a nice even light. I was thinking about embedding them in a slight groove, and then covering them with silicone caulk. Would that block too much light? what else could i put on top to diffuse them?

Posted by frdmrckr 4 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


Power Strip USB Charger Combo

I'm currently building a bedside table, which will include a charging station for 2 laptops, 2 DS lites, 2 Iphones/pods, a palm phone, and rechargeable batteries. This means that there will be a need for at least 5 usb ports, and 4 mains outlets. I was wondering what peoples ideas were for generating these sources of power.  I know I could use a power strip and a usb hub with a wall adapter, but I was wondering what other more sleek ideas people had.  I have everything necessary to build my own systems, including a 5v power source; but I posted in the hope someone might have some really sleek and elegant solution for me. Winning prize goes to the person with the sub $10 solution!

Posted by Cold Shoulder Media 6 years ago


Brain Storming: What can I do with this tract ?

I have, available to me, tracts of plastic that resemble lighting tracks that hold those lights you can move from area to area, hung from the ceiling. Their are, however; made of a fairly thin plastic, with a recycle 6 on them (our locals do not take #6's). They are a little flexible, but not overly so. They have a notch/tab at each end, faced in the same direction (allowing what is on the tract, to come off one end but not the other). Another description of them might be that they look similar to those metal tracks used to hold sockets in a row (for those that have seen them), only made from translucent plastic. I now have Pictures posted below,. What can these be used for? They throw away about 6-20 of them A DAY. The tracts once held little packets of tea or coffee pouches that have a plastic T top in them (like the packets pictured)

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


How to make it work? USB + 5V rechargeable battery + 12V LED strip!

I want to an LED Strip that works my USB or Battery, I got the battery and the USB working fine, the battery charges up without problems, but I need to light the LED Strip (12V) with a 5V battery. Is there a DIY way to: -Step up the voltage, or -Step down the LED Strip Voltage. I know each SMD LED works around 3V, but I can't make sense of the wiring and resistors on the Strip, to wire the SMDs in parallel.

Posted by RaptorHunter 4 years ago


running LED strip on ac

So i started working on a new project with RGB LED strips and I needed a power source, I dug around my box full of wall warts and saw one that said 12v 3000mA and thought ''perfect!''. I never hit the wires with my multimeter, just used a spare chunk of led strip to figure out polarity.. Anyway, plugged a line into my strip and into my LM7805 and blew my voltage regulator, only then did I look at the power supply and notice it was 12v AC! So to my question (sorry for the long winded intro) How are my LEDs working with AC power?? I switched the leads and they turn on with either line attached, so its obviously alternating, but how could these turn on at all?

Posted by emikayee 5 years ago


Why does the message system strip all formatting?

So, I've been sending and receiving a bunch of messages lately, and every time I do, all my paragraph formatting gets stripped and my message arrives as an ugly and hard to read block of text. Is there a way to get around this? Does anybody know why this happens? (I wasn't sure where to put this, so I dropped it here. Is there an official area for website questions like this?) ~ Joe, ThePropNerds

Posted by ThePropNerds 7 years ago


Arduino motor shield to control RGB LEDs

I was wondering if anyone has tried to use a motor shield to control 12v  RGB LED strips? It seems like it would work but I haven't seen anyone try it. So, if anyone would like to step in and stop me before I fry my arduino and motor shield, I would be very grateful! Cheers

Posted by emikayee 5 years ago


Cartoon Strip

Could someone make a cartoon strip for this story, I am lousy at drawing and I am looking for something Norman Rockwell esk. I would gladly give a years pro membership for a cartoon strip depicting this story.  http://www.writers-network.com/index.cgi?m=1&view;=254164

Posted by Josehf Murchison 2 years ago


(newsletter) USB Power Strip, IKEA Hack, Macbook Upgrade...

Aug 28, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Want to teach the world to craft? Then check out theCraft Skills Contest from our friends at Lion BrandYarn, Singer, and Stitch Lounge! Share your skills to win a sewing machine, crafting books, and yarn! Instructables HQ was attacked by zombies! See all the gruesomepictures and video here, then drag your reanimated corpseover to enter ourzombie caption contest.Upcoming... Speaking of zombies... we're also putting together the biggestand best Halloween contest ever! October will be heresoon, so start working on an elaborate costume and creepy decorations! Youcan also get a head start on our Faberge Egg Contest,where you could win a Sonos sound system and have your egg displayed in New YorkCity! Strong wall-mounted bicycle repairstand by headdead How to illustrate your Instructable by KaptinScarlet Amazon Kindle e-ink ScreenTransplant by blakebevin Faux Stained Glass by goosezilla Instructables HQ attacked! IKEA Hack-a-Lack by arne hendriks Easy Spicy - Yummy Baked Tofu by homesteadcat Build a simple Marx Generator by Plasmana Balancing Robot by vahid_you2004 Backyard Terrace by carkat Computer scroll wheel with bearings by 42ndOddity Portobello Burger with Grilled Feta by itschrys Upgrade Your Macbook Hard Drive by lamedust Top 10 Instructables tohelpget ready for class USB Controlled Power Strip by toymotorhead Gift Box from a Cereal Box by blightdesign How not to block cameras by randofo Revive an older din 5 keyboard by MasamuneX Now go make somethingawesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Could a 12v LED light strip be powered by a portable power bank

I don't know the exact specifications for my LED light strip but i know a 12v 2500mah lithium battery powered it for at least 2 or 3 hours, unfortunately it was a crappy Chinese knock off battery that damn near blew itself up after repeated use and i can't find a replacement that doesn't look like exactly the same battery. with that in mind are there any small power banks with a 12v output that i could use? or is there some means of boosting a 5v output power bank which seems to be the most widely available type?

Posted by ambientvoid 1 year ago


Diy LED strip light powered from a solar powered battery bank (for painting/drawing at night)

I like to paint nightscapes and so far headlamps are not working so well for me. I used a portable light bar one night that worked well (on loan) but it was too heavy. I've been through stores looking for the right thing...and harbor freight came close. But I need something lighter weight and less expensive.  Two or three led lights don't cast enough light and 30 led storebought lights are too much light. I have a solar powered phone charger with battery bank (with usb connections) that I now plan to use as the portable power source. I plan to use a pringles potato chip tube as the light housing that can be attached by clips to my pochade (really a mod'd cigar box) on top of a camera tripod. I guess my main concern is weight on the box, so I thought running a cable off a power source hanging from the tripod would be more secure and less likely to fall in my palette (as has already happened). I need help figuring out the circuit board; and also choosing the right white led for color purposes. Any thoughts?

Posted by sreudianflip 1 year ago


New kayak design, is it good?

Hello everybody! I've moved most of my robotics projects to Let's Make Robots (All LMR are belong to us!) and I'm gonna do some wood-working now! I decided to build a kayak. Why? I dunno, I want to build one, and I always wanted to go kayaking. No I'm not gonna go take lessons (tips/tricks are welcome), I'll train myself. I'm expecting a couple capsizes. LOL. Anyways, I found a program that helps to design kayaks called Kayak Foundry. The software tells me where to put the sheer strip, where the waterline will be, and it also generates the forms to build from. The only problem I have is that this thing will cost $400-$450 to build. Before I invest that kind of money in a possible failure, I need to know if I have a stable design. Below are the cross sections and a model I made in Google Sketchup (gotta love free software!). Take a look at them, I need to know: -Is the design stable -Will it float with a 185lb man in it The software gave me a stability rating of 90 (out of 100, with 40-50 being a racing kayak) Also, there are pictures of data from the software. the red line on the graph is my design, the black line is the target. Also, on the volume distribution curve, the line should be right in the middle (the cockpit or whatever it is called should be in the middle of the boat.) I guess I forgot to save or something. If you can help, please do. I'd rather not spend $400-$450 dollars on an unstable boat that always capsizes. Thanks, Gimmelotsarobots

Posted by gimmelotsarobots 8 years ago


Mobius strip shrinky-dink

A strip of shrinky-dink plastic, twisted over, held together with a tab, and baked for a few minutes produces a solid Mobius strip shrinky-dink.

Posted by Tetranitrate 11 years ago


Transistor help

I got a 5M LED Light Strip. Its controller say it needs 12V 2A but each LED uses 20mA each and there are 300 in this strip which = 6A. I want to cut this strip into 4 segments and power each one using an arduino. 1 strip = 2.1A 2 strip = 1.26A 3 strip = 1.5A 4 strip = 1.14A =6A My question is do I need different transistors for each strip because of the difference in amperage or can I use the same one? If so, which one!? Thanks for your attentions. Bobbay

Posted by Tzla 6 years ago


Arduino PWM and RGB LED strips

Hi.  So I bought an arduino uno, some IRL530NBPF, and 4,3m RGB LED strips. I want to control the strip with the arduino, but can anyone tell me how to hook it up?

Posted by sinding 8 years ago


reusing LCD LED strips

I have just cannibalized an LCD (B156XW02) I managed to save the LED strip and the control board that it attaches to. was kinda wondering how to reuse the LEDS on this strip. any ideas?

Posted by Revolverkiller 5 years ago


Comic strip writing

Hello, this is my first post. I'm looking to draw a sarcastic comic strip and am looking for tips for writing it. I have character ideas and a plot but having the catchy writing will help

Posted by Gagreg 10 months ago


LEDs strips

who can help me, i need to make a very long LED strip, and i dont know how to do it, thnx for yor help :)

Posted by eyoung1 7 years ago


LED strips design?

How are these LED strips wired? I know they must be in parallel but what kind of resistors and how many LEDs per parallell? If anyone has a diagram of a good layout on how to string up 48 green LEDs with a 12v power supply, it'd be much appreciated.http://cgi.ebay.com/300mm-Flexible-Led-Strip-w-30pcs-Green-Leds-Extendable_W0QQitemZ200170044029QQihZ010QQcategoryZ66949QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemandhttp://cgi.ebay.com/48CM-PVC-LIGHT-STRIPE-STRIP-IN-48-LED-BULB-LAMP-GREEN_W0QQitemZ300169468922QQihZ020QQcategoryZ66949QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Posted by mrshow555 11 years ago


Source for reliable bright white led strips that can be powered with 5v (USB)

Hello,  wanting to build a portable light tracing box that can be ran off the power of a laptop USB port.   Are there any sources for strips of that voltage?   Mostly what I have found is 12v,   the sites that seem to have 3v strips seem unusually expensive or the details of the strips are vague so I don't know if they are trustworthy.

Posted by NKAc_street 3 years ago


Is there anyway to fix stripped crank arms?

Well I was riding my fixed gear and my right crank arm got stripped. I don't really want to buy a new one but if it's necessary I will get a new set. Is there anyway I can fix it so I don't have to buy a new crank arm set?

Posted by CreedX 10 years ago


Help with LED strips

I need around 300 ft of white led strips lights. I found 16.4ft strips on amazon. If I connected all (19) of them, would a normal ac outlet suffice? You may be thinking, what am i doing with 300 ft of leds, it is for decoration for my dad's business.  AC to DC converter  http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007ME2HMQ/ref=aw_1st_sims_3?pi=SL500_SY115 Strips http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002QQ1YOM/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?qid=1376277760&sr;=8-6π=SL75 If it doesnt work, how would i run all of them from an AC outlet The outlets are US standard (if that makes a difference)

Posted by Brinith 5 years ago


Plz Help remove stripped screw!

Here is the complete description: Trying to take apart Gamecube Got to heatsink Stripped 4 screws Stripped to point of being square Recessed so no parts are sticking out No access from below Located in VERY small spaces Unable to drill through screw heads No square drill bits of that size WHAT CAN I DO? I need help ASAP!

Posted by Murdok 11 years ago


where can i find pure copper and zinc strips?

I need several strips of copper and zinc for a science project but its frustratingly hard to find zinc anywhere in the Seattle area. I have already tried the local electronics store and plumbing store. Can you guys suggest anything not outrageously expensive and within an hour driving distance?

Posted by Plastic Fir 10 years ago


Piezo Triggered LED lighting with a twist!

Hi There are already a few threads and topics on this site explaining how to hook up a piezo triggered light strip, however I'm looking to build a custom drum kit with particular lighting system and i can't find the info I need to build it. Inside the drums I want a constant, static colour of my choice on the led strip (e.g. blue) and then the piezo trigger triggers that LED strip to to different colour (e.g. red) for a quick flash and then back to blue. I would also like to have control over which colour combinations I use, so if i want yellow drums with green flashes, i would hopefully be able change that with a remote. Is there a circuit or a mod of an existing circuit that will handle my needs? Cheers, Owen

Posted by oesheppard 3 years ago


Lighting a short strip of LEDs w remote. volts and amps.

I made this POW edge-lit plexi for a friend and I want to make sure I power it exactly right. Any help would be appreciated.  Im using a 10 led strip. They are snipped from a rgb led strip 5050. rated at 12v. How do I know how many amps to use for such a short strip? below in an image are the full specs. it says 5amps for 5meters. would I use 12v 1amp or .5 amp? Plus does the remote control box(12v) take any amps?   I read that you dont want to under do it with volts and amps because the strip will try to pull what it needs then overheat. what about over loading it? I just need this to be safe. Thanks. *hope this is the right forum to post.

Posted by bsmith102 2 years ago


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


Easy way to strip paint off plastic containers?

I am trying to take paint (printing) off of a plastic container -- the body is a 5 and the lid is a 2. I can do it by hand using sand paper but it is taking a really long time. (And I have 18 containers to strip.) Any suggestions for something that would strip this and not be too crazy with fumes, bad for environment, yadda yadda yadda? Thanks for the help!

Posted by kellybasinger 10 years ago


How to run (and power) 40 16' LED strips with a single controller?

I am working in a room with an exposed beam ceiling.  I am planning on running 16' strips of 12v RGB 5050 (150 LED) up each rafter.  So in total I will end up with around 40 strips.  Each strip is listed to consume ~36w.  Tons of info on the net about controlling and powering 2-4 strips at a time. But 40?  I'm having trouble drawing out how to power the strips (power supplies + amplifiers) at the same time being able to control them from a single controller.  (A simple generic controller that has selectable colors/ blinking/ etc)  Is is possible to control all these with a single RGB controller? I would love to get into a DMX setup. But all the DMX controllers I've seen only show controlling a grid of 300 LED's.  Is there anything remotely feasible for a home setup that could control 6000 LEDs?

Posted by mrlegoman 5 years ago


LED Strip running very hot, so hot the two way tape came undone.

Hi just installed Led strips under my kitchen cabinets only to find they came undone due to the heat they produced. They are 12V LED Strips hooked to a 12 volt 2.5 amp transformer. I took a reading and the volts going to the LED Strip is 12V. Positive is connected to (Red wire) and Negative to the Black. What am I doing wrong or are these defective? How can I test them to see if they are defective assuming I connected them correctly?

Posted by DanTheDqMan 4 years ago