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I am getting ready to put up some led strips and see multiple 90 bend connectors. I need an outdoor one though and can't find any. If I buy the 90 bend and silicone it up after the install, is that good enough to be outside for a month in a cleveland winter? Maybe snow and rain on some corners...any help or ideas would be much appreciated!

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Heard a lot of bad things with these connectors. Take a 6 or 8 inch piece of 3 or 4 conductor wire, depending on your pixels and loop it into a 90°. Then, silicone it with GE Silicone II.

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I had similar issues, instead of the wire I soldered pigtails on the ends, it makes setup/removal and repair easier when it can come apart in pieces.

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This is what i used... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01727CTPC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It makes the connection the same way that vampire plugs work on SPT wire.  It pierces the silicone and makes contact with the soldering tabs (cut points) in the LED strips, which creates a waterproof connection.  I also live in Cleveland so we well see how well they hold up.  

They were easy enough to work with.  Just make sure that you have them lined up properly and apply enough force to pierce the silicone.  

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Dumb question about these, but doesn't it assume that the cut line falls right on the corner? What happens if it falls a few inches short (or over)? I was thinking of buying some but then that thought popped in my head and was wondering how you addressed it. Thanks.

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54 minutes ago, Brucey said:

Dumb question about these, but doesn't it assume that the cut line falls right on the corner? What happens if it falls a few inches short (or over)? I was thinking of buying some but then that thought popped in my head and was wondering how you addressed it. Thanks.

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The way I addressed this issue, was to use nodes zip tied to PVC. Too much can go wrong with strips. I've spent months on projects and just knew I had them water resistant enough. 2 weeks after putting them on the gutters, I had to replace them again, with nodes. Just sayin'.

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I have tried all those connectors and THEY ALL BITE!

If you strip moves and giggles the connector lose you will not have any lights. If it rains and they get wet... give it up. They rust out extremely fast. Either solder them together or run the strips on the inside that way you don't need a connector. This is what I did and it's awesome when it color washes the window.

 

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46 minutes ago, gsmith37064 said:

If you strip moves and giggles the connector lose you will not have any lights. If it rains and they get wet....

 

That was my thought as well but when I saw "chris" post about them, I was confused as to how effective they would be.  For me personally, since I have the dumb ribbons for the windows, I've already figured that they'll 'bow' a little at the corners but if I do them consistently it won't look too bad.

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5 hours ago, gsmith37064 said:

If you strip moves and giggles ...

I've learned that if only one or two diodes giggle the strip might be okay, because not all of them are ticklish.  But if they get to giggling like a bus full of school girls you might as well replace the whole strip right then and there and save yourself the time later. 

I've also learnt the hard way that you've gotta be careful about cracking jokes (especially one-liners) within earshot of the strips.  Smart strips aren't so bad.  But the dumb strips are called dumb for a reason.  When one pixel starts giggling, it spreads through the entire strip like a viral infection and then you can't get them to take anything seriously the rest of the day.

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Does anyone have pics showing the soldering?

Nodes, how did you mount them and at what spacing?  Picture?

 

Thanks

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5 minutes ago, Dave76 said:

Does anyone have pics showing the soldering?

Nodes, how did you mount them and at what spacing?  Picture?

 

Thanks

Soldering strips

 

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Thank you

27 minutes ago, Mr. P said:

Soldering strips

 

Thanks

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Soldering the 4 wire ribbons is a pain, imo, with any wire thicker than 18 gauge.  Someone gave me the suggestion to do 16 on alternating top and bottom pads, which worked, but 18 was a lot easier and I was able to do them all on the same side. 

Just make sure if you're going to do it that you get the color schemes correct.  When I did it, I soldered the power, then one 'color' at a time to make sure the connection was strong and I had the right color combination until I got comfortable with the process.  I just had a pigtail hooked up to the soldered end connected to the controller, soldered a color, turned it on through HU, then moved onto the next one.  Just a suggestion.

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This is what i used... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01727CTPC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It makes the connection the same way that vampire plugs work on SPT wire.  It pierces the silicone and makes contact with the soldering tabs (cut points) in the LED strips, which creates a waterproof connection.  I also live in Cleveland so we well see how well they hold up.  

They were easy enough to work with.  Just make sure that you have them lined up properly and apply enough force to pierce the silicone.  

These look interesting. Have you actually used them yet? Or will this be your first year? And where in cleveland are you? I am in highland heights...

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On 10/12/2016 at 9:37 AM, Brucey said:

Soldering the 4 wire ribbons is a pain, imo, with any wire thicker than 18 gauge.  Someone gave me the suggestion to do 16 on alternating top and bottom pads, which worked, but 18 was a lot easier and I was able to do them all on the same side. 

Just make sure if you're going to do it that you get the color schemes correct.  When I did it, I soldered the power, then one 'color' at a time to make sure the connection was strong and I had the right color combination until I got comfortable with the process.  I just had a pigtail hooked up to the soldered end connected to the controller, soldered a color, turned it on through HU, then moved onto the next one.  Just a suggestion.

Thanks for the tips!

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On 10/12/2016 at 8:48 AM, Mr. P said:

Soldering strips

 

Thanks!

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On 10/12/2016 at 10:51 AM, Scud2 said:

These look interesting. Have you actually used them yet? Or will this be your first year? And where in cleveland are you? I am in highland heights...

I have them on the house now but yes this is my first year using them.  No issues so far.  

Funny, I work in Highland Heights.  I'm I'm Lake county.  Painesville.

I will take some pics soon and post them.  

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Here's a pic of the LED strips around the windows and door.  

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That looks great. Clean straight lines. I like them. I think this year I may try to just put little bends in the led. If that turns out bad I may just opt for those! But glad I have something to fall back on!

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Thanks.  I am pretty pleased with the way that they turned out. 

Good luck with your project.

Thank you. I'll have to find your house and see it this Christmas! There is another house in mayfield heights that goes crazy!

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Thank you. I'll have to find your house and see it this Christmas! There is another house in mayfield heights that goes crazy!

Light o rama house that is lol

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9 minutes ago, Scud2 said:

Thank you. I'll have to find your house and see it this Christmas! There is another house in mayfield heights that goes crazy!

I will have to check it out.  I will let you know when I get the Christmas lights up.  I'm just trying to get through Halloween for now! 

I'd like to keep tabs on your display too.  Keep me posted. 

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I will have to check it out.  I will let you know when I get the Christmas lights up.  I'm just trying to get through Halloween for now! 

I'd like to keep tabs on your display too.  Keep me posted. 

Awesome thanks!

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