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I'm currently in researching mode, I'd like to upgrade my normal LED string along my eaves to the RGB Tape/Ribbon. I have seen on the GEEK app they have them pretty inexpensive.  I have discovered for every 10 meters (2 rolls) I would have to repower the next 10 meters. I have 184' of eaves (in total)  so I'm figuring 12 5M rolls.  This would require six power points and would make six channels on the controller if I'mv understanding the controller correct. 

 

1> What sort of power supply would I need to handle the amount of tape/ribbon setup?

2> This seems like a lot of RGB + 2 wire to run to six locations since the power supply is stationary, how does one manage the wires?

 

In the event I want to just  use one color (say I want to outline my garage, or a mini tree, can this be used like a standard LED/Incandescent setup (IE use the LOR controller to handle the power to the tape/ribbon power adapter)?

 

Any advice on how I can achieve this setup next year would be helpful.

 

Thank You

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Are we talking Dumb RGB strips or smart RGB strips? For dumb RGB strips yer looking at 3 channels, 1 red, 1 green 1 blue and you will need a  1 power that can be run off the PSU.. If were talking dumb RGB here then you can use one of these right here. I would put it in an enclosure then run a power and ground wire off of it to these which you place in between the strings. You can run just one wire off the PSU to a fuse  block then run off the block to the  amplifiers.

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Yes they are dumb lights.  This has been wicked helpful!  I appreciate it!     The RGB amps you listed,   So for every 10 meters I would install one of these I assume, do you have a diagram or photo of how it would look?

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Yes they are dumb lights.  This has been wicked helpful!  I appreciate it!     The RGB amps you listed,   So for every 10 meters I would install one of these I assume, do you have a diagram or photo of how it would look?

 

You strips should be around 5 amps max on full white. This i show it should look when you hook them up. If you do not have the connections you can get them off ebay as well.

 

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This topic is similar to some questions that I have so I am going to post here.  I have an LED based display and am interested in adding RGB's to it.  I have very little knowledge on what this might entail and am looking for someone to speak with to get some questions answered.  Like Djsk0tt, I am interested in adding the tape along windows and the roof line.  I am not sure if I am going to start with dumb rgb's or smart pixels.  A lot will depend upon how fast I want to make the transition.  There are some basic things that I simply do not know such as;  if the rgb tape is a specific length, how do you get it to attach around the corner of a window?  What lengths do these light strips come in?  Can they be left up all year?  Will a glue gun be OK to mount them to a brick / wood / metal surface?  (My house has all three).  

 

If there is anyone who is willing to banter back and forth and help me figure out if this is worth pursuing, please drop me a note here.  Thanks in advance.

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This topic is similar to some questions that I have so I am going to post here.  I have an LED based display and am interested in adding RGB's to it.  I have very little knowledge on what this might entail and am looking for someone to speak with to get some questions answered.  Like Djsk0tt, I am interested in adding the tape along windows and the roof line.  I am not sure if I am going to start with dumb rgb's or smart pixels.  A lot will depend upon how fast I want to make the transition.  There are some basic things that I simply do not know such as;  if the rgb tape is a specific length, how do you get it to attach around the corner of a window?  What lengths do these light strips come in?  Can they be left up all year?  Will a glue gun be OK to mount them to a brick / wood / metal surface?  (My house has all three).  

 

If there is anyone who is willing to banter back and forth and help me figure out if this is worth pursuing, please drop me a note here.  Thanks in advance.

One thing you need to look into is do you want the Strips, as you call them tape, or Pixel nodes. My opinion, and my opinion alone, Nodes are better, they stand up to the weather better, they take a beating better and quite frankly are easier to repair if they get damaged. But that is my opinion, you need to decide that for yourself. Many people make frames for their RGB lights, me, i am building my frames out of 1/4x1/2 aluminum stock and using these clips to secure them to the aluminum., but one of the most popular frame materials is PVC pipe then you can mount the pipe frames to your window frames with clips like these. Weather you get strips of nodes, there are many Contollers out there that you can get. My suggestion if you plan to run Dumb RGB is to get a Ren24DC, it can be run wired or  wireless or you can always get a Komby RF1  and Dumb RGB expansion board and attach one to each strip, these are also wireless.

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For dumb RGBs, the easiest controller is Light-O-Rama's CMB24D. It hooks up to your normal controllers so you don't need new networks and stuff.

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